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SEND and Local Offer

Easthampstead Park Community School is committed to a policy of inclusion for all and our aim is to overcome barriers to learning and make sure that the needs of all students are met. At Easthampstead Park Community School the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all students matter and we believe that all young people regardless of ability, need and behaviour are valued equally.

As a school, our priority is to provide high quality teaching, pastoral care and effective interventions for our students.  The overwhelming majority of the SEND budget funds staffing (teaching Assistants, HLTAs, ELSAs and specialist administrative support for Inclusion) and training, ensuring our SEND students receive the best possible support.

The SEND team is here to provide help, encouragement and additional teaching to students who have been identified as having special educational needs or disabilities.  SEND staff provide appropriate support for students with special educational needs across the curriculum. We take a whole school approach in our provision for students with special educational needs, with all staff sharing in the support of their disabilities, difficulties, learning and welfare.

We aim:-

  • To help every young person reach their full potential and optimise their self-esteem
  • To encourage the whole school community to develop and demonstrate a positive attitude towards special educational needs and disabilities
  • To encourage and support young people to participate in all decision making processes in relation to their education and take their views are taken into account
  • To follow a graduated approach to Special Educational Needs where appropriate actions are matched to the needs and wishes of each young person
  • To support the students in building the skills and attributes to develop their independence
  • To promote equality and consideration for others
  • To celebrate student achievement
  • To develop social skills

In all of this work we aim to work as closely as possible with parents to complement the work they do in supporting their child towards these goals.

Position Contact
Assistant Head Inclusion/SENCo Miss S Buchanan
Higher Level Teaching Assistants Mrs S Miles (Literacy)
  Mrs D White ( Numeracy)
  Mrs R Egan (Assessment
SEND Administrator Mrs L McFarlane

 

Assessment of SEND

The school is unable to diagnose any Special Educational Need, we will work with partner agencies and practitioners if a student is undergoing diagnosis and provide the required supporting information.  Where parents and students have a concern that an alternative examination arrangement may be required, we  follow the guidelines set out by the Joint Qualification Council (JCQ). 

We provide:-

  • Information to teachers on all students who are on the SEN Register (R) or have an Educational Health Care Plan (E).
  • Support profiles for students
  • In classroom support across the curriculum, where appropriate
  • Annual reviews for students with an Educational Health Care Plan
  • A calm, supportive environment in the Inclusion SEN area for those needing support during unstructured times
  • Two supervisors in the Inclusion SEN area for students to go to if they have any concerns or worries, before, during or after the school day
  • An enhanced transition programme for those needing additional support with the move to secondary school or between key stages
  • A quiet room

Extra-curricular Opportunities

Students can access additional Reading/Literacy Programmes in the form of IDL from home.  This supports students who require additional intervention for reading, spelling and comprehension.

The Inclusion staff encourage our students to attend extra-curricular activities.  We also liaise and support the departments and pastoral teams, where we can, in support of our students accessing their activities. 

Our Assistant Head for Inclusion/SENCO is Miss Buchanan – she can be contacted via email Sarah.Buchanan@epschool.org