Special Educational Needs

SEN Information Report

Most students at various stages in their learning require additional support, some more than others, and at Putteridge High School we adhere to the national code of practice for SEND to ensure that students’ individual needs are met in line with the local authority offer which outlines what is expected on behalf of the local authority.

Please click here for the Luton Borough Council Local Offer.

We are committed to ensuring all students make exceptional progress, regardless of any learning barriers they may face and we do this by embedding high standards and expectations for every child and supporting students to achieve these.

How do we identify children and young people with SEND and assess their needs?

 The identification process is critical in ensuring both accurate and specific support is put in place. The various methods of effective and individualised identification of SEND include:

  • Monitoring and tracking the progress of all students.
  • Pupil observations including diagnostic assessments from outside professionals.
  • Effective communication between the child, parents and other stakeholders.
  • Our accessibility plans are aimed at increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum.
  • We have improved the physical environment to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage and have better access to education opportunities, facilities and services at the school.
  • Skilled teachers and support staff who are trained to identify students with SEND and will communicate with the School SENDCo.

How do we support and ensure high achievement for children with SEND?

Support for each child is personalised based on their individual needs and ability. Some examples of the way in which we ensure high achievement for children with SEND include:

  • Ensuring that First Class inclusive teaching and learning is a relentless focus for every teacher.
  • Having high standards and expectations for all.
  • Regular professional development for teachers and teaching assistants to support the achievement of children with SEND.
  • Highly skilled and effectively deployed teaching and assistants and learning mentors.
  • Effective collaboration and communication with the child, parents and relevant external agencies.

How do we evaluate the effectiveness of our provision for such students?

  • The SENDCo and/or other member of the SLT hold regular Learning Walks and observations to review effectiveness of teaching for children with SEND.
  • We value the feedback and views from the child and their parents; this is completed through 1:1 consultations as well as pupil and parent surveys.
  • Scrutiny of provision through internal and external audits as well as quality assurance reviews.

How do we assess and review pupils' progress towards outcomes and evaluate the effectiveness of our provision?

  • Vigorous tracking and monitoring of their progress.
  • Pupil progress meetings are held at subject and at a senior level to review pupil progress.
  • The SENDCo produces an annual report for the Pastoral Governor Committee meetings with regards to progress for children with SEND.
  • Subject review meetings are held termly which address the progress of children with SEND across the curriculum.
  • Conduct an annual provision review with stakeholders to identify areas for development.

What is our approach to teaching children with SEND?

  • Ensuring that First Class inclusive teaching and learning is a relentless focus for every teacher.
  • High standards and expectations for all children.
  • Effective differentiation to meet the individual needs of children with SEND and ensure appropriate challenge and support.
  • When additional support and intervention is required, it is evidence-based and has high levels of impact.

What do we do to ensure that pupils with SEND have equal access to all activities available to all pupils in the school?

  • We provide alternative curriculum pathways that suit student's abilities and aspirations.
  • We ensure a greater focus on improving reading, writing, communication and mathematics.
  • We are proud of our wider curriculum opportunities that enhance students understanding of the world Learning.
  • When required, learning is supported by Teaching Assistants in the classroom.
  • Targeted children receive additional intervention as part of the Support for Learning literacy and numeracy programme.
  • Our curriculum has innovative pathways to meet complex needs in both key stages.

What additional support for learning is available to children with SEND?

  • Evidence-based intervention for numeracy, literacy, emotional resilience and social communication.
  • Deployed Teaching Assistants working alongside children in mainstream lessons.
  • Support from external agencies.
  • Emotional, behavioural and social support from the Pastoral Team.

What activities are available for children with SEND?

  • Homework club for all students takes place in the library every day during lunch time and after school. 
  • There is no trip, extra-curricular club, subject, rewards system or location in school to which SEND students would not have access.

How do we consult with and involve parents and pupils?

  • An annual provision review in which all stakeholders are invited to discuss the strengths and areas for development of the SEN department.
  • SEND / Departmental presence at Parent Consultation Evenings.
  • Keyworkers liaise with parents as and when required.
  • EHCP annual reviews.
  • Parental meetings and updates when required and as necessary.

How is expertise secured in relation to those working with children that have a SEND?

We recognised the importance of having a highly skilled Support for Learning Team who work intensively with specific children. A strong and experienced team of support staff lead our work in this area and liaise closely with other staff and school leaders to get the very best out of students who face particular barriers to learning:

  • There is regular training, which is disseminated amongst staff
  • Specific training takes place across the support staff
  • Outreach work with external agencies supports the expertise that children access

How does the school’s equipment and facilities support children with SEND?

  • The sports hall features a dedicated lift that provides access to the whole building for students with disabilities.  The main building also includes a lift for students who need it and there are two chair lifts to access the Drama Studio and between the main school and the sports centre.
  • Chromebooks are available to support the learning of identified students.
  • Specialist equipment available for visually impaired students.
  • The SENDCo informs the Facilities Manager and staff, through the SEND Register, which students would need special assistance for any reason i.e. during an evacuation or other emergency. 

What are the arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEND, and involving such parents in, the education of their child?

  • In order to shape the provision for SEND students we work closely with parents to obtain their views, both prior to them attending Putteridge High School, in addition to regular consultation throughout their five years here.  
  • Home school liaison through various adults working with children that have SEND.
  • Relevant information about how parents can support their child at home. 

What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEND and involving them in their education?

  • The child is kept at the heart of everything we do; this means we will always seek the views of a child when discussing their education and provision.
  • Any decision regarding additional support or intervention is made with the child and their parents.
  • We involve the child in many wider areas of the school including the school council, the form tutor role and other leadership roles.

What support is in place for improving emotional and social development of pupils?

  • Specific members of the team who are trained Mental Health First Aiders.
  • Wellbeing days conducted by outside agencies delivered to all student in various year groups and wellbeing.
  • Social skills intervention sessions arranged for students identified as requiring further support.
  • Key workers are assigned to vulnerable SEND students in order to support them through school and liaise with parents where needed.
  • Fortnightly visits from assigned CAMHs liaison worker.
  • Student surveys completed to identify appropriate support for emotional / social development.

How do we support pupils moving between phases and preparing for adulthood?

  • Year 6 pre-transition day for any student who has SEND or is vulnerable in advance of the full Year 6 transition day.
  • Keyworkers assigned on the pre-transition day for identified students who will require additional support.
  • Newly assigned keyworkers visit students at Primary Schools prior to the summer break to support the transition process and build rapport.
  • Forward appropriate SEND information to post 16 education providers to enable a smooth transition.
  • Liaise with the Post-16 service at Luton Borough Council/SENAT to suitably make arrangements for EHCP students.

What is the expertise of staff and how do we train staff?

  • Specialist VI/Braillist TAs who work with our VI students and arrange their support/provision in school.
  • Trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • First Aid trained Teaching Assistants
  • CPD opportunities available for staff development.
  • Inclusive learning strategies shared on professional development days.

What are the arrangements relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of students with SEND concerning the provision made at the school?

The schools complaints policy can be found in the policy section of the schools website.

How do we involve external support services and voluntary organisations, in meeting the needs of children with SEND and in supporting the families of such children?

As part of our service level agreement with the Local Authority, we have access to a wide range of external services that specialise in specific SEND areas, this includes:

  • Speech and language therapist
  • Children and Mental Health Team
  • Autism Team
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Psychotherapist
  • SENAT

Who can you speak to with regards to SEND at Putteridge High School High School?

Every teacher will welcome discussions about your child and their SEND; however you may need to speak to specialists within the Support for Learning Team who work more closely with children that have SEND. Members of the Support for Learning Team may be contacted through our SEN Administrator bcollings@putteridgehigh.org.  You may also want to refer to the local authority information in the link above outlining what their expectations are in terms of the local offer.

Jeremy Heath - Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion and Safeguarding: jheath@putteridgehigh.org.

Becky Collings - SEN Admin Support: bcollings@putteridgehigh.org

A copy of our Special Education Needs and Disability Policy can be found by clicking here.