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Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Local Offer and SEN Support

Special Educational Needs And Disability (SEND) Code Of Practice: 0 To 25 Years

At Engage Academy we recognise that children and young people may have a wide range of needs. These may include cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory and physical.

We work with a variety of agencies, specialist services and health care professionals to ensure that our young people’s needs are effectively identified and addressed.

Local Offer of Provision and Support at Engage Academy

  • What is our school ethos towards pupils with Special Educational Needs?+

    At Engage Academy we offer a nurturing, safe inclusive and friendly environment where the building of trusting relationships is paramount. We have extremely high expectations and our pupils achieve good progress across the curriculum, with an emphasis placed on improving reading, writing and maths skills through personalised and creative learning opportunities.

    We have a broad, creative curriculum that enables all pupils, regardless of need, to achieve their potential and thrive in their new schools. The curriculum aims to practically support pupils; building strong foundations for positive emotional health and well-being by providing opportunities to further enhance and celebrate their many skills and talents. Pupils are fully integrated into all aspects of school life, including the extended curriculum, e.g. school visits, residentials and after school activities. Pupils previously disengaged from education, re-engage with a new-found enthusiasm and zest for learning.

  • How do you get a place at Engage Academy?+

    Transitional places (8 Places) are offered through consultation at the draft stage of the EHCP request or as recommended within the annual review process. Successful consultation will name Engage Academy as the placement provision in Section I of the EHC Plan. Places for Engage Academy will be considered following receipt of consultation paperwork from SENDACT. The Head Teacher, SENCo and SLT will discuss the case in order to determine if the child will be considered for a transitional place within the provision at Engage Academy if they meet the following criteria:

    • The child has an EHCP and has been assessed as having social, emotional and mental health needs identified as a primary need;
    • The Annual Review evidences that interventions and specialist advice has been put in place, followed, monitored and adjusted as necessary. This should include advice from the Social, Emotional and Mental Health outreach team;
    • If other areas of need have been identified within the EHCP these have also had advice from specialists and the advice implemented for at least a term with limited progress;
    • There is clear evidence that the needs of the child limit their ability to access the curriculum and/or impede their emotional, social or behavioural development and as a result impact upon their ability to make progress in learning;
    • The child needs to access a specialist nurturing environment providing specialist knowledge, skills, technology and/or resources;
    • The child has a sudden deterioration following a high level of trauma/disclosure which requires intensive support for a period of time delivered by specialists in social, emotional and mental health;

    SEMH (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) Provision – Pupils are referred for a time limited, turnaround placement in partnership with the mainstream schools. Pupils are dual registered during their placement, with the referring school being the ‘main’ and the Engage Academy being the ‘subsidiary’ registration setting. Schools are required to actively work in partnership with Engage Academy to develop effective and sustainable learning strategies that meet the holistic needs of the pupil. The mainstream schools complete a Single Point Referral (SPR) form for a dual placement for up to 12 weeks. It is expected that the Academy Trust Outreach Service will already be involved with the pupil prior to a turnaround placement being agreed. Engage Academy then liaises directly with pupil’s home school regarding admission.

    1. Planning meeting convened with pupil, parent/carer, school and any other professionals.
    2. Parents and pupil visit Ethos Academy Trust (supported by referring school staff).
    3. Start date agreed., review meetings planned and exit date.
    4. School staff visits planned.

    Find Out More About Our Outreach Service

    Day 6 provision (full time) for children (Key Stage one and Two) permanently excluded from their mainstream  setting. Kirklees resident primary-aged pupils receive full time education at Engage Academy following a permanent exclusion from Day 6 of the exclusion.  On Day 6 a planning meeting is convened with pupil, parent / carer, school and any other professionals. Parents and pupil are invited to visit Engage Academy. A start date is then agreed and the transition process begins

  • How do you support transition for SEND pupils?+

    Transition to Engage Academy involves working closely with the previous setting and SENDACT (transitional places) to ensure the academic and SEMH information is shared and needs are being met. Parents and pupil are encouraged to visit in order for a smooth transition to begin. Transition support from Engage into mainstream provision is allocated through Ethos Academy Trust Outreach service. Liaison with parents and the receiving setting is made and a detailed transitional support programme is identified within the reintegration support plan.

  • Who should you talk to if you think your child needs extra help?+

    In the first instance, please talk to your child’s class teacher who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you or arrange a meeting with the SENCDo. You can also contact the SENDCo, Mrs Dawson directly. You can also speak to the Head teacher or Trustee responsible for inclusion (Rob Whitehouse).

  • How do we identify that a child has additional needs?+

    Early identification of pupils’ needs is a priority. On entry to the school each child’s aptitudes and abilities will be assessed, and as the children continue through their time with us, the academy will use appropriate screening and assessment tools to ascertain pupil progress.

    Assessment data will include:

    • Evidence obtained by teacher observation/assessment.
    • Information from Parents.
    • Children’s performance in National Curriculum subjects.
    • Pupil progress in relation to next steps and targets for literacy and Maths.
    • Aassessment tools providing reading, spelling and mathematical ability ages
    • Records from previous settings.
    • Information from parents.
    • Reports from external agencies, such as a Psychologist, CAMHs and Speech Therapy.
  • How will you support my child if they have additional needs?+

    Early identification of pupils’ needs is a priority. On entry to the school each child’s aptitudes and abilities will be assessed, and as the children continue through their time with us, the academy will use appropriate screening and assessment tools to ascertain pupil progress.

    Assessment data will include:

    • Evidence obtained by teacher observation/assessment.
    • Information from Parents.
    • Children’s performance in National Curriculum subjects.
    • Pupil progress in relation to next steps and targets for literacy and Maths.
    • Assessment tools providing reading, spelling and mathematical ability ages
    • Records from previous settings.
    • Information from parents.
    • Reports from external agencies, such as a Psychologist, CAMHs and Speech Therapy.
  • What is the Graduated and Person Centred Approach?+

    Graduated and personalised interventions contribute to the positive outcomes for children and young people. The Trust is committed to the promotion of inclusive support, raising standards for children with SEMH needs and improving their life chances.

    A graduated approach to meeting the needs of pupils is adopted. Pupils and their parents are at the centre of this process and are fully involved at each and every stage. There will be a focus on pupil well-being as well as academic achievement.  Engage Academy promotes exceptional outcomes for pupils, using person centred approaches based on the Assess-Plan-Do-Review cycle:

    • Step 1 SEN Support – Where support, additional to that of normal class provision is required in order for your child to ‘catch up’ with his peers, your child will be given SEN Support. This will usually involve your child working on an accelerated learning programme for a set period of time and may also include some additional 1-1 support led by the teacher or Inclusion Worker. If, after monitoring, it is felt that advice from specialist professionals (Educational Psychology, Speech and Language, etc.) is needed, this will be discussed with you and any interventions or support programmes planned for your child will be informed by the advice from the specialist professionals.
    • Step 2 – Education, Health and Care Plans– Where concerns remain, despite sustained intervention, the school will consider requesting an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The EHCP will set out in detail your child’s strengths as well as areas of need and detail the provision for your child in the areas of education, health and social care.
  • What provision is available at Engage Academy to support your child’s needs?+

    At every stage of the above graduated approach, the school will ensure delivery of the provision detailed therein and hold regular reviews with parents and children (as age appropriate) of the appropriateness and success of that provision. For details of specific interventions, please speak to your child’s class teacher or the SENDCO.

    Engage Academy is an inclusive provision and may offer the following range of provision to support children with SEND. throughout the curriculum and within daily practice. Boxall assessments identify developmental and diagnostic needs in order to target specific SEMH needs through key interventions

    • Across Engage Academy the six principles of nurture are clearly evident within all aspects of the learning environment, threaded
    • Access to an inclusive and supportive learning environment, with additional help, resources and support by class teacher or inclusion worker.
    • Periods of withdrawal individually or in small groups to work with a inclusion worker to improve literacy and maths
    • Support from specialists within class or as part of an accelerated learning programme.
    • Pastoral care to reduce anxiety, promote social skills, positive behaviour and emotional wellbeing (including communication with parents)
    • Access to strategies/programmes to support, speech and language, occupational therapy, physiotherapy needs
    • Provision to facilitate and support access to the curriculum.
    • Access to Medical Interventions and support
    • Support to improve attendance
  • What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school to support?+

    Although we don’t have specialist teachers on the premises, our pupils do have access to a range of services offered within Kirklees. We are currently working with colleagues in the professions of occupational therapy and physiotherapy, sensory impairment, behaviour support, medical professionals, counselling services at CAMHS and Northorpe Hall. We also liaise with the Parent Partnership Service to support families with children who have additional needs (http://www.pcankirklees.org/). We pride ourselves at Engage Academy as being welcoming and fully co-operative with any external agencies involved in the care of your child. We always carry out any individualised/personalised programmes they prescribe and sustain good working relationships with all such agencies.

    Find Out More About the Parent Partnership Service

    ·        I need help with my child (Kirklees Local Offer)

    ·         What is the Local Offer: local offer video, Kirklees Local Offer Facebook.

    ·         Any comments please contact localoffer@kirklees.gov.uk  or you can email richard.dresser@kirklees.gov.uk.

  • When will you have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress?+

    The progress of children at every stage of the graduated approach will be tracked using Pupil Progress Plans using the assessment data and observations. Those children receiving SEN support will have a My Support Plan (MSP) which will be reviewed with full involvement of the child and the parents every term. This is an addition to the termly reports, coffee afternoons and parent/child sessions.

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

    Your child’s class teacher can usually offer suggestions of ways in which to help your child. Please also ask for ideas when you meet with the SENDCo at the annual review meetings. If outside agencies are supporting your child’s needs, they often provide support programmes to be worked on at home.  Support for parents and carers  is also offered through parent events, newsletters, regular phone calls/texts, SEN review meetings and termly coffee afternoon

    Further information can be found on our Twitter pages:

    @EngageAcademyUK

    @EthosAcadTrust

  • How accessible is the school environment for my child?+
    • All of the school is accessible to children with a physical disability due to access on one level and a ramp to the main office,
    • We have disabled toileting facilities.
    • Class allocations are adapted to ensure rooms are accessible for children with disabilities
    • We ensure that the equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
    • The school has staff trained to suit children with a range of needs.

    If you require any further clarification on any of these points please refer to our trust SEND policy, Accessibility Plan or, if you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or the SENDCo (Clare Dawson.)

    Kirklees Local Offer is aimed at providing information about the support and services that children and young people aged 0-25, who have special educational needs and disabilities, and their families can access within Kirklees.

    Find Out More About the Kirklees Local Offer

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Get in Touch

Engage Academy

Park Road
Batley
WF17 5LP

Telephone01924 476449

Emailengageoffice@eat.uk.com

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