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Heron Way Primary School Local Offer

What is a Local Offer? An Overview.

When the Children and Families Bill becomes enacted in September 2014, local authorities will be required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities aged 0-25. (SEND).   This is called the Local Offer.

The intention of the local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important source for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local areas.

One of the main key roles of the Local Offer will be to commission a single place where this information will be available locally to support children, young people and their families who have a SEND need.

The local authority must work together with children, young people, parents, carers and with local services, including voluntary and the community sector, to develop their offer and keep it under review. This will be known as co-production.

The Local Offer must include information about the provision the local authority expects to be available in its own area for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Also in addition outside its own area for the children and young people for whom it is responsible, regardless as to whether or not they have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).

 The Local Offer will cover:

  • Education, health and care provision for children and young people with SEND (which should include information about its quality and outcomes achieved by those who use it.)
  • The procedure for identifying and assessing children and young people with SEND, including the procedure for requesting an EHCP assessment.
  • Other educational provision (outside of schools or colleges).
  •  Training provision, including apprenticeships.
  • Support to help children and young people in moving between phases of education and to prepare for adult hood

Heron Way Local Offer.

At Heron Way we are committed to offering an outstanding school experience which ensures the best possible progress and outcomes for all our children whatever their needs and abilities are.

The children at Heron Way are assessed on a regular basis against the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the National Curriculum.

Children that are identified as having a significant difference to the expected age related target are then observed, monitored and assessed individually to identify any specific needs that they may require.

Children entering the school either in Reception or other years are assessed by the class teacher and previous records and information are read and taken into account when identifying children’s starting points.  A history of special needs will lay the foundations of next steps in learning and identifying the areas of support required.

Information gained from previous schools or Nursery, as well as from parents, teachers and outside agencies will also inform and determine the specific needs.

Parent partnership and communication is vital to our approach and we value and welcome others opinions and concerns.

Transition arrangements in joining Heron Way are well planned and both child and parents are supported.  Children joining in Reception are given many opportunities before starting school to familiarise themselves with the school and the Early Years’ staff.  Children joining in other year groups may be offered a visit day before they start to familiarise themselves with the school.

Our SENCo will oversee individual support for pupils with additional special educational needs, and this will be implemented by our experienced and caring staff across the school.

Any member of staff working with individual children will be responsible and in a position to share information and achievement.

Regular training is available for all staff, as well as ‘in house’ training opportunities.  We have a trained Learning Mentor, a numeracy specialist teacher and an ICT technician.

The Heron Way Governor with a responsibility for SEND will be involved and knowledgeable about individual children.

To support pupils with additional needs, regular meetings with parents, staff and outside agencies take place.

Every child is an individual and support will be differentiated to meet their needs, with regular reviews.

Behaviour in the school is good, with staff and pupils mutually respecting each other.

Heron Way has a First Aid Co-ordinator, three fully trained First Aiders and a large team of Emergency First Aid trained staff.   There are members of staff who are trained in the use of Epi-pens.

A policy is in place for administration of medicines.

Heron Way has a good professional relationship with a range of outside support agencies, including speech and language therapists, social communication team, inclusion advisory service, school nurses, as well as links with Social Care, community police force and educational welfare department.

Additional risk assessments are put into place for children with specific needs when planning trips or extracurricular activities.

The main school building is accessible for wheelchairs.

Resources and specific equipment are budgeted for and alternative grants are always applied for if available.

Parents, school staff including the Head Teacher, Assistant Head Teachers and Governors and outside agencies are involved in decision making as to what is the best provision and support for individual children.

Leaflet - Sep 2014