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Assessment, Planning and Review

All children’s progress is tracked every half term and carefully monitored by teachers, SENCO, subject leaders and head teacher. This progress is discussed with parents at least termly in scheduled parent’s meetings and at other times if appropriate. Teacher’s planning is regularly reviewed by subject leaders and members of the senior management team to ensure that all children are making expected progress.

Regular parent’s meetings are held for all parents.

As part of ongoing monitoring by class teachers, SENco, subject leaders and the head teacher, pupils who are not making progress or who have behaviour needs which are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities are identified. Parents will be consulted and their opinions sought and valued. They will then be involved at all stages in the identification, assessment and review process of their child’s possible SEN.

After discussions with key staff and parents, additional support will be put into place which may include enhanced resources or equipment, targeted small group or individual teaching to help overcome any difficulties. The views of the pupil or young person about their support will be given consideration at this stage where appropriate to their age. Key areas of learning or behaviour will be prioritised to be addressed by which progress can be measured.

Any additional support is documented in a whole school provision map, class provision maps, and where appropriate, an individual provision map. Actions agreed take into account each pupil’s strengths as well as their difficulties. This documentation will be shared with parents and their opinions sought and valued.

Review meetings are held at least termly. Parents, relevant external agencies and when appropriate, pupils are invited to this review and their contribution is valued. The impact of support offered is considered along with the progress towards targets set. Support arrangements will be updated and revised accordingly. If not involved already, this might include referral to external agencies. The outcomes of these meetings will be recorded.

Where external agencies are involved, their advice and recommendations are included in any planned provision.

If your child is continuing to have significant difficulties, further external expertise may be requested. Additional funding is available for children who meet the criteria. This can be accessed using the Local Authority process and the guidance in the Banded Funding Criteria. Where this is agreed, a Pupil Resource Agreement will be drawn up and implemented with the school’s Educational Psychologist and other professionals where appropriate.  Further details about this process will be explained in the LA Local Offer.

Tests and Examinations: Access Arrangements

For some pupils additional arrangements and adjustments can be made to enable them to fully access a range of tests. This might include additional time, rest breaks or the use of a scribe or word processor. The SENCO will inform you about eligibility and applications for these arrangements.