SEND Information Report
Lakenheath is a fully inclusive school and we always endeavour to do our best for all of our children. We are committed to welcoming children of all abilities into our community and helping them reach their full potential through a wide and varied curriculum and individual support programmes where needed. All of our teachers are teachers of children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They all follow the school’s SEND policy and know about ways in which their classroom organisation and their teaching may need to be individually tailored to accommodate children with a wide range of additional needs and disabilities.
At different times in their school journey, a child or young person may have a special educational need.
The Code of Practice defines SEN as: “A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.’ A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: (a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or (b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.” To view the whole SEN Code of Practice document please follow the link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25
Identification of SEND
If a learner is identified as having SEND, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school or they may have attended many different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may be worried about different things that distract them from learning or they may have a specific barrier, which means they need support to access the learning provided. At Lakenheath, we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities and for those who are at risk of not learning and making the desired progress, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEND. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.
Our current SEND profile for 2023-24 shows that we have 18 % on the (47 Children) SEND register 4 % have an EHCP (10 children) The SEND register gives an overview of children who receive additional support at different levels.
Each learner identified as having SEND is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a differentiated curriculum that other children without SEND receives. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs and is intended to enable access to learning which overcomes the barrier to learning identified. Our provision map shows the provision we make for our SEND pupils. Please see the provision map below.
All children with SEND have a support plan which outlines their SMART targets. This document identifies the child’s strengths and needs, and also the strategies needed to support the child. These are shared with the child and their parents and reviewed and monitored every 8 weeks..
Assessment of SEND
Class teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Lakenheath we ensure that assessment of educational needs directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and their teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning.
For some learners, we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. We follow Suffolk County Council's 'Graduated Response' document to ensure we have followed and implemented the right approaches to supporting our children. Please see link to Graduated response document below;
Who to contact at Lakenheath Community Primary School
Enquiries about an individual child’s progress should be addressed at first to the class teacher since he or she is the person who knows the child best. Other enquiries can be addressed to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators Miss Molly Mullings and Mrs Christa Page - who can be contacted using the 'get in touch details' shown at the bottom of the page. The Governor with particular responsibility for SEND is Rachel Bacon. We also have a Parent Support Worker (Mrs June Fox) who, although her work does not specifically focus on SEN, is always willing to listen to any of your concerns and problems and can provide some initial advice or point you in the right direction. The school forms part of Suffolk’s local offer which can be accessed at http://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/localoffer.page
Our SEND Policy can be found here.