At Lee Brigg Infant School we support all our children to enable them to achieve at school. Excellent teaching is vital and high quality learning experiences provide children with the opportunity to learn new skills, acquire knowledge develop their independence and a love of learning. We recognise that there are occasions where further additional support may be needed to enable our children to reach their goals.
We pride ourselves on our inclusive ethos where the needs of individual learners are at the center of their provision.
This information is part of Wakefield Local Authority’s Local Offer.
How does Lee Brigg Infant School know if children need extra help?
- When children appear to struggle or seek additional support
- When concerns are shared by parents/ carers
- When concerns are raised by teachers
- If the child is making limited progress
- If there are sudden changes in the child’s behaviour
- All children are monitored carefully by teachers and the senior leadership team
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
- Discuss it with your child’s key worker on entry into Nursery
- Speak to your child’s class teacher
- Further meetings may then be arranged with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)
How will school staff support my child/young person?
- Staff will monitor your child closely to understand their difficulties
- Teaching will be differentiated to suit your child’s individual needs
- Your child may receive additional support in class from the teacher or a teaching assistant
- Targeted support may be provided through specific interventions in small groups or if necessary 1:1
- An individual education plan (IEP) may be provided to set targets for the child and to state what strategies will be used at school to support the child to reach their targets
- School will meet with parents / carers to discuss their child’s IEP
- School will, with your permission contact outside agencies for further guidance on how best to support your child, this information will be included on your child’s IEP
- The school’s SEN Governor monitors SEN across school
- The Governors ensure that the school is as inclusive as possible and treats all children and staff in an equitable way. They monitor and review the SEN policy
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
- All children receive ‘Quality First Teaching’, a range of teaching and learning styles are used
- All lessons offer the appropriate challenge and support to enable each child to progress
- Assessment of your child’s abilities will be used to identify the next steps in their learning
- Your child’s teacher will plan differentiated work for your child to do as part of the whole class teaching and learning, in small groups or for them to do individually
- Your child may participate in an intervention group such as Time to Talk or Fit to Learn for a period of time, the impact of these is monitored regularly
- A teaching assistant may be allocated to work with your child either 1:1 or in a small group
- Your child may receive pre-teach sessions to ensure progress is maximised
- If your child has an IEP this will state the specific targets that your child will work towards according to their area of need. The progress towards these will be monitored closely by the class teacher and the school SENCo
- If appropriate specialist equipment may be provided to your child
- How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
- You will be able to discuss your child’s progress at IEP meetings and at Parents’ Evenings
- You will receive a written annual report detailing your child’s progress and achievements
- If you have any concerns you may make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher
- Your child’s targets will be shared with you
- The class teacher may suggest ways of how you can support your child and share with you strategies that work well in school
What Support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
• Lee Brigg staff are caring and supportive
• All children are supported socially and pastorally by a staff who know them well
• School offers a wide range of activities within school, within the community and further afield to support children’s social and emotional development such as educational visits, sporting and cultural events, visitors to school and events with other local schools
• School has a behaviour policy which is adhered to by all staff
• Lee Brigg has high expectations of children’s learning and behaviour, this is supported by parents/carers
• Attendance and punctuality are closely monitored and good attendance is celebrated
• School has a Medicine Policy which supports parents/carers with the management of their child’s medication within school
• Where a child has a specific medical need the school nurse can provide staff with the relevant training
• Lee Brigg has trained paediatric first aiders
• Lee Brigg has rigorous safeguarding procedures
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
• Lee Brigg School employs trained staff to educate and care for all children
• Staff access a range of training opportunities throughout the year in key areas of the curriculum and also in identifying and supporting children with specific difficulties
• Some staff are Team Teach trained
• Most staff are epipen trained
• Lee Brigg has access to a wide range of outside agencies that are available to offer consultancy and support, these include:
o Child Protection Advisors
o Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
o Communication, Interaction and Access Team (CIAT)
o Educational Psychology Service (EPS)
o Educational Welfare Officers
o LSS (Learning Support Service)
o Occupational Therapy
o Pre 5 SEN Teachers
o SALT (Speech and Language Therapy)
o School Nurse
o Sensory Impairment Team (HI / VI)
o Social Services
What are the options for staff training?
• All Staff at Lee Brigg receive regular training
• Staff who lead intervention groups receive appropriate training to do so
• Staff who are delivering SALT, OT or Physiotherapy programs receive training from the appropriate agencies
• Specific medical issues are addressed as they arise
• Team - Teach and First aid Training is updated within the appropriate time frame
• Specialist training may be bought in to school to address specific issues
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
• Lee Brigg is a fully inclusive school, all children attend all events and trips and are encouraged to take part in all activities both within and outside school
• Busses with wheelchair facilities can be booked where needed
• Parents are fully informed as to the trips and activities open to every child
• Risk assessments are carried out and procedures and additional measures including extra support may be provided to ensure full participation by all children
• If it is deemed that an intensive level of 1:1 support is required a parent/carer may be invited to accompany their child
How accessible is the school environment?
• We are happy to discuss individual access requirements
• A ramp into school makes the building accessible to all
• There is a toilet adapted for disabled users
• There is a newly furbished soft surface sports area which is accessible to all
How will school prepare and support my child to join the school and to transfer to a new school?
• Before starting nursery your child will receive a home visit from their key worker
• If your child attends another setting our staff will go to meet them there
• Discussions with any agencies that may be supporting your child will enable school to glean a deeper understanding of your child’s needs
• The Foundation Stage have a clear transition policy which supports all children’s entry into nursery
• Additional visits to nursery may be arranged for your child
• All children take part in ‘Shuffle Up Day’ in the summer term as part of transition arrangements all children visit their new classroom and meet their new teachers
• Excellent transition arrangements are in place for when your child leaves us to join the junior school
• All children will meet their Year 3 teacher when they visit our school in the summer term
• All children will ‘Shuffle Up’ from Y2 to their new classroom at the junior school for the day
• Additional visits may be arranged for your child
• All children are discussed with their receiving school prior to them leaving us
• An additional transition meeting will be arranged for children with Special Educational Needs between the school SENCos
• The junior school SENCo will be invited to your child’s annual review prior to transition.
How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
• The SEN budget is allocated each financial year
• The money is used to provide additional support or resources for all children who have been identified as having SEN
• Through ‘Provision Mapping’ the SENCo can plan how and where to apply the additional support eg with groups of children participating in specific interventions, staff training, the deployment of staff to work with individual children as required, on specialist equipment
• School may receive additional funding called ‘Top Up’ for children who have a statement of SEN agreed through the EHC Panel for high cost pupils, commensurate with their level of need, this will be used to support the child named in the statement and reviewed annually
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
• The decision about how best to support your child is based on the needs of your child
• Decisions are made in consultation with the class teacher, SENCo and Headteacher
• The curriculum is differentiated to meet the needs of all children and is planned and delivered by your child’s teacher
• After discussing your child’s specific needs with you the class teacher may take the decision to provide additional support if your child is not making the expected progress in any particular area
• Decisions are made based on rigorous assessment and monitoring activities which highlight the areas in which your child may need additional support
• If your child’s teacher decides that your child needs specialised help or targeted support this will be discussed with the SENCo who will determine if specialist advice is needed
• Guidance may be sought from outside agencies regarding the type of support provided for your child
• The outcomes of all targeted support are closely monitored and reviewed
Who can I contact for further information?
• If you would like to discuss your child’s special educational needs please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the SENCo.
• If you are considering sending your child to Lee Brigg Infant School please make an appointment to arrange a visit to our school, you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s specific needs and to ask any questions relating to your child’s education.
The SEND Policy can be found on the policies page