Inclusion and SEND policy

School Ethos for SEND

At Palm Bay Primary School we believe that every child is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to provide a caring learning environment, rich in stimulation that will meet the needs of all pupils and foster their academic, emotional and physical development, in order that each child reaches their full potential.

The broad areas of SEND need are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical

Parents can contact or make an appointment to see or talk to the SENCo if they have concerns, need advice or would like to make a complaint.

Palm Bay Primary School prides itself in being an inclusive Primary School

We are confident in dealing with a wide range of needs including; dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech & language needs, autism, sensory needs and behaviour difficulties. We are committed to making the curriculum accessible to all pupils through high quality teaching. We have regular staff training to ensure all our staff are fully trained to support the needs of our current pupils.

Miss Chloe Murray is the SENDCo at Palm Bay Primary school, her email address is:

chloemurray@palmbay.org.uk

The PDF document below will provide more information on the SEND policy:

SEND Policy 2018

What is the SEND Local Offer?

Every local authority must publish a Local Offer. The SEND Local Offer tells you what support is available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, and their families. It should include information about education, health and care provision. It should also tell you about training, employment and independent living for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

You can find the SEND Local Offer for Kent County Council (KCC) at www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs

Who is it for?

The SEND Local Offer is for:

  • children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities from birth to 25
  • their parents and carers
  • practitioners and professionals.
  • What is the idea?

The SEND Local Offer should:

  • make it easier to find out what you need to know
  • give you information about what is available
  • tell you where you can get further information.

The SEND Local Offer should also make services more responsive to local needs.

The SEND Code of Practice* says that the Local Offer should:

  • provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it
  • make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review (4.2)

What does it include?

The Local Offer includes information on:

  • how children and young peoples’ needs are identified
  • how their needs are assessed
  • the special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • opportunities for training and employment
  • support for independent living
  • how provision is funded
  • leisure activities and support groups
  • where you can find more information, advice and support
  • arrangements for travel
  • the help available to resolve disagreements.

The Local Offer must also tell you about services provided outside your area which local people are likely to use. To find out more information about the local offer at Palm Bay, please click on the links below.

Palm Bay local offer

Process for identifying and supporting SEN at Palm Bay Primary School

Complaints

The following paragraph has been lifted from our complaints policy which can be found in the information section under policies.

The Arrangements Made by the Governing Body Relating to the Treatment of Complaints from Parents of Pupils with Special Educational Needs Concerning the Provision Made at the School

The normal arrangements for the treatment of complaints at Palm Bay Primary school are used for complaints about provision made for special educational needs.  We encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the class teacher, phase lead, SENCO, Deputy Head Teacher or Head Teacher to resolve the issue before making the complaint formal to the Chair of the Governing Body.

If the complaint is not resolved after it has been considered by the governing body, then a disagreement resolution service or mediation service can be contracted.  If it remains unresolved after this, the complainant can appeal to the First–tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), if the case refers to disability discrimination, or to the Secretary of State for all other cases.

There are some circumstances, usually for children who have an EHCP where there is a statutory right for parents to appeal against a decision of the Local Authority.  Complaints which fall within this category cannot be investigated by the school.