Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) – Local Offer Information
Supporting the Learning & Emotional wellbeing of all Pupils
Some children have needs that are additional to or different from other young people. These may be learning difficulties, social & communication problems, physical disabilities or emotional & behavioural difficulties. It is the job of the SEND & Pastoral teams to recognise these difficulties, support pupils to overcome them and to ensure they can achieve their full potential.
How do we know which pupils need help?
Beamont Collegiate Academy is committed to early identification of special educational needs. A range of evidence is collected from previous schools and through assessment and monitoring procedures. This includes information from any additional testing carried out by the SEND Team. If this suggests that additional and / or different provision is necessary, this is allocated. If, in consultation with parents, a pupil requires a referral to a specialist agency for assessment and advice this is undertaken, with recommendations then implemented.
How do we help pupils?
Beamont Collegiate Academy is an inclusive school, where all teachers are teachers of pupils with special educational needs & disabilities.
A range of school staff, including your child’s subject teachers and the SENCo, will plan, oversee and review the necessary provision for your child to make appropriate progress and achieve.
If this involves intervention sessions, your child may at times, be working in a small group aimed at addressing gaps in their subject knowledge, improving basic literacy and/or numeracy skills or developing their social skills and ability to manage behaviour and emotions.
When appropriate, individual pupils may also be supported by specialist staff from external agencies eg. Sensory Support Team, Speech Therapists, Educational Psychologist or the school counsellor. The specialist professional will work with your child to understand his/her needs and make recommendations which may include making changes to the way your child is supported in school. They may set up a small group run by school staff under their guidance or carry out individual work with the pupil themselves.
How will the curriculum at BCA be matched to the needs of my child?
At Key Stage 3 your child will follow a broad and balanced curriculum, grouped according to ability to allow him/her to make at least good progress.
At KS4 your child will have the opportunity to follow a personalised pathway to suit his/her abilities, talents and needs. In consultation with parents, pupils are offered a balance of academic and vocational courses tailored to the needs and aspirations of each individual.
All our teachers plan to include all pupils in lessons and work is differentiated to an appropriate level for your child to ensure s/he can access the work, make good progress and achieve.
How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Through day to day teaching and learning, your child’s progress will be continually assessed with teachers’ planning responding to the outcomes.
In Years 7 and 8 pupils are formally assessed approximately every 12 weeks with the outcome of the assessments shared with parents via an interim report.
In Years 9, 10 and 11 formal assessments are carried out 5 times per year with the outcomes shared with parents via an interim report.
Throughout the year we hold regular tutor & parents’ evenings to discuss all aspects of the pupils’ progress and wellbeing.
For particular children more in depth assessments may be required. Some of these can be carried out by school staff, others we ask external agencies to carry out. We will always consult with you prior to arranging this and discuss the findings afterwards.
In addition, some pupils are assigned a personal mentor who has the specific focus on progress and attainment. Part of this role is to make regular contact with parents to discuss successes as well as any needs to be addressed.
If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan an annual review is held in accordance with the guidance in the SEND Code of Practice.
If you wish to speak to one of your child’s class teachers, form tutor or the SENCo, you can ask for a mutually convenient appointment. We will always ask to see you if we have concerns about your child’s progress.
What support will there be for my child’s overall emotional health & wellbeing?
Beamont Collegiate Academy works hard with families to support the emotional health & wellbeing of all pupils. Our pastoral structure places the emotional needs of the child as a high priority.
Each year group has a Progress Leader who oversees all aspects of the development and progress of pupils. They are supported by a Pastoral Support Assistant who is able to offer additional emotional and practical support for pupils.
Key school staff attend a weekly Pupil Review Meeting to discuss and review interventions/packages that some pupils need to be successful within school.
We have strong links with our School Health Adviser, Educational Psychologist & Educational Welfare officer.
What specialist services & expertise are available at or accessed by BCA?
We also link with other specialist services such as
- Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
- Speech and Language Therapy
- CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- Social Care
A Counsellor from RELATEEN works in school with identified pupils on a weekly basis.
We also have an extensive knowledge of services to support children and families in the local community.
What training have staff received to support pupils with SEND?
All staff receive regular training and updates for appropriate categories of special educational needs. Over the last couple of years staff have received training on managing behaviour, ASD, Sensory impairments, differentiation and working with pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Two members of staff have specialist teacher status to work with pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia.
The School Health Adviser provides annual epi-pen training.
All teaching and support staff are thoroughly briefed on pupils with additional needs when they transfer to the academy.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including Afterschool Clubs & school trips?
Beamont Collegiate Academy provides around 50 after school enrichment activities each week. Attendance at these sessions is positively encouraged and accessible to all pupils. The Enrichment programme allows all pupils to access high quality extra curricular activities to encourage them to be well rounded individuals.
Attendance at after school intervention sessions is positively encouraged and accessible to all pupils.
We make every effort to include all pupils in school trips. Should your child require an individual risk assessment, this will be carried out as necessary.
How accessible is BCA?
The academy is accessible to all with a physical disability. Access to the main building is through powered doors. A lift allows access to the first floor facilities quickly & easily. Our Hygiene room has a H track ceiling hoist, slings & a changing bed. A portable hoist is also available for use around school.
There are five accessible toilets at various points around school.
There are three Evac chairs on the first floor.
There is a hearing loop on main reception.
We endeavour to provide an appropriate translator to assist us in communicating with parents/ carers whose first language is not English.
How will BCA prepare & support my child to join the academy and transfer to a new education setting?
We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.
Primary to Year 7:
- The Transition Co-ordinator ensures that all pupils from Year 4 onwards in our local primary schools have the opportunity to spend time in the Academy. Primary pupils experience specialist teaching to ensure that the change to high school is a positive experience.
- Pupils from all primary schools have the opportunity from Year 2 onwards to attend the Saturday Academy to participate in a variety of activities including Performing Arts, Karate & Coder Dojo.
- The Primary Transition Coordinator & the SENCo liaise with Year 6 teaching staff and SENCos from your child’s primary school to ensure we have all the necessary information about your child
- Should it be felt that your child would benefit from additional transition visits/input this will be planned and carried out by the most appropriate school staff
- A support package will be put into place prior to your child transferring to BCA.
- All relevant staff will be made aware of the additional needs and support in place for the pupil
Oversubscription criteria are used to establish an order of priority for allocation purposes when the number of applications for places at a school is greater that the number of places available. However, Children who have a statement of special educational needs will be admitted to the school named in the statement over and above the published oversubscription criteria.
Year 11 to Post 16 Provision
- All pupils at Beamont Collegiate Academy have access to the Independent Advice & Guidance (IAG) provision via external providers. Pupils with additional needs are offered bespoke IAG to supplement this.
- Taster days and activities at a number of local colleges are arranged for all pupils throughout Years 9 and 10
- The SENCo liaises with the relevant college SENCos to ensure they are aware of the additional needs of pupils intending to join one of their courses.
- Where possible your child will visit their new provider on several occasions and meet the support staff. A member of school staff will accompany your child should this be needed
How are resources allocated and matched to pupil’s special educational needs?
The Local Authority calculates and provides the funding for schools to meet the needs of all children with special educational needs. This is calculated using information about pupil’s prior attainment and the socio – economic make up of our school cohort. We then allocate support according to need. If your child has an Education, Health & Care Plan we will ensure the provision specified within it is provided.
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Teaching staff together with Heads of Department will review your child’s progress regularly and offer interventions to address gaps in knowledge as appropriate.
Our Pupil Review meeting takes place weekly and is attended by key school staff. If it is agreed that a pupil requires support, decisions are taken as to the most appropriate type, who is to provide it and for how long. This is reviewed regularly.
The in class support and basic skills intervention support pupils’ receive is reviewed regularly.
Advice from specialists is sought and implemented when appropriate as is any specialist equipment necessary for pupils.
How are pupils consulted and involved in supporting their additional needs?
Support arrangements are discussed and reviewed with pupils.
Pupils with Statements/ EHC Plans are positively encouraged to give their views and wishes during the annual review process.
How are parents involved in the academy?
Our open door policy encourages partnership working with parents/ carers. We ensure that review meetings for your child are planned at mutually convenient times. We listen to what you tell us about your child and use that information to ensure everyone working with your child understands his/her needs.
Who can I contact for further information?
Further information can be found in the following documents published on the academy website:
- BCA SEND & Inclusion Policy – Click here to view
- Equality & Diversity Policy
- Accessibility Plan – Click here to view
Your first point of contact should be your child’s form tutor or Progress Leader.
You can also contact the SENCo (Mrs Richards) or Director of Student Services (Mr Reynolds) on 01925 579500.
The Warrington Borough Council Local Offer can be found at www.warrington.gov.uk.
The Warrington Parent Partnership Service can be contacted on 01925 44322.
If you would like to apply for a place at Beamont Collegiate Academy please contact us on 01925 579500 to arrange a visit.
How do I make a complaint?
If you wish to make a complaint about a matter related to a SEND or difficulty you should use Beamont Collegiate Academy’s complaints and appeals procedure and your complaint will be dealt with accordingly. Details of the Complaints Procedure can be obtained from;
The Principal, Beamont Collegiate Academy
Long Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8PX Tel: 01925 579500
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