Our school aims to be an inclusive school. We hope to make all our children welcome and feel happy to look forward to their school day. Every child is different and we view those differences as an opportunity for adults and children alike to learn more about themselves.
If your child has a disability he or she will be treated no less favourably than other applicants for admission. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage and we will know that we have succeeded when disabled pupils are participating fully in school life. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people with a disability are not treated differently without lawful justification.
In order that there is an effective partnership between home and school we anticipate that parents will want to:
- Inform the school, at the earliest opportunity, if their child has a disability and the exact nature of that disability.
- Provide the information the school needs to plan effectively for the child to be a full member of the school community.
- Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the Headteacher must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community.
- Recognise the importance of the school and home working in partnership.
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
Children, at some time in their school career, may have special educational needs of some kind. The difficulties a child may experience can vary and may occur in a number of areas. Some children will need help and support all of the time that they are at school, while other children may only need help for a short time.
Our aims with regard to SEND at Bar Hill School are:
- To have a curriculum which is accessible to and includes all pupils, and which matches their individual needs.
- To ensure that the requirements of those pupils with SEND are met.
- To ensure the early identification and assessment of children’s needs and to act upon the results of such identification.
- To ensure that children with Special Educational Needs receive a broad and balanced curriculum.
- To ensure that all children with SEND join in all school activities as far as possible.
- To provide differentiated work to take account of the needs of Gifted and Talented children as well as those with learning difficulties and ensure that the development of their children is celebrated. To ensure that the atmosphere of the school promotes a happy, sensitive and secure environment to enable the most effective learning.
- To ensure that the school aims to encourage parents as partners in the learning process for their children.
- To appreciate that notable achievements can be made by all pupils and these should be recognised and recorded.
Throughout their time at Bar Hill School, a pupil’s progress is continuously monitored and tracked. Every pupil’s progress is assessed at least once per term. This helps to highlight any problems immediately and identifies any children who may be falling behind. As soon as any problems are highlighted, appropriate intervention is taken to support pupils in the learning process through being placed on the SEND register and given an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
The SEND register is maintained by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) who is Rachel Bailham, EYFS teacher. Mrs Bailham successfully completed her National SENCo Award last year. The register is reviewed on a termly basis. IEPs are written by the class teacher, in consultation with the pupil, parent and SENCo and any other agencies who may be involved. Individual behaviour plans (IBPs) are also administered and shared with the children and parents if a plan is necessary.
Children with disabilities
We are proud to be a fully inclusive school. Our building is equipped for disabled pupils and those who have attended the school have made very good progress. We also have an accessibility plan in place for future improvements to the school buildings and access to the curriculum by disabled pupils. We are fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act which has ensured targeted and on going support for children with a range of disabilities including physical, medical and emotional needs.
The official complaints procedure for Special Needs is as follows:
If you have any complaint about the Special Educational provision for your child, or about Special Educational Needs generally, please speak to the Headteacher or to any member of the governing body. If you speak to a governor then he/she will, in the first instance, refer the matter to the Headteacher. The Headteacher will investigate and then contact you as soon as possible. If he/she has not resolved the matter to your satisfaction it will be referred to the Special Needs governor who will raise the matter at the next governing body meeting and reply to you as soon as possible.
Bar Hill School is also part of the ‘Achievement for All’ (AfA) project and during our first year (2012 – 2013) our results have exceeded the national results is the progress our children have made. We are now entering our second year of AfA.
Our SEND Policy is available for download: