Your child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
What can we at William Davis Primary School offer you?
Please click on the 18 questions below for more information about the SEND Local Offer from William Davis and how we can support your child.
1. Who are the best people to talk to at William Davis about my child’s difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disability?
Talk to your child’s class teachers about your concerns or the school’s SENCo, Mrs Claudia Wesse.
If you continue to have concerns, arrange to discuss these with Mrs Annika Eadie, the head teacher.
2. How does the school identify children who may have an SEN need?
We are committed to identifying special educational needs at the earliest opportunity. When a pupil first joins the school, we liaise closely with their previous setting to ensure they can access learning in the best possible way straight away. Within the school, each child’s progress - academically, socially and emotionally, is monitored continuously by teachers and the senior leadership team. Pupil progress meetings are held termly, where the head teacher, the class teacher, teaching assistants, the SENDCo and phase leaders discuss the progress and attainment of each child. Any concerns about a child are dealt with immediately and follow – up actions are put in place. Parents are able to discuss their child with either the class teacher, the SENCo or the senior leadership team.
3. How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning, special educational needs or disability?
Your child’s teachers may initially speak to you to arrange a time to discuss the concerns.
The teachers may also talk to you about concerns at a parent/teacher meeting.
The school’s SENDCo may contact you to arrange a meeting.
4. How will the curriculum and the school environment be matched to my child’s needs?
At William Davis Primary all children are provided with ‘Quality First Teaching’ delivered by the class teacher.
Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class.
5. What types of interventions might my child access?
This depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. At William Davis Primary provision matches the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEND Code of Practice 2014:
Tier 1 - Universal support. This is the ‘Quality First Teaching’ your child will receive from his/her class teachers. The universal offer may include in class group support with reading, writing and/ or mathematics - as identified via pupil progress review meetings.
Tier 2 - Targeted support. It may be appropriate to consider making additional short-term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning. Specific targeted one to one or small group interventions may be run outside the classroom. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress towards learning outcomes. Targeted support currently provided at William Davis includes phonics intervention, pre-teaching maths, pre-teaching vocabulary, pre-reading/reading booster, individual reader, LEGO therapy, nurture group, 1:1 or small group support from a teaching assistant.
Tier 3 - Specialist support. It may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long-term support from a specialist professional outside the school in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child. This may include Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Play Therapy, Outreach Advisory Teachers and the Child Development Team. The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. However, for a very small number of pupils, access to these specialists may be through an EHC Plan.
Specialist support currently provided at/accessible via William Davis includes:
6. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
7. How will you support my child to reach his/her learning outcomes?
8. How is support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels of support in school?
9. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
At William Davis Primary we are committed to implementing the school’s core values – ‘communication’, ‘care‘, ‘collaboration’, ‘commitment’, ‘respect’ and ‘honesty’. These are embedded within every aspect of school life and help ensure the happiness and well-being of all our children.
We aim to develop children’s social and emotional awareness and wellbeing via the delivery of the school’s PSHE curriculum, which is linked to learning opportunities across the whole school. It provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within discrete lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom.
In addition, the school:
10. What is an Education Health Plan (EHC Plan) and who can request one for one for my child?
The purpose of an EHC Plan is to make special provision to meet the special educational needs of a child or young person, to secure improved outcomes for him/her across education, health and social care and, as he/she gets older, prepare for adulthood. An EHC Plan will contain:
11. How will the school know that the support has made a difference to my child’s learning and how can my child and I be included in this review process?
Your child’s progress will be assessed both in terms of his/her regular learning within the class and with regard to specific intervention programmes.
The impact of the support given is carefully measured to ensure that the learning outcomes have been achieved and if not, what adaptations are required. It may be decided that a further period of support would be beneficial for your child.
You and your child will be kept informed and encouraged to be actively involved at all stages of this support. The school implements a four part process:
Assessment data will be collated by the school and, where relevant external professionals.
A support plan is put in place. This is done with the child’s class teacher, the child, his/her parents/carers and the SENCo. In some cases, other professionals may be involved, too.
Agreed adaptions to the curriculum and/or additional support are put in place.
Outcomes set at the planning meeting are review. Both the pupil and his/her parents/carers are involved in the review.
12. How will the school consider my views and those of my child with regard to his/her difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disabilities?
At William Davis Primary we believe it is very important for parents/carers to be involved in all areas of their child’s learning and we actively encourage discussions.
We believe, where appropriate, that it is essential to understand your child’s views on any difficulties they may experience with their learning.
13. How is my child included in all the same activities as his/her peers at the school?
William Davis Primary is an inclusive school and committed to providing equal opportunities for all children.
School clubs, educational visits and trips are available to all children.
When necessary the school will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with SEN and/or disabilities are included in all activities.
14. How will William Davis Primary School support my child in transition stages?
We liaise closely with the school or nursery your child is transferring from. We discuss with the relevant teachers any individual needs and how best to support your child in school. This could involve, for example the Educational Psychologist, the Speech and Language Therapists and other relevant partnerships.
At William Davis Primary we take care to ensure that during transition points (between classes each year and at the end of Key Stages) all staff are aware of individual pupil’s needs, learning progress and best support strategies.
15. How does William Davis Primary School ensure the teaching staff are appropriately trained to support my child’s special educational needs and/or disability?
At William Davis Primary we believe that your child’s learning needs will be met in the first instance through the high quality teaching delivered by his/her class teachers.
16. If I have any other questions about my child at William Davis Primary School who can I ask?
At William Davis Primary we are very happy to speak to you about any aspects of your child’s education. It is best to speak to one of the following in this order:
the class teacher
17. Who can my child/who can I contact if I have a complaint about the SEND provision made for my child?
18. Whom else can young people and parents contact if they have any concerns
The Parent Advice Service offers advice, information and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs (SEN) and to young people aged 16 to 25 independent of their parents. Parents can self-refer to this service.
Parent’s Advice Centre
30 Greatorex Street
London E1 5NP
Tel. 020 7364 6489