We are pleased to welcome you the SEND Department, here at The Warren. These pages will give you an insight into the values and work of the SEND Department at The Warren. The SENCO, in collaboration with the Head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of children with SEND.
Role of the SENCO
I am Miss D Ward and my key responsibilities as the SENCO include:
- Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy
- Liaising with and advising teachers
- Managing the SEND team of teachers and learning support assistants
- Coordinating the provision for students with special educational needs
- Overseeing the records on all students with special educational needs
- Liaising with parents of students with special educational needs
- Contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with external support agencies
- Working with Primary Schools for a successful transition for students with SEND
Role of the ARP Manager
To work with the SENCO to ensure all ARP student’s needs are met. Mrs Duke also teaches both ARP nurture groups English and Humanities. Mrs Duke is currently working on developing the curriculum and tailoring it so students incorporate hands-on activities within their lessons.
Role of the LSA
We have a large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA) who make a valuable contribution to the achievements of students. They may attend a student’s social needs but a high proportion of their role is educational. The key responsibilities of the LSA include:
Support for Students:
- To have high expectations of all students with SEND
- To provide in class, small group or individual support
- To offer help, as appropriate, to any student experiencing difficulties
- To praise, encourage and develop positive relationships
- To foster the participation of students in the social and academic processes of the school
- To enable students to become more independent learners
- To help raise the standards and achievement for all students
- To run interventions to support SLCN, Social Skills, Positive Behaviour and Literacy and reading recovery
Support for Teachers:
- To help develop effective collaborative working across the curriculum to support students with SEND
- To assist in the preparation of teaching and learning materials for students with SEND
- To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems for recording the progress of students with SEND
- To assist in the management of the whole class
- To feedback to teachers on student’s progress
- To provide regular feedback to the SENCO
Support for the School:
- To promote home school liaison for students with SEND
- To contribute to review procedures for students with SEND
- To liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about students as appropriate
- To contribute to the evaluation of the school’s SEND policy and practice through discussions with relevant staff
- To attend appropriate in-service training provided by school or LEA
- To be aware of and follow school policies and procedures
- To participate in educational visits
- To attend meetings required for information, planning and development
- To respect confidentiality at all times
Aims and Ethos
At The Warren we value all students equally. Our guiding principle is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and close down possible barriers to learning.
The aim of The Warren’s SEND policy is to develop a system of support, which enables students with Special Educational Needs to make the greatest possible progress. The support systems are based on comprehensive whole school systems of monitoring, assessment and intervention.
Objectives in making provision for pupils with SEND
- To ensure that all students including those with difficulties and disabilities have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to identify individual needs and abilities.
- To ensure that all teachers are aware that it is their responsibility to meet the Special Educational Needs of students. In this they can draw on the resources of the whole school.
- To ensure that every student has his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.
- To seek the views of the student and involve him/her in the process of support.
- To offer the high quality support to ensure that all student needs are met.
- To fully involve parents/carers in the process of provision for the student.
- To acknowledge and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.
- To ensure the aims of education for students with difficulties and disabilities are the same as those for all students.
- To maximise the opportunities for students with special educational needs to participate in all the activities of the school.
- To enable all students to experience success.
- To ensure that consideration of SEND crosses all curriculum areas and all aspect of teaching and learning.
- To ensure that all teachers encompass the good special needs practice which is beneficial for all students.
- To ensure awareness amongst staff that any student may encounter difficulties at some stage.