SEN Information Report September 2022 - July 2023
Pupils with Special Educational Needs at Rowdown: September 2022 – July 2023
|Number on roll
|Children receiving SEND support
|Children with EHCPs
The Current Range of Disabilities within Rowdown School
The school has children with a range of disabilities which include Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Hearing Impairment and medical conditions such as Myopia, Inherited Metabolic Disease, Chronic Allergies and Sickle Cell Anaemia. When children enter school with specific disabilities, the school liaises with LA professionals & previous settings for assessments, support and guidance for the school and parents/carers.
We have a number of children who have asthma and all staff are aware of these children. Inhalers are kept in the classrooms and a record of use is noted.
Some children have allergies or food intolerances/cultural food choices. Our caterers are able to meet the needs of children with specialist diets in an inclusive environment.
All medical information is collated and available to the relevant staff. Staff are regularly updated with training sessions.
All medication is kept in a central safe and secure place which has easy access for First Aiders and staff members. Consent forms for the administration of medicine are filled in by parents, outlining the condition and dosage of medication. All medication that is given is recorded.
It is important to listen to the pupil’s voice regarding their individual needs. While some children are happy and confident to discuss their challenges, other children prefer discrete support.
How has SEN been identified at Rowdown this year?
When a child is making significantly slower progress than their peers or is struggling to achieve their predicted potential they could be considered to have Special Educational Needs (SEN). Early intervention is essential for progress however it is important to avoid mislabelling a child with additional needs and to remain focussed on meeting their needs.
In partnership with the Class teacher, SENCO, parents and the child we consider any barriers to learning.
Barriers could include:
- Absences or lateness
- Changing schools or moving house
- Difficulties in speaking English
- A temporary illness or injury e.g. broken arm
- Worries or concerns such as a family bereavement
- Being a young carer
We know that children who experience these types of issues may be vulnerable students but this does not mean they should be identified as a child with SEN.
The learning of all children at Rowdown Primary School is regularly and rigorously assessed.
Data meetings were held termly and progress and attainment was monitored. Additional support was put in place to support children who had been identified through the progress meetings.
The SENCO followed up with children who had received QFT and additional support in school and had not made expected progress.
The Educational Psychologist was able to support teachers in developing or adjusting their practice for children who were identified with significant special educational needs.
Inclusion meetings were held at least termly and the information shared was used to support assessments regarding whether a child had additional needs.
Senior leaders regularly reviewed children’s work through book looks, data meetings and observations within each year group and fed back to individual teachers. Through this process individual children were identified for further support.
The three schools within the Fairchildes Academy Community Trust moderated across all year groups during the Autumn and Spring Term.
Formal Assessment was also used to identify needs such as:
- Phonics screening in Year 1
- SALT assessment
- Talk Boost Assessments
- IDL assessments
Children were added to the SEN register if their ability was significantly below their peers and a short-term barrier could not account for their lack of progress or attainment. Parents were involved in decision making and reviews of decisions held regularly.
This year has seen a significant rise in referrals to CAMHS and since September 2022, 15 referrals have been submitted.
SEND Support this year:
Autumn 2022 - Summer 2023
Provision for children in school
- NHS therapists maintained contact with the school SENCO for pupils with an EHCP. There was limited capacity for the NHS to take on board new referrals. Therapists were still able to contact parents at home if the parent preferred. Advice was available in person or via email, telephone or online meetings to the SENCO and/or class teacher as needed.
- Speech and Language Therapy. EYFS has continued to receive speech and language support through trained TA’s. Additional support was provided for Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 with The Talk Boost programme aimed at developing children’s language skills.
- TA’s worked with children who had Occupational Therapy support plans to develop fine and gross motor skills as well as addressing sensory needs.
- Mentoring - checking in sessions continued as needed (a request can be made from a parent, child, teacher or social care). 1-1 & small group mentoring has continued alongside support for parents/carers
- Counselling - 17 children have received regular counselling sessions during the year alongside 4 children who accessed regular extended lunchtime slots. Our adult counsellor has also supported 3 parents/carers or staff members over the last year.
- Animal Therapy Sessions – Weekly sessions with Pets and Ponies was provided for children during the summer term.
- Parenting support - The class teachers, pastoral team and SENCO regularly contacted parents via email, WEDUC and telephone to offer parenting support as requested. For Parents’ evening there was the option of face to face or online meetings.
- Learning interventions. IEP and EHCP provision was continued e.g. IDL (International Dyslexia Learning), Precision Teaching and Whizzy Words.
- Additional support was provided through the tutoring programme
- Locality Funding also supported a further 4 pupils
Training and Development 2022-2023
Staff at Rowdown continuously look to develop their practice and extend their expertise. An ongoing programme of training is in place to ensure that teachers and support staff have appropriate skills and knowledge.
This year training has included:
- Adaptation in Core & Foundation Subjects
- ADHD - EP Training
- ADHD & Neurodiversity - CAMHS
- Developing IEP’s & Pupil Passports
- Talk Boost Programme
- SEN Conference - SEND & Mental Health
Equipment and Facilities
Rowdown has developed our resources to meet the needs of children with SEN (see our school offer). This year we have continued to use augmented technology which includes: iPads, laptops as well as using software such as Times Table Rockstars and IDL.
Which outside agencies have been accessed through Rowdown?
The use of outside agencies very much depends upon the individual needs. However, some are frequent visitors to school.
1. The Educational Psychologist
This year our Educational Psychologist has been Dr J Lawton who has held consultation meetings with parents/carers and staff, assessed children’s needs and provided statutory support for those pupils with an EHCP as required.
2. Speech and Language Therapy
Our Liaison speech and language therapist is Louise Needham. Louise is very familiar with the school and has provided quality ongoing support over the last year. Working closely with the parents, TAs and SENCO to meet the needs of the 20 children on the NHS caseload.
4. Locality SEND Support Scheme
Rowdown has continued to be part of the Locality SEND Support Scheme this academic year. The school has requested support for several children with SEN. Rowdown has also received support for SALT assessments with Love to Communicate, EP referrals and specialist equipment to meet the needs of individual children.
The locality scheme has seen schools in the area benefit from closer working practices that have supported the transition of children going to high school, in particular Meridian High.
5. CAMHS/Community Paediatrician
We refer children to CAMHS or to the community Paediatrician for concerns regarding their mental health or for a diagnostic assessment of ASD and ADHD. We are also able to refer for Emotional Well Being support for children via SPOC (Single Point of Contact) in Croydon.
Who should I contact to find out more about SEN at Rowdown?
School SEN Offer: https://www.factrust.org/rowdownsenoffer
School Policies: https://www.factrust.org/rowdownschoolpolicies
Rowdown Inclusion Team
Head of School
|Deputy Head/Deputy DSL
Ms Bampoe-Brush, Mrs Humphreys
Pastoral & Behaviour Lead & Mentors
Speech & Language Co-ordinator
If you are concerned about your child and feel that he/she needs more support, please don't hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher or to any member of the Inclusion Team
You can contact any of these members of staff through the main school switchboard - 01689 843367
Contact Miss Johnson directly –
What do all the abbreviations mean?
- ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- ADD/ADHD Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- BSS Behaviour Support Service
- EHCP Education Health Care Plan
- EP Educational Psychologist
- EWO Education Welfare Officer
- FSM Free School Meals
- G&T Gifted & Talented
- HI Hearing Impaired
- IEP Individual Education Plan
- LA Local Authority
- LD Learning Difficulties
- LSA Learning Support Assistant
- MLD Moderate Learning Difficulties
- NC National Curriculum
- ODD Oppositional Defiance Disorder
- OT Occupational Therapy
- PRU Pupil Referral Unit
- SALT/SLT Speech and Language Therapy
- SATs Standard Assessment Tests
- SEN Special Educational Needs
- SENCo Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
- SLD Severe Learning Difficulties
- SpLD Specific Learning Difficulties
- SPM Sensory, Physical, Medical
- SEMH Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- TA Teaching Assistant
- VI Visually Impaired