Since 2014, all Local Authorities must publish, in one place, information about provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 years of age who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This is called the Local Offer.
The Local Offer must include both local provision and provision outside the area that the local authority expects is likely to be used by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities for whom they are responsible.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities available.
To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and service providers.
The Local Offer forms a significant part of the new SEN Code of Practice and focusses on statutory duties for local authorities. The Local Offer is what goes on every day to support children and young people with SEN and how we ensure quality around this. This includes what we expect to be available in schools, colleges and other educational provision.
This Statement sets out, the responsibilities of the school, Governors and the Local Authority for meeting the needs of pupils and their parents/carers who have been identified as having Special Educational/Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
By law, the Local Authority has to publish the arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and further details are available in the Local Authority Local Offer. All school receive funding in their budget to allow them to provide for pupils with SEN, and have the freedom to make the necessary arrangements using existing staff, or look for advice and support from outside the school. When a child has a special need, the school and its Governing body is required to fulfil the requirements set out in the Children and Families Bill 2014.
Click here for information about Stockport's local offer
Outlined in the next few pages are the types of things we do to support all of our children with additional needs as well as targeted types of support that we are able to provide in relation to specific areas of SEND. The information is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.
If you would like further information about the support that Queensgate Primary can offer, please contact our SENCo, Mrs Rayner, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 0161 439 3330
Our vision statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our pupils with additional learning needs. The SEND Information report document gives families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to achieve their potential. We provide a full range of educational and pastoral support to all of our pupils and those with SEND make very good progress. The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.
There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:
- They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
- They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
- They have emotional or mental health difficulties.
- They have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
- They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example visual impairment.
What kinds of Special Educational Needs (SEN) does the school provide for?
Queensgate is a Resource School with provision for eight pupils. The resource pupils work alongside the mainstream pupils for the majority of the school day. They have highly differentiated work and individualised access to the curriculum. The resource pupils have an annual review of their progress, as outlined above, for pupils with EHCPs. The school has facilities for the implementation of individual therapy programmes. The Inclusion Manager/SENCO liaises with outside agencies, parents, staff and pupils to ensure pupil progress and curriculum access. Links are maintained with Special Schools and Nurseries locally, supporting integration for pupils with special needs. At Queensgate Primary School, we provide for children of varying needs. This is done through a number of methods depending on the children’s needs. A child is classed as having special educational needs if he or she has learning difficulties that call for special educational provision to be made. We have experience of supporting children with a wide range of SEND needs including:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental and Emotional Health
- Sensory and/or Physical
Click here for our SEND policy and Information report
Click here for our Accessibility plan
Provision and support
- Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and Inclusion Manager at Queensgate Primary School
Mrs K Rayner will oversee the support your child receives by: providing professional support for teachers and support staff in the school, so they can help your child achieve the best possible progress in school. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources. Also by liaising with other people who may be coming into school to help support your child's learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist etc. - please ring the school office 0161 439 3330 to arrange an appointment to meet Mrs Rayner if you require any additional support.
The SEND Governor, Mr J Peet is the appointed Governor that communicates any SEND updates and information to the Governing Body. The SEND Governor spends time in school with the SENCO discussing current information about SEND children and their provision. The Governor may also support the SENCO with some monitoring tasks that are carried out in school regularly in order to ensure the best quality support is in place for SEND children.
The Governing body are involved with the SEND provision, as they are with all other elements of school life. It is part of their role to look at provision that is in place, and support the SENCO in decisions about SEND provision across school. They look annually at data/reports about the performance of SEND children, and strive for the best education for all children, including those with SEND. Members of the Governing body will, at times, visit school to look more closely at initiatives that are in place to support SEND children, alongside other children.