Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Proud winners of The National SEND Awards 2019 'Partnership with Parents' category.
Little Hill is honoured to announce that we are one of this years winners of the prestigious National SEND Awards. These awards celebrate good practice in inclusion for under 25s nationally and span primary, secondary, special school and alternative provision, as well as further education. A fantastic achievement to have been singled out in this way and gained such wide recognition.
Supporting pupils with additional needs at our school- Key principles:
A commitment to inclusivity
Little Hill Primary School is both welcoming and inclusive. Our aims for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are the same as for all of our pupils; to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, full participation and the highest quality of education. We understand the importance of making adjustments and personalisation of provision and building a picture based on the whole child.
We are a 'Rights Respecting School' and we embrace diversity.
Rights Respecting Article 23: 'A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life in conditions that promote dignity, independence and an active role in the community.'
Putting the child and family at the heart of our SEND processes
We have established a genuine culture of school, family, community and services working together. We actively encourage partnerships with parents, for instance through our parent and family forums for SEND issues. Our aim is to inform and involve parents as much as possible in school decision making and provide them with support, advice and access to services. Our parents appreciate this approach.
We believe in person centred learning and pupils are enabled to be active participants - expressing opinions, making choices and being involved in setting their targets. We are lucky to have a very dedicated staff team, all of whom view themselves as teachers of all pupils, including those with SEND.
Our school is immensely proud to have been selected as a contributor to both NASEN Connect magazine and the SEND Gateway, sharing our recognised good practice.
Our school SENDCo is Mrs Thea Roberts. She has a wealth of experience and expertise in SEND and is also a specialist advisory teacher, who supports other schools. She is a member of our senior leadership team. She can be contacted directly through the school office, Tel: 0116 2811963 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs Robert's role is dedicated to SEND and inclusion support and she is available in school on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
See the clip below for a link to Mrs Roberts explaining the SENCO role
Additional contacts for SEND can be found in the Useful Contacts link below.
SEND Parent Information Booklet (Report)- This is published on this website and can be found at the top of the attachments below. Our information booklet and school offers are a genuine joint effort. They are updated regularly after consultation with SEND parents, looking at different aspects of provision.
Local Authority Local Offer- Information about Leicestershire’s local offer regarding SEND can be found by clicking here: http://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/local-offer
Admissions procedures- Admission arrangements for children with special educational needs or disabilities follow our admissions policy found in the policy section of this website. Where a pupil has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) the SENDCo will always plan with the family and outside agencies prior to admission.
Accessibility Plan- Our school has an accessibility plan that outlines the steps we are continually taking to increase the extent that disabled pupils can participate fully in the school. Our plan and it's rationale can be viewed in the Accessibility Plan link below.
Avoiding discrimination - Our school has a clear understanding of its duties to ensure equality of access and avoid discrimination for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. We are a genuinely inclusive school, and we employ our best endeavours and make reasonable adjustments to ensure an individual’s needs are met. We are recognised as often going ‘above and beyond’ in these duties.
Complaints procedures- We do understand that there can be increased anxieties for families around supporting pupils with additional needs. However, we also recognise how important it is that every decision being made is always in the best interest of the individual child. We aim to resolve any difficulties in a respectful, fair and transparent way. More detailed information can also be found in our complaints policy found in the policy section of this website.