We are pleased to welcome you to the SEND Department, here at Loxford School. These pages will give you an insight into the values and work of the SEND Department at Loxford. The SENCO, in collaboration with the head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of children with SEND.
Role of SENCO
I am Joanna Wood and my key responsibilities as the SENCO include:
- Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy
- Liaising with and advising teachers
- Managing the SEND team of teachers and learning support assistants
- Coordinating the provision for students with special educational needs
- Overseeing the records on all students with special educational needs
- Liaising with parents of students with special educational needs
- Contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with external support agencies
I work closely with our Trust Director of SEND, Denzil Faure and the Acting 2i/c of SEND, Aishah Mulla as well as a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
To get in contact, please ring the school reception on 02085144666 option 2, and then ask to be put through to SEND.
Role of LSA
We have a large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA) who make a valuable contribution to the achievements of students. They may attend a student’s care needs but a high proportion of their role is educational. The key responsibilities of the LSA include:
Support for Students:
- To provide in class, small group or individual support
- To offer help, as appropriate, to any student experiencing difficulties
- To praise, encourage and develop positive relationships
- To foster the participation of students in the social and academic processes of the school
- To enable students to become more independent learners
- To help raise the standards and achievement for all students
Support for Teachers:
- To help develop effective collaborative working across the curriculum to support SEND students
- To assist in the preparation of teaching and learning materials for students with SEND
- To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems for recording the progress of students with SEND
- To assist in the management of the whole class
- To provide regular feedback to the SENCO
Support for the School:
- To promote home school liaison for students with SEND
- To contribute to review procedures for students with SEND
- To liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about students as appropriate
- To contribute to the evaluation of the school’s SEND policy and practice through discussions with relevant staff
- To attend appropriate in-service training provided by school or LEA
- To be aware of and follow school policies and procedures
- To participate in educational visits
- To attend meetings required for information, planning and development
- To respect confidentiality at all times
Achievement and Awards
Students who have had support from our SEND Department have successfully applied to both Sixth Form and local colleges to continue study to post-KS5 (University). We also offer careers advice to our students in years 9-13 and a Careers Club runs once a week for students to drop in and discuss the possible career pathways suited to them.
Aims and Ethos
At Loxford School we value all students equally. Our guiding principle is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and break down any possible barriers to learning and support students to achieve their full potential.
Objectives in making provision for pupils with SEND
- To ensure that all students have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities.
- To ensure that all teachers are aware it is their responsibility to meet the special educational needs of students.
- To ensure that every student has his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.
- To seek the views of the student and involve him or her in the process of support.
- To offer high quality support to meet the needs of all pupils.
- To fully involve parents/carers in the process of provision to support the student.
- To acknowledge and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.
- To ensure the aims of education for students with difficulties and disabilities are the same as those for all students.
- To maximise the opportunities for students with special educational needs to participate in all school activities.
- To enable all students to experience success.
- To ensure that consideration of SEND crosses all curriculum areas and all aspect of teaching and learning.
- To ensure that all teachers incorporate good special needs practice which is beneficial for all students.
- To ensure awareness amongst staff that any student may encounter difficulties at some stage.
Pastoral Support Programme – Overview
What is a Pastoral Support Plan?
Pastoral Support Plan (PSPs) are designed to support young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion or young people who are at risk of becoming disaffected through repeated fixed-term exclusions or who have been involved in a single very serious incident.
The PSP is a school-based, young person centred approach to address the inclusion of young people with challenging/concerning behaviour from a range of perspectives. SMART targets are set for both the young person and for the range of agencies who will be involved with the young person ( if appropriate).
Key to this process is the regular review of the PSP that enables close monitoring of the young person within the school environment. The process allows the school as well as parents and Outreach agencies ( if appropriate) involved with the young person to monitor their progress and the impact of all support agreed.
- is school based
- is time-limited
- has smart targets with practical strategies
- is owned by the school and is overseen by a key member of staff, e.g. SLT/YCT/Social Inclusion officer etc.
- follows a standard format and monitored across 16 weeks (This can be extended depending on exceptional circumstances)
- is agreed with parents and carers