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The Swanage School 
2017 SEND Information Report


This report sets out information concerning The Swanage School's provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The information is updated annually.

Further information relating to SEND at The Swanage School can be found in our SEND Policy & Accessibility Policy (which can be found on our policies page), our Local Offer and the 2014 SEN Code of Practice.

About our school

The inclusion of students with SEND is embedded within the ethos of The Swanage School.

1. SEND Provision within the school.

The Swanage School provides for students with a wide range of special educational needs, including those with:

  • Communication and Interaction needs – students who have speech, language and communication difficulties, slower processing difficulties and students with autistic spectrum conditions.
  • Cognition and Learning needs – students who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
  • Sensory and/or Physical needs – students who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning.

The above four SEND categories are definitions of special educational need found in the 2014 Code of Practice.

2. How do we identify and assess students with SEND?

We link fully with our primary feeder schools prior to Year 6 transition time to ensure that information is shared. Our SENCO holds a meeting with every primary school SENCO and Year 6 teachers to discuss what support and interventions are already in place and what assessments may have already been carried out. SEND files and records are sensitively shared in this way.

The SENCO also organises additional visits for SEND and vulnerable children who appreciate another look round and to ask further questions in a smaller group. Parents/carers are welcome to make an appointment with our SENCO through email on the school website or by attending an open day or Year 6 open evening.

All new students in any year are tested for spelling and reading age. This helps to further identify students who may require extra support, alongside information provided by the school which the student is leaving.

Once a student’s SEND have been identified they are categorized by tiers (0 to 4) and placed on the SEND register if they are tier two or above. The school produces a Pupil Intervention Map (PIM) for any student that is tier 1 or above that includes all key information and strategies to support them and information for TSS teaching staff to make sure that needs are highlighted.

External specialist advice is sought where necessary to identify and assess SEND. This is detailed in section 5.

3. The school’s provision for students with SEND, including those with and without Education Healthcare (EHC) Plans.

Once a student’s SEND have been identified and their PIM written they are placed on the SEND register (if tier 2 or above) and tracked accordingly. The SENCO provides information for teaching staff to ensure that needs are highlighted across subject areas. Students with a statement or EHC plan are monitored according to the annual review process.

Each SEND student has a PIM detailing the specific provision necessary to ensure their inclusion. We promote equality of opportunity through the Equality Act 2010 ensuring that SEND students have access to the curriculum and benefit from all that the school has to offer.

The Swanage School uses a graduated response to assessment of SEND. Teachers differentiate class work (Quality First Teaching) so that tasks are accessible according to the needs of individuals. Our smaller class sizes allow better understanding of students' abilities thus aiding the delivery of the curriculum. If increased support is required Tier 2 interventions can be put in place resulting in further differentiation plus teaching assistants or external professionals providing small group interventions, boosters and individual support. A Tier 3 approach is more specialized and will generally involve external expertise, increased parental involvement and a more individualized teaching program. At Tier 4 a student has a statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP).

Regular assessment of progress allows us to monitor students who experience difficulties so that the right support can be provided and updated. The school evaluates the effectiveness of provision by setting personalized targets which are regularly monitored and are reviewed termly.

For some students, emotional, social and mental health support is needed. With this in mind, we have structures to provide children with the care and nurture they need. To promote positive friendships, we may use a ‘circle of friends’ and peer-mentoring involving the whole class or house group. We offer guidance and support in friendship building, assertiveness and self-esteem. We also provide emotional literacy support (ELSA) and a counselling service. The expertise of Dorset Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) may be used.

The Swanage School has a very wide-ranging choice of after-school clubs that are fully accessible to all students. The Swanage School operates in modern buildings and provides facilities accessible to all both physically and educationally. Full details can be found in The Swanage School Accessibiity Policy on the website.

School excursions are risk-assessed with particular attention to how SEND students will respond to and access off-site learning experiences. Individual risk assessments are carried out for each situation in order to keep students safe and secure.

The Swanage School's Health and Safety Policy and Accessibility Policy (which can be found on our policies page) reflect the measures taken to adhere to SENDA (2001), which is fully compliant with the Equalities Act (2010).

4. Our SENCO

Mr Dave Dawson
Contact telephone: 01929 500599
Contact email: davedawson@theswanageschool.co.uk

5. What expertise can we offer?

The Swanage School staff offer lots of expertise including:

  • SENCO
  • Trained Teaching Assistants and Higher level Teaching Assistants
  • Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
  • Qualified Counsellor

Recent staff training includes:

  • Safeguarding
  • Level 1 Autism training
  • Differentiation
  • Awareness of special needs

The Swanage School accesses expertise from:

  • DCC provision
    • HVSS (Hearing and Visual Support Services)
    • SALT (Speech and Language Therapists)
    • Educational Psychologists
    • SENSS (Special Educational Needs Specialist Service)
    • Behaviour Support Services
    • Social Services
    • Youth Workers and Assist Workers
  • Health and Care provision
    • CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
    • Shadows (substance abuse advice and support)
    • Occupational Therapist
    •  School Nurse
  • External agencies
    • Equilibrium
    • Reach Out
    • Dorset Reading Partnership.

6. Equipment and facilities we use to support SEND students.

Differentiated resources are provided by teachers and additional support materials recommended by the SENCO for subject and student-specific support. The SENCO and Head teacher make decisions on resourcing and training.

ICT provision in the school increases access and supports pupils with additional needs. This includes use of tablets and i-desk.  Assistive technology may be appropriate for some children with SEND, for example voice-activated programs may be used for pupils with dyslexia or hearing impairments. Children with dyslexia or dyspraxia may benefit from learning touch-typing and using ICT to correct spelling and to aid better presentation of work. We aim to create inclusive classrooms that naturally incorporate a range of ICT to benefit all.

The school's design means that all areas are accessible to those with additional physical needs. It also has students with hearing impairment in mind. Flooring coverings and stoppered chairs help prevent excess noise and soundproof boards provide good acoustics.

7. Parental Involvement.

Parents are encouraged to be fully involved in their child's education and are welcome to contact The Swanage School. We listen to parents/carers and use this information to ensure those working with a student understands their needs. Meetings can be formal or informal, and conversations by telephone, letter or email. Students and their parents are invited to have regular meetings with the SENCO and/or their tutor to ensure that provision is being made and needs are being met.

We promote parent partnerships to help parents/carers access a wider network of advice. This is detailed in section 10.

8. Involving and consulting SEND students in their own education.

Provision is discussed with the student every step of the way and students are encouraged to express their views and make suggestions regarding their education. Those with a statement or EHCP will be involved in target setting and the annual review.

9. Arrangements made by The Swanage School relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of SEND students concerning their provision.

The Swanage School will endeavour to resolve all problems and complaints informally. Please contact us. In the event that this is not possible, parents may refer to our Complaints Policy and Procedures which can be found on the policies page of our website.

10. The involvement of other bodies, including health and social services, local authority support and voluntary organizations, in meeting the needs of students and in supporting their families.

In addition to involving the expertise of professionals referred to in section 5, we also promote parent partnerships to offer a wider network of advice. We support and promote:

  • PAX Parent Forum
  • Incredible Years ADHD / Challenging behaviours
  • Strengthening Families programme
  • Living with Parents programme
  • Group Triple P
  • Dorset Parent Carer Council
  • The Xchange
  • SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service)

11. The contact details of support services for the parents of students with special educational needs, including those for arrangements made in accordance with section 32.

We are happy to provide contact details for any of the above groups. The Department for Education has produced a helpful document entitled 'Special educational needs and disabilities, a guide for parents and carers'. This can be accessed online and includes the above mentioned arrangements in accordance with section 32.

12. The school’s arrangements for supporting students with special educational needs in a transfer between phases of education or in preparation for adulthood and independent living.

At TSS all Year 10 students participate in a work experience programme which involves either a work-based placement or a week of life skills and vocational activities. At their annual review students in year 9 or above with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Education Health Care Plan (EHC) meet with the Ansbury advisor. In years 9 and above the school may arrange an appointment with an Ansbury careers advisor where there is a chance the student may not be in education, employment or training when the leave the school.

If a SEND student is transferring to another school, the SENCO will liaise with the next school to ensure that the student’s information is shared so that support can be maintained.

13. Our local offer

This is published on The Swanage School website. It can be accessed via SEND Information and then clicking on the link for 'Dorset Family Information Page. Alternatively it can be accessed directly at www.familyinformationdirectory.dorsetforyou.com