SEN & Inclusion
Our Academy Offer
Harrow Gate Primary Academy has a clear identification process whereby teachers, teaching assistants and parents can raise concerns with the SENCO regarding performance and presentation of children suspected as having a special educational need. These concerns can be highlighted to the SENCO at any point throughout out the year. Following the graduated approach, the children's needs will be documented and provision will planned in partnership with parents, teacher and SENCO to address concerns. If these concerns continue despite the provision and support put in place then through further assessment the children could be placed on the SEND register at a cycle 2. These assessment could be completed by expert SEN school staff, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapists or CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). Advice is then given to best support the children's needs and this is incorporated as part of the graduated approach.
Harrow Gate Primary Academy are proactive in identifying needs at the earliest possible time therefore the SENCO works closely with the Early Years Lead. Needs are quickly identified, provision is planned and then appropriate referrals are made swiftly. At Harrow Gate Primary we believe that early identification improves the child's ability to reach their academic potential, but also prevents the development of low self-esteem and behavior problems that further interfere with their ability to learn.
Stockton's Local Offer
Stockton's Local SEND Offer provides information to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, aged 0 – 25, to help them to understand what services and support, they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies within the local authority and neighbouring area.
Please click the link below to access full details of Stockton's Local Offer
Questions and Answers
Q: What should I do if I am worried about my child’s progress, or if I think they might have special educational needs?
A: The best thing to do is to make an appointment to have a chat with your child’s class teacher. They will listen to your concerns and talk about what your child is like at school. Together you will decide what needs to happen next. This might simply be a case of monitoring the situation, or together you might decide to put some extra support in place. Sometimes it might be appropriate for you to have a chat with the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator); the class teacher will discuss this with you.
Q: What happens if the Academy has concerns about my child’s progress?
A: If your child’s class teacher has any concerns about progress they will arrange to meet with you to talk about what those concerns are. They will be interested in hearing your views too, and might ask you questions about what your child is like at home, what their strengths are as well as their weaknesses. They might also ask you questions about their earlier development. Together you will decide what needs to happen next. This might be a case of monitoring the situation, or together you might decide to put some extra support in place. Sometimes it might be appropriate for you to have a chat with the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator); the class teacher will discuss this with you.
Q: How will Harrow Gate Primary Academy decide if my child needs SEN support?
A: To decide whether or not a pupil has special educational needs we look at the legal definition of SEN in the SEND Code of Practice 2014. This says that;“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they;
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.”
Our decision is based on lots of things. Your views are very important, as are the views of your child and the class teacher. We look at progress and the work in books. We observe pupils both inside and outside the classroom. We sometimes carry out a range of tests so that we have a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps us to target support more effectively.
Q: What type of support might my child receive and how can I help them at home?
A: The type of support your child receives will depend upon their individual needs and is tailored to help them to achieve positive outcomes. The type of support currently offered in school includes:
- Differentiation and scaffolding – this is when the class teacher modifies work to enable pupils to do similar work to the other children in the class
- Small group work – either in or out of the classroom with adult support
- One to one support
- Specialised programmes for pupils with particular learning difficulties such as reading, spelling or mathematical difficulties
- Emotional and Social Literacy
- Emotional regulation support
- Social skills programmes
- Communication programmes for pupil with interaction difficulties
- Language enrichment groups for pupils who need to develop their vocabulary
- Speech and language therapy programmes
- Fine and gross motor skills programmes
- Behaviour programmes
- Sensory processing programmes
- Attachment and Trauma Approaches
All pupils with SEN have an individual support plan (a graduated approach document) which provides details about the extra support they are receiving in school, and helps parents to support their child at home. The class teacher and SENCO will also be happy to help you with ideas for home.
Q: Who might work with my child?
A: Most of the time your child will work with their class teacher. Whoever else works with your child, the class teacher retains responsibility for their education. Other adults who might work with your child could include:
- A TA
- Another teacher from the same year group
- A member of the well-being team
- SENCO or SEN HLTA
- Specialists from outside the school such as the educational psychologist, teachers of children with physical and sensory difficulties, teachers of children with learning difficulties, speech and language therapists, the school nurse, family practitioners.
We will always let you know before someone from outside the school works with your child.
Q: How will I know what progress my child is making?
A: You will be invited to attend termly parent consultaion meetings with your child’s class teacher. At the meeting you will have the chance to discuss the progress that has been made and together you can plan what the next steps are. If you have concerns about your child’s progress, however, you don’t need to wait until the next meeting. Simply contact the school to make an appointment to see your child’s class teacher.
Q: How will Harrow Gate Primary Academy ensure that my child is able to cope with moving to the next stage of their education?
A: Some pupils can find it difficult when they make the move from one class to another at the start of a new school year. This can be a very worrying time for parents too, especially when pupils move from one key stage to the next or from primary to secondary school.For pupils who would benefit from additional support we make special transition arrangements. These can include:
- Preparation of a transition book which includes photographs of key people and places in the new classroom or setting, as well as other useful information
- A transition days to the new classroom or setting
- Introducing new staff to pupils in familiar surroundings
- Pupil Voice documents containing important information about the child to share with new staff
Each child's individual needs are considered by the SEN and Inclusion team and bespoke packages are put in place.
Q: Who is the SENCO at Harrow Gate Primary Academy
A: Mrs Gemma Holloway. You can contact her through the main school phone line or she has a dojo account.
Useful links for parents:
Special Needs Jungle creates easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system. We aim to inform, educate and empower families to self-advocate confidently, so their children get the help they need to live the best life they can.
A group of parents and carers who meet regularly to support each other around meeting the needs of their children with SEND.
Website with ways to support children with ADHD
Developmental Coordination Difficulties
Supporting a child with Developmental Coordination Difficulties
Parents with a dyslexic child
How to support a Dyslexic child at home
This website is there to support families in meeting the needs of their autistic child.
Advice and support for helping children with speech, language and communication difficulties
Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Complaints procedure for SEN support and EHCP provision
If you want to complain about a school’s SEN support, you should do it while your child is still registered at the school.
This includes complaints that the school has not provided the support required by your child’s SEN statement or education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Click the link below for full explanation of the process.