Welcome to the SEND and Inclusion area of our website. Below you will find some useful information about our SEND provision, including our School Offer and Information Report. There are also links to a variety of articles answering many questions you may have with regards to our provision.
Applying for or choosing schools if your child has SEND
Most children with special educational needs can be taught in mainstream schools. If your child has more severe or complex needs they may need to go to a special school or school with a specialist unit.
Applying for school
If your child doesn't have a statement of Special Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you apply for a primary school place in the same way as other parents.
If your child has a statement of Special Educational Needs or EHCP, the school named in it must offer them a place.
If your child is being assessed for Special Educational Needs you should follow the standard process. If you don't apply for a place and your child doesn't get an EHCP, you may miss out on a place at one of your preferred schools.
Choosing a mainstream school
You should find out:
- whether the school has experience of children with similar needs and what strategies have been effective
- what the school's Special Educational Needs and Disability policy is
- how the SENCO passes information about children to teaching staff
- how your child would be supported in class
- how you'd be involved in your child's progress and development.
If your child has an EHCP and you're unsure if a school is suitable for them, you can talk to your named officer.
Choosing a special school or school with special unit
Special schools only take children who have a particular type of educational need such as Visual Impairment or Physical Disability. Some mainstream schools have special units to support children with particular needs.
Our special schools and specialist units within mainstream schools only admit children with and EHCP whose needs are very severe and complex.
Our Local Offer
Under the Children and Families Bill, which became law in 2014, Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about services that they expect to be available for children and young people with disabilities and Special Educational Needs aged 0-25. This is called the Information Report or Local Offer.
Solihull Local Authority's offer can be found here: Solihull Local Offer
'The intention of the Information Report is to improve choice and transparency for families...'
The intention of this document is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for professionals in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. Tidbury Green is a fully inclusive school that is totally committed to providing the best possible education for all of its children regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs. This document is intended to give you information regarding the many ways in which we ensure we support all of our children, including those with SEND, at Tidbury Green. It is important to note that it may not include every skill, resource and technique that we employ as these are continually being developed and modified to meet the changing requirements of individual children.
We are a mainstream school for 4-11 year olds and we are able to deliver this offer consistently across all Key Stages and areas of our school. Tidbury Green School is fully wheel chair accessible and we have an appropriately sized disabled toilet on site, and toilets and sinks have been adapted in all year groups.
For an overview of our Early Intervention and Graduated Approach, please click on the link below.
Please click on the articles below for additional information.
Emma Morgan (SENCO).
Date to be reviewed:
Who is the SENCo at Tidbury Green?
Hello, my name is Miss Morgan and I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at Tidbury Green School. If you have any concerns about your child, please get in touch and we can organise a convenient time to meet to discuss them.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, please don’t hesitate to contact us:
- By phone at Tidbury Green on 01564 823189
- By email at email@example.com
What specialist facilities/equipment are available to support children with SEND at Tidbury Green?
- Sensory/weighed cushions
- Pencil grips
- Coloured acetates
- Task management boards
- Key word banks
- High frequency bookmarks
- Sloping boards
- Fiddle toys
- Number lines/number beads
- Sensory activity diet
What input do Tidbury Green receive from Therapists/Advisory Teachers/other specialist support services?
Currently, we receive additional support from Specialist Teachers from Solihull's Specialist Inclusion Support Service in several areas. This includes teachers from the following teams:
- Sensory and Physical
- Communication and Learning Difficulties
- Social, Emotional, Mental Health
- Early Years Support and Assessment
- Speech, Language and Communication
Where appropriate, we also refer children to Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and the Specialist Assessment Service (who provide multidisciplinary assessment advice and support for children and their families, with significant and complex medical, developmental and/or social needs). Parental permission will always be gained before a referral to any of the above teams is made.
Where needed we may also refer a child to SOLAR (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service).
All external visitors (coming in to work with, assess, monitor or review children) will need to be agreed by the head-teacher. When they are in school, they may be accompanied by a member of our staff to support their work and that of the school.
How are children with SEND supported at Tidbury Green?
With the Code of Practice emphasising that the majority of children should be educated together, this will always be the first level of support. We strive to meet the needs of all our pupils through high-quality teaching and a personalised approach. Some children however, will still need further support to achieve.
- Wave 1 - Most children: The delivery of high-quality and inclusive teaching, that takes the learning needs of all pupils into account, and strives for all children achieving within the classroom.
- Wave 2 - Some children: Some children may need further support to reach their targets. This may still be provided within the classroom as part of lessons, but more specifically tailored to their needs.
- Wave 3 - Few Children: A minority of pupils may need individualised and highly-tailored interventions.
The support given to each child at Tidbury Green is different, according to their own personal needs. Every child we teach is unique, so dependent on the needs of your child, a range of strategies and approaches may be put in place to support their progress. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Social skills groups or mentoring with our Learning Mentors or Teaching Assistants.
- Structured Phonics Programs.
- Additional one to one reading support.
- Small group support in English or maths.
- Reward charts or report cards to support positive behaviour within school.
- The use of resources or equipment to support a child’s physical or organisational needs, for example.
All staff take into account the needs of the pupils they are teaching when planning lessons, and differentiate the curriculum accordingly. This ensures that children of all abilities are challenged and supported suitably at their own level. At Tidbury Green, we pride ourselves on building good relationships with all of our pupils and ensuring they are happy and safe.
In some cases where a child's needs are severe and of a high-level, an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may need to be applied for. This will always be discussed with the child's parents/carers in the first instance, and consent gained. If you or the school feel this may be appropriate for your child, then we will follow the guidance from the Local Authority. This process includes using a document called the 'My Support Plan'. This would be completed, monitored and reviewed over a period of at least two school terms in order to gather evidence and information about a child's needs. Your involvement in this process will be encouraged. At the end of the two school terms, the information collected within the 'My Support Plan' document, will be compared with 'Solihull's SEN Banding' document to ascertain whether or not your child's needs meet Solihull's criteria for an EHCP, and therefore whether one can be applied for.
More information on this process, including the 'My Support Plan' document and the 'Solihull SEN Banding' Document mentioned above, is available here on the Local Authority's Local Offer website.
What CPD (Continued Professional Development) have our staff had in order to meet the needs of children with SEND?
All staff at Tidbury Green regularly receive training for managing the needs of children within a variety of areas of SEND. Some of this training is delivered by outside professionals. This academic year training has included:
- Information about the New Code of Practice
- Updating the SEN policy and school procedures in reference to the New Code of Practice
- Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
- Tier Two training from the Autism Education Trust
- SENCO and Key Staff - Tier Three training from the Autism Education Trust
- Quality-first teaching techniques
Previous training in school has included:
- Read, Write, Inc as an intervention
- Teaching Assistant training on Literacy Interventions
- Tier One training from the Autism Education Trust
- Using Numicon in the classroom
- Dyslexia - how to recognise and support children with this need
- BEAM training (Balance and motor skills)
- Behaviour management
- Dyspraxia - how to recognise and support children with this need
How do we promote inclusion within school?
Ensuring that we follow statutory guidance from the Code of Practice, where possible we want all children to be included in everything that takes place at Tidbury Green so that they are able to reach their full potential. To make sure that all children have the chance to be involved, we work closely with our parents/carers, the SEND Governor, the Local Authority and other relevant experts, to ensure that any pupil's additional needs are catered for and any barriers to their attainment are overcome.
Teachers plan to meet the needs of individuals and to ensure that they are able to be involved fully in every lesson, when appropriate, and to ensure that their curriculum is inclusive of all children regardless of their needs. We can also make special arrangements, when necessary, to allow all children to be part of day and residential trips as these often support the curriculum and are a valuable part of any child's education.
What proportion of our pupils currently have SEND?
How do children with SEND perform compared to their peers?
Children with SEND at Tidbury Green perform well and are in line with their peers, usually making expected or better progress each year. In some cases, this allows them to begin closing the attainment gap between themselves and others.
How do we involve/support parents of children with SEND regarding identifying and meeting their needs?
The views of parents/carers are very important to us at Tidbury Green. If you ever have any concerns about your child's progress (academically, emotionally or socially), please do not hesitate to contact me or, if you feel more comfortable, the class teacher who can then pass on your concerns.
Parents/carers have termly opportunities, either through Parent's Consultation Meetings or Open Afternoons, to discuss their child's progress, targets or any other concerns with the class teacher. Also, Review Meetings are held for children with SEND termly, which parents/carers are invited to, as well as the class teacher and SENCo. Where appropriate, the child’s view is gained either through discussion or by them attending the meeting. In these meetings, the child's learning is discussed, prior targets are reviewed and new targets are set. Also, parents/carers have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the needs of their child or to raise any concerns, and to receive advice about how they can also support their child in reaching their targets.
How do we communicate children's progress and areas of difficulty?
As a result of our review meetings for the children with SEND, we update their SEND Review which includes progress made against previous targets, setting new targets and discussing the support needed for the child to meet them. The class teacher, parent and SENCo all have a copy of this, which ensures that progress towards their SEND targets can be monitored by everyone involved with the child. Class teachers and the SENCo are always available to talk either face to face or on the telephone and appointments can be made if there are any further concerns.
You will find the appropriate contact information in the section called ‘Who is the SENCo at Tidbury Green?’.
How do we ensure that the views of the child are heard?
How does Tidbury Green prepare children with an SEND to join their next stage of education or life?
All children at Tidbury Green are supported in their transitions between years, Key Stages and schools. Before children move into their new classes, the previous and next class teacher meet to discuss the class and the individual needs of the children within it. The class teachers specifically discuss the needs of children with SEND and look at what works well for that child as well as areas in which they may need more support. All children spend the last week of the Summer Term with their new teacher which reduces anxiety about moving classes for all children, but is particularly effective for children with SEND. For those children who find change difficult to manage, it allows them to build a relationship with their new teacher before the new school year starts.
We also support our Year 6 pupils in their transition to Secondary School, they have days out at their new schools and we pass on relevant information to their next school to help in the transition process. The SENCo or a Senior Leader then contacts the secondary school during the Autumn Term to see how well they have settled into their new routines.
Where can I go for more support with my child at home?
Although we hope to be able to offer you and your child all of the support that you may need, we understand that sometimes having an independent service, which provides specifically for parents of children with SEND, will be important to you. Below is some information and the contact details for two such services.
Solihull SENDIAS offer a free confidential and impartial service for children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) and their parents and carers. We are legally trained to offer information advice and support to children, young people & their parents, to help them make informed decisions and play an active role in their own or their child’s education. We explain SEND processes and procedures in straight-forward language so everyone knows what to expect and what part they play. Contact us via:
Telephone: 0121 516 5173
Kids Independent Support
Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment process. Contact us via:
Phone: 01384 423868
What are the arrangements for making a complaint?
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