Aldersley High School’s SEND Information Report 2020 – 2021
Aldersley High School is a fully inclusive mainstream Academy situated in Wolverhampton, it is part of the Amethyst Academy Trust. At Aldersley High School, all students are valued equally, regardless of where their abilities lie, with the Academy being committed to “providing our students with the best life chances”. All students are entitled to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs. Within its aims, Aldersley High School is committed to equal opportunities, with students being encouraged to achieve their full potential, whatever their academic or physical ability, through the provision of a balanced and challenging curriculum in both content and styles of learning.
- Students of all ages and all abilities will:
- Be treated as individuals where their individual needs, interests and aptitudes are recognised.
- Be entitled to have an emerging or evident special educational need identified and assessed.
- Be provided with opportunities for continued growth and development so that they can increase their self-esteem and become confident.
- Receive a balanced curriculum in both content and style of delivery which allow them to make informed choices as they progress beyond the Academy.
- Be encouraged to achieve their full potential, whatever their abilities.
- Be encouraged to learn through a range of enjoyable and stimulating experiences in an atmosphere where students feel valued, encouraged and safe.
- Learn to take an increasing responsibility for their own learning and actions so that they will be equipped to deal with life after school.
- Be encouraged to see education as a life-long process to the benefit of all aspects of their life.
This SEND Information Report outlines information regarding the ways in which we provide support for all students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), in order to realise their full potential, make outstanding academic and personal progress and grow to be equipped for their future lives. Provision may change and develop over time.
The information required to be included in this SEND Information Report is stated in The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 SCHEDULE 1: Information to be included in the SEN information report. This can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1530/schedule/1/made
1. The kind of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for which provision is made at the school.
What kinds of SEND do students have in your school?
Students at Aldersley High School have a range of needs including Communication and Interaction; Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and Sensory or Physical difficulties. We have an ASD andSpeech and Language Resource base whereby we ensure students with specific ASD and Speech and Language needs are catered for.
2. Information, in relation to mainstream schools about the school's policies for the identification and assessment of students with special educational needs and disabilities.
How do you know if a pupil needs extra help?
When your child first joins Aldersley High School, we use information from a range of sources to help identify SEND and other needs. These include information from parents/carers; primary school teachers; end of key stage 2 levels; base line testing; literacy and numeracy tests; application form information; subject teachers; specialist colleagues and external agencies.
Our class teachers, SENCo, Senior Leadership team (SLT), Heads of Department (CTLs) and Achievement and Standard Leaders (ASLs) closely monitor the progress and attainment of all students, including those who have or may have SEND after each data capture.
The continuous monitoring of students during their time at Aldersley High School will further identify students with a special educational need. This identification may come from tutors, subject teachers, support colleagues, Pastoral Heads of Year, Outside agencies, parents/carers or the students themselves. If your child needs to be assessed we would use a range of assessments depending on the area of need. If it is thought a family needs support, we have good working relationships with outside agencies and a referral can be made to them.
We follow a staged and graduated approach to identifying and assessing needs, using the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ model. The triggers for intervention could be the teacher’s, support colleague’s or others concern, underpinned by evidence, about a pupil who, despite receiving differentiated learning opportunities, does make expected progress.
All students with SEND are on the SEND or Additional Needs registers which are accessible to all staff. Staff use this information to inform their lesson planning, teaching and student learning activities. Targeted interventions are planned and delivered where appropriate. This may include small group or individual work across a broad range of activities.
3a. How the school evaluates the effectiveness of its provision for such students.
How will I know that my child is making progress?
All students, including those with SEND, are assessed on a regular basis, in accordance with the Academy’s Assessment Policy. Teachers formally assess and review progress and attainment between 3 and 5 times a year, depending on year group, which is communicated to parents/carers by an ROP or report that is sent home. Additionally, parents evenings are held twice a year when there is an opportunity to discuss progress, attainment and next steps. All students with a Statement or Education, Health & Care Plan have an Annual Review. SEND students who are on the SEND register will also have a termly review.
How do you evaluate provision?
The school has a Quality Assurance process that assesses the effectiveness of Teaching and Learning for all students, including those with SEND and the outcomes of these evaluations are used to create and implement development plans for all aspects of school life. These are regularly reviewed through regular evaluation.
Additionally progress and attainment data for students is analysed for effectiveness and value for money.
3b. The school’s arrangements for assessing and reviewing the progress of students with special educational needs and disabilities
How do you check and review the progress of my child and how will I be involved?
The school will send home between 3 and 5 reports each time a year, depending on year group, which will show your child’s current and target levels as well as reporting on their effort, behaviour and ability to meet deadlines.
SENCo, SLT, CTLs and RSLs and Inclusion staff will monitor and review your child’s levels and pick up on any subjects where your child is not making the right amount of progress. We will then put an intervention in place. At the next reporting time we will check whether the right progress has been made. We give reports to the governors who check and review the work of all departments, including SEND.
We welcome the involvement of parents/carers and want to keep you up to date and involved with your child’s progress.
We do this through parents evening; email; telephone calls; appointments made with individual teachers; Annual Reviews/termly reviews (for those on the SEND register).
The school provides information for parents through newsletters; information on the website and VLE; Open/Information days; Parents Evenings and letters home. Learning Plans are made available to parents termly.
3c. The school’s approach to teaching students with special educational needs and disabilities
How do teachers help students with SEND?
Our teachers have high expectations of all students, including those with SEND. All teachers will be told about your child’s individual needs and will adapt their lessons to meet these requirements. Teachers have experience and/or are trained in doing this. This may involve using different strategies, more practical/adaptation of resources and activities. This means your child can access the lessons fully. Within school there are a variety of staff roles to help us fully support your child. Where it is felt it is the right thing to do a student may be offered additional help and support, in which case you would be informed. There are a range of interventions and additional subject support which are available and should your child need this, it would be discussed with you.
When your child is approaching the start of Key Stage 4, if we think it is needed, we will assess and apply for exam Access Arrangements according to the Joint Council for Qualifications exam regulations.
3d. How the school adapts the curriculum and learning environment for students with special educational needs
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Most of our students follow a traditional curriculum, however a small number of learners have a more personalised curriculum to match their individual needs, interests and abilities. This may include option choices; additional literacy; nurture groups; intervention groups and number of qualifications studied.
How accessible is the school environment?
Our school is a safe and accessible building and we do our best to make it welcoming to the whole community. All safeguarding procedures and risk assessments are in place and adhered to by all staff. We have a range of different facilities to help SEND students throughout our school including a lift to access all areas; disabled toilets; ramps; wide corridors and equipment to help with reading and writing.
An Accessibility Plan is in place and available from our school website.
3e. Additional support for learning that is available to students with special educational needs
Is there additional support available to help students with SEND with their learning?
We have a wide range of staff to support students and address additional needs they may have, including students with SEND. This includes; SENCo; Deputy SENCo, and Learning Support Assistants;
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
We have Literacy Intervention; Pastoral Support Manager interventions and peer mentoring. Resources are allocated based on evidence of need and effectiveness. Students with a Statement/EHCP have resources allocated as outlined in their statement or plan. Learning Support Assistants are allocated, where resources allow, to support students in lessons. Staff liaise closely with them to ensure maximum effectiveness. They have a huge range of skills to offer in supporting students directly and indirectly, assisting staff and helping parents/carers. Students with Statements/EHCP’ s will have targets and strategies set by the SEND team in discussion with Wolverhampton SEN Start.
How is the decision made about how much/what support my child will receive?
Annual Reviews involving the student, parents/carers, subject staff and other professionals evaluate those targets and strategies. The decision is based on evidence of need and impact.
3f. How the school enables students with special educational needs and disabilities to engage in the activities of the school (including physical activities) together with children who do not have special educational needs and disabilities
What social, before and after school, and other activities are available for students with SEND?
A large range of academic and enrichment clubs are available at Aldersley High School. They are open to all students,
including students with SEND. Details of these clubs are available on the school website. Additionally we run a wide range
of activities to support SEND students including Homework Club, Lunch and Break Time Social Club, Breakfast Club etc. We also run coursework/revision sessions for older students as and when required.
How can my child and I find out about these activities?
SEND Clubs are by invitation only and these are outlined on the termly parents’ newsletter. All children in the school are encouraged to take part in extra activities at break time, lunchtime and after school.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?
Day and residential trips are open to all children and your child’s specific needs can be discussed if they wish to join such a trip.
3g. Support that is available for improving the emotional, mental and social development of students with special educational needs and disabilities
What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
At Aldersley High School we take our pastoral responsibilities seriously. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of student support and guidance. One way we support our students is by assigning them to a form tutor who will (in most cases) remain with them as they progress up the school. This provides continuity and builds a strong relationship between tutor and students.
There are additional members of staff who are able to provide pastoral support, these include: Deputy SENCo: A Pastoral Year Head; RSL, Educational Psychologist Counsellor; Learning Support Assistants; and four Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL). We also have excellent relationships with a number of external agencies, for example: Wolverhampton SEN START; Educational Psychologists, and CAMHS, MASH – for assessments from EP, EWO. Speech & Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services.
4. In relation to mainstream schools, the name and contact details of the SEND coordinator
Who should I contact if I want to find out more about how Aldersley High School supports students with SEND? What should I do if I think my child may have a special educational need or disability?
5. Information about the expertise and training of staff in relation to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and about how specialist expertise will be secured
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
We have a Learning Support department which is made up of the SENCo, Deputy SENCo, Admin Assistant and a number of Learning Support Assistants and a school nurse. Within this team we have staff who have a range of experience and training covering various SEN needs including the National Senco Qualification; DipHE (Nursing), BSc (Hons) Primary Health Care Practice. Bed (Hons), BA (applied Theology), DIP – pre-school practice. Cache Diploma in Childcare and Education (level 3). Foundation Degree in supporting inclusive Education. BA Hons Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, Foundation Degree Supporting Inclusive Practice, Mentoring level 2, ASD awareness (training including ADHD)
Training is provided to all staff, including teachers and LSAs, as the need arises and there is ongoing training for all staff as well as opportunities to further develop skills. Staff who are new to the school follow an induction programme which includes training and information on SEN.
As a school we can call on support from specialist organisations from within the Local Authority as well as Health and Social Care Services.
6. Information about how equipment and facilities to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities will be secured
What happens if my child needs specialist equipment or other facilities?
As a school we can access a range of services including Visual and Hearing Impaired Team and Disability Team. These services are contacted when necessary and appropriate, according to your child’s needs. If you believe your child needs specialist equipment or other facilities please contact Mrs Vernon, Mrs Harris or Mrs Palmer or discuss the issue at the next review/parents evening.
7. The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities about, and involving such parents in, the education of their child.
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child’s education?
We need you to support us and your child by encouraging them to fully engage with their learning and any interventions offered by:
- Helping them to be organised for their day (including bringing the right equipment and books)
- Full attendance and good punctuality
- Completion of homework
- Checking and signing planner (if your child has been allocated one)
- Attending parents meetings
- Attending any meetings specifically arranged for your child
How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
We will support you by having regular communication and a named key worker for your child who will contact you on a regular basis. Learning Plans will be available for you to access and support your children with their learning at home.
8. The arrangements for consulting young people with special educational needs and disabilities about, and involving them in, their education
How will my child be involved in his/her own learning and decisions made about his/her education?
Students are encouraged to take part in Pupil Voice activities; regularly evaluate their work in lessons; attend review meetings; contribute to target setting and reviewing and reflect on their learning and achievements by completing the student comments section at each review. They are asked to contribute to the completion of the student passport, expressing the main concerns they have that affects their learning.
9. Any arrangements made by the governing body or the proprietor relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of students with special educational needs and disabilities concerning the provision made at the school
Who can I contact for further information?
Who can I contact if I have a complaint?
In the first instance contact the subject teacher or your child’s tutor who may refer your concerns to a more senior member of staff if needed.
Alternatively please contact our Head of School. The schools complaints procedure is available on the school’s website.
Please contact Mrs L Vernon for further information.
10. How the governing body involves other bodies, including health and social services bodies, local authority support services and voluntary organisations in meeting the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities and in supporting the families of such students
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
As a school we can access a range of services including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS); Social Care; School Nurse Service; Educational Psychology Service; Connexions; Speech and Language Service; Occupational Therapy Service. Specialist SEN teacher service. These services are contacted when necessary and appropriate, according to your child’s needs.
If you believe your child needs support from a specialist please contact Mrs Vernon, Mrs Harris or Mrs Palmer or discuss at the next review/parents evening.
11. The contact details of support services for the parents of students with special educational needs and disabilities, including those for arrangements made in accordance with section 32.
Who should I contact to find out about support for parents and families of children with SEND?
Wolverhampton County Council Special Educational Needs:
Wolverhampton Local Offer for SEND and support and advice
Wolverhampton Outreach Service:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS):
Wolverhampton Parents Forum Group
ADHD support and family group
Autism Spectrum Support Group – Wolverhampton
12. The school’s arrangements for supporting students with special educational needs and disabilities in a transfer between phases of education or in preparation for adulthood and independent living
How will the school prepare and support my child when joining your school or transferring to a new school or post-16 provision?
We liaise closely with primary schools and provide additional transition support both before your child starts and afterwards, if it is needed. All children receive advice on careers and are encouraged to apply for Sixth Form or to visit colleges to explore post-16 courses. If additional support is needed this will be put in place. We work closely with Connexions to ensure relevant paperwork is completed for students with Statements/EHCP’s.
We have a range of information and guidance activities throughout the year to prepare students for life outside school.
13. Information on where the local authority’s local offer is published
Where can I find out about ther services that might be available for our family and my child?
Wolverhampton County Council Local Offer information:
We are a statutory service providing impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and other additional needs. The support that you can access from us is free, neutral, confidential and impartial.