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SEN Report

Woodlawn School Local Offer for Young persons with Special
Educational Needs and / or Disabilities
September 2015

Woodlawn School are a fully inclusive school who ensures that all young persons achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. Our Local Offer lets you understand how we support young people.

We consult with young people and their families on our local offer by:

  Providing opportunities to discuss the content of the local offer with parents.
  Offering all parents the opportunity to see a draft of the local offer and comment.
  Ensuring the local offer is available on the school website.

Supporting Young people and Their Families

We consult with young people and their families on our local offer by:
  • Providing opportunities to discuss the content of the local offer with parents.
  • Offering all parents the opportunity to see a draft of the local offer and comment.
  • Ensuring the local offer is available on the school website.
We will let families know about any concerns and celebrate progress and achievement about a young people’s learning by:
  • Communication in the home/school book
  • Individual phone call from class teacher
  • School texting service
  • Social Media
  • Progress meetings
  • Discussion at Education/Health and Care plan meeting
  • Termly review of individual education plan.
  • Parent’s evenings
  • Informal coffee mornings
  • Annual Awards Evening
  • Specific multi-disciplinary meetings
When a pupil is identified as having special educational needs,
we support their assessment 
  • Working with multi-disciplinary colleagues and parents to ensure a detailed
  • assessment of the pupils needs is undertaken to lead to an Education Health Care Plan if required.
  • The other people / agencies and teams providing services to young people in school include:
  • Public Health nurses (Anne Foreman, Lindsay Dawson)
  • Speech and Language Therapy Team (Chloe Dent, Lynda Knight)
  • Physiotherapy service (Pam Mitcheson, Sarah Miller)
  • Occupational Therapy team (Katy Cleathero, Jenny Brewer)
  • Connexions Service (Emma Williams)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. (Claire Collings)
  • Educational Psychology Service (Gail Munro)
  • Visual Impairment Team
  • Hearing Impairment Team
Discussion with colleagues can be arranged through the school phone number 0191 643 2590.

We will work in partnership with other education providers to ensure that young persons make a successful transition to the next stages of their learning, through careful and coordinated planning of the transition.

We provide the following support to young people 
when they are leaving the school:
  • Access to staff to support transition.
  • Meetings and / or discussions with receiving school.
  • Access to independent advice from the Connexions service.
  • Access to support from the Transitions officer.
  • Opportunities to visit new placement with support.
Support staff are placed where they are needed throughout the school to ensure young people progress, independence and value for money. Teaching assistants are trained to at least Level 3 qualifications.

Staff Training

All staff have completed, and will continue to receive, ongoing training in special educational 
needs and disabilities.
Our fully qualified / trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Claire Harrison-Hoggarth provides advice and guidance to staff.

Supporting Families

The school works in partnership with families to help them support their young people’s 
learning outside of school.

Currently these include;
  • Communication through Home/School diary, text messages, Twitter and Facebook.
  • School newsletters which provide information and opportunities.
  • Parents evenings
  • Informal coffee mornings.
  • Parents Group.
  • Specific parental training sessions.
  • Opportunities for home learning.

School entitlement offer to young people.
Support Available Within School for young people

Available to all young

people whatever their SEN

/ Disability.

  • Small group work to improve skills.
  • Visual timetables.
  • ICT is used to support and enhance learning where appropriate including access ICT.
  • Strategies / programmes to support speech and language development.
  • Planning, assessment and review.
  • Work with young persons, parents, carers and staff to
  • develop and review plans based on the need of the young person.
  • Differentiated curriculum and resources.
  • Risk assessments to increase the safety and inclusion of all young persons in all activities.
  • Outdoor learning .
  • Support with personal / intimate care if and when needed.
  • Regular community learning opportunities.
  • Provision to support access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning.
  • Small group targeted intervention programmes
  • Support and advice is sought from outside agencies to ensure any barriers to success are fully identified and responded to.
  • Behaviour management systems encourage young persons to make positive decisions about behavioural choices.
  • Small group programmes are used to improve social skills and develop self esteem and well being.
  • Sensory strategies to support learning and regulate behaviours.
  • Support for alternative augmented communication.
  • Support / supervision at unstructured times of the day.
  • Where appropriate we will use support and advice from other partners to meet the needs of young persons.
  • Opportunities for work on physical development including swimming and rebound therapy.
  • Specific learning about enterprise and the world of work through jobs days and other curriculum opportunities.

Physical, Medical and Sensory Needs

  • Opportunities for sensory integration where appropriate including rebound therapy.
  • Staff trained in Team Teach approaches to deescalate and manage challenging behaviour.
  • Advice on diet
  • Advice on toilet training
  • Links with psychiatric and other consultants including where possible appointments in school.
  • Support and advice is sought from outside agencies to support young persons, where appropriate.
  • ICT is used to increase access to the curriculum.
  • The curriculum is focused on individual and sensory learning needs and is individually differentiated.
  • Access to the multi sensory room.
  • Support to access the curriculum and to develop independent learning.
  • Advice and guidance is sought and acted upon to meet the needs of young persons who have significant medical needs.
  • Access to Medical Interventions.
  • Access to programmes to support Occupational Therapy / Physiotherapy.
  • Support with personal / intimate care if and when needed.
  • Staff understand and apply the medicine administration policy.
  • Accessibility to young people in wheelchairs or who have reduced mobility.
  • The school has disabled toilets / facilities.
  • Staff receive training in the safe moving and handling of young people.
  • Staff trained in medical issues such as epilepsy, tracheotomy, gastrostomy feeding.
  • Support to access paediatric consultant and other professionals including where possible appointments in school.
  • Access to aquatic therapy swimming pool for physical and social skills programmes.

Additional Specific Opportunities in the Primary Department

  • Inclusion in local mainstream primary schools and nursery provisions where appropriate
  • Access to after school clubs.
  • Opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
  • Opportunities to develop ability to express own opinions and make choices through school council

Additional specific Opportunities in the Secondary Department and

Inclusion in local mainstream secondary schools where appropriate

Sixth Form
  • Access to after school clubs.
  • Specific opportunities to develop enterprise skills.
  • Opportunities to develop work skills on work experience.
  • Opportunities to develop early independent travel skills.
  • Opportunities to take part in competitive sport.
  • Access to independent advice from the Connexions service.
  • Access to residential trips including visits abroad via the Comenius Project.
  • Opportunities to develop ability to express own opinions and make choices through school council.