Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) SEN Report

Royds Hall Community School SEND SEN Report

General Statement

Royds Hall Community School recognises the achievements and abilities of all of           our students. We value the contributions that every child can make and welcomes the diversity of culture, religion and learning style. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our students whatever their needs and abilities. The school seeks to raise achievement, remove barriers to learning and increase physical and curricular access for all. All students with SEN are valued, respected and equal members of the school. As such, provision for students with SEN is a matter for the school as a whole. ‘All teachers are teachers of students with SEN’

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision at Royds Hall Community School (RHCS) is overseen by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and co-ordinated by the SENCOs. SEND provision is regularly monitored, reviewed and evaluated by this team and the school’s governing body receives regular updates on how individual needs are being met and how SEN funding is spent.

All pupils at RHCS are treated according to their individual needs and teaching staff, with the support and guidance of the SENCO, plan an appropriately differentiated curriculum for pupils with SEND to ensure quality first teaching.  Clear Additional Needs Plans are put in place including Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and My Support Plans (MSPs), which are shared with relevant staff and regularly reviewed and adjusted as students’ progress. Regular assessment and feedback is used to inform these reviews. Student’s opinions are also gathered, ensuring that they are directly involved as a partner in their learning. 

Useful contacts:                              

School general enquiries: 01484 463366.

SENCO: Emma Canetti

Deputy Head: Sue Renshaw

Link to Local Authority Local Offer: www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if I think my child has special educational needs?

Parents/carers may contact the SENCO, Emma Canetti, on 01484 463366. Arrangements can be made for a meeting in order that school can listen carefully to any concerns and put any appropriate actions in place. This may involve signposting to other professionals.

How will I know how well my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

Written school reports are sent home annually. In addition to this, parents will be invited to attend Parents’ Evenings and Academic Tutorials and may be involved in annual reviews. The Director of Additional Needs is always available on these occasions for any further discussion. Parents can also arrange to meet with the SENCO and/or other significant staff members to discuss their child’s progress and how this can be supported. Regular updates on progress can be found on SIMs learning gateway accessed through the school’s website.

What specialist services and expertise are available?

School has close working relationships with many specialist services through the SEND, inclusion and safeguarding teams. These include: Educational Psychology; Speech and Language Therapy; CAMHS, School Nurse Team and a School Counsellor.

What training is available for/has been completed by staff working with children with SEND?

Our SENCO has completed the National Award in SEN coordination and holds a number of specialist teaching qualifications. Two members of the Additional Needs team a currently hold specialist teacher qualifications – PGCert SPLD Dyslexia AMBDA Award, and two members are working towards this qualification. This expertise is disseminated throughout the whole school. We have two members of the team have gained Higher Level Teaching Qualifications and a large number of staff have gained a specialist speech, language and communication qualification. Through in-house and input from outside providers, we also have high levels of expertise in the understanding of behavioural difficulties and have robust systems in place to support and monitor children whose barriers to learning lie in this area.

How will the school help my child on transfer to the next phase of education?

The SENCO is made aware of any children transferring to RHCS who may have SEND. New Year 7 students with SEND attend a specific SEN transition day in June and then join all other students for a 2 week transition period in July. Additional home/nursery visits are arranged as necessary for pupils transitioning to reception. A well developed, thorough process of College/Sixth form transition is in place.