How does the school know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

The school has close links with our feeder primary schools and meets regularly with the SENCOs and Head Teachers to discuss the needs of Year 5 and 6 pupils so that a smooth transition can be arranged.  Parents of pupils with SEND will be given the opportunity to meet with a member of the Learning Support Department before and on entry to the school.
All pupils are assessed on entry to The John Henry Newman Catholic School.  This information, alongside regular in-class testing and teacher feedback, is used to ensure that pupils receive appropriate levels of intervention.
The school works closely with, and values the opinions of our parents.  If you feel that your child may have a special educational need, which has not been identified, please contact Mrs Davies, Director of Learning Support and Inclusion.

How will school staff support my child?

The type and amount of support each child receives is assessed on an individual basis, with the goal to remove all barriers to learning, so that every pupil can reach his/her full potential. Teachers are responsible for the progress and development of all pupils in their class.  All teachers are provided with information regarding each child with SEND and strategies to support them within the classroom.  Parents will be given the opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers once a year.  If you have a particular concern you would like to discuss throughout the year you can contact them by e-mail or phone.
Pupils identified as having SEND will receive additional intervention from the Learning Support Department.  These interventions may be group or individually based and vary in duration.  Each pupil will have a key Learning Support Assistant (LSA) who will meet with him/her every term to discuss progress, deal with any concerns and set targets for the term ahead.

Current interventions include:

Functional Literacy Classes, Functional Numeracy Classes

Year 7 and 8 Humanities Programme
1:2:1 interventions to support pupils with particular areas of difficulty, e.g. spelling, reading
Social Skills Group
Reading Programme
In-class LSA Support
Diagnostic Testing
Access Arrangements
All pupils identified with an SEN need have access to our Inclusion Unit when appropriate.

How will I know how my child is doing?

All pupils will have learning reviews (HEROs) twice a year and an academic report will be issued annually.  At certain times you will have access to the schools data base, Go 4 Schools, which will inform you of your child’s current levels.  Parent consultation evenings are held once a year, where you will have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers.  All pupils with SEND will meet every term with their key LSA. The Director of Learning Support and Inclusion and Assistant Director of Learning Support and Inclusion is available at any point during the year to meet with parents.

How will the learning and development provision be matched to my child’s needs?

All teaching staff use differentiation within their classroom to ensure that all pupils can access the curriculum and reach their full potential.  Teachers work closely with the Learning Support Department to access the needs of each pupil with an SEN need or disability, plan suitable schemes of work and classroom interventions, and review progress.  Pupils and parents are encouraged to express their views though surveys and at meetings.

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Pupil’s overall wellbeing is supported through the pastoral system.  All year 7 pupils have a Sixth Form Mentor who they meet with once a week.  In addition to this, SEND pupils have a key LSA worker who they will meet with once a term.  The Assistant Director of Learning Support and Inclusions is responsible for the day-to-day welfare of SEND pupils who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties.  The school has close links with a number of external agencies who offer support as and when required.  We have two on-site counsellors and a Behaviour Support Teacher who works with pupils with behaviour and emotional difficulties.

What training have the staff who support the children with SEND had?

Most members of the Learning Support Department have received training on dyslexia and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
At least one teaching member of each department has received training on dyslexia.
All teaching staff have been trained on ASD.
Some members of the Learning Support Department have received training to support literacy and numeracy.
The Director of Learning Support has a British Psychological Society Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing and Real Training Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment & Access Arrangements.
Further training will be set up as required.

What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school?

The school has links with a number of professionals and agencies including: An Educational Psychologist; a Speech and Language Therapist; the Autism Advisory Service; CAMHS; the School Nurse; Connexions; the Visual Impairment Service; the Behavioural Support Team; GPs; A Mobility Officer; the Hearing Impairment Service; Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists.

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Parent Support Evenings and Parent Consultation Evenings are held annually. All pupils have a school diary where they record homework and this can be used for messages between home and school.  Some pupils with SEN will have a home/school communication book where teachers or learning support assistants will record homework in more detail.  The school uses ‘Show My Homework’ which is an on-line school homework calendar which parents can use to support their child.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

In the case of educational visits and trips, no child will be disadvantaged.  If necessary the Learning Support Department will support the specific needs of the child as identified from their student record and the risk assessment.

How accessible is the school environment?

The School's Accessibility Plan ensures that adjustments are made to facilitate access to school buildings for those who are disabled.  When students enter the School with specific disabilities identified, the Learning Support Departments take the lead in ensuring the requirements of the students are passed on to all staff.  Where necessary, inset is provided for staff to ensure the students’ educational needs are fully met e.g. working with a hearing or visually impaired student – this may involve support from external agencies.
The school is fully wheelchair accessible on the ground floor.  There are two disabled toilets.

Who can I contact for further information?

Mrs R Davies - Director of Learning Support and Inclusion daviesr@jhn.herts.sch.uk

Miss P Cusack –Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral). Designated Senior Person for Child Protection (D.S.P) & Line Manager of Learning Support cusackp@jhn.herts.sch.uk

Mr M Wright – Director of Learning for Lower School wrightm@jhn.herts.sch.uk

Miss J Scouller – Director of Learning for Upper School & Deputy D.S.P scoullerj@jhn.herts.sch.uk

Mrs W Howard – Director of Sixth Form howardw@jhn.herts.sch.uk

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?

All pupils have a new in-take meeting with a member of staff before they join the school.  Where appropriate, some pupils with SEND will have the opportunity for additional visits.  Some pupils will have the opportunity to partake in a transition group over 4 weeks during the Summer Term of Year 6.  Pupils transferring to a new setting are supported as required on an individual basis.

How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

The SEN budget is allocated in the following areas: Learning Support Assistants 15 (5 full time, 5 Part-time); 1 Literacy and Numeracy Tutor; 1 Inclusions Manager; 1 Director of Learning Support and Inclusions; 1 Assistant Director of Learning Support and Inclusions; 1 Learning Support Administrator.  The department has a number of resources including alpha smarts, laptops, specialist visual impairment equipment, literacy and numeracy resources.  The needs of each child are assessed individually and resources are allocated as and when needed.

How is the decision made about how much support my child will receive?

Parents, staff and pupils will be involved in all stages of the decision making process.  The type and amount of support will be based on each individual pupil’s needs.

Where can I find out about the local authority’s local offer of services and provision for children and young people with SEN?

www.hertsdirect.org/localoffer

For details of our School's  admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities, please refer to the relevant policy in the Admissions section of our website.