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FAQs

What are Special Educational Needs? 

This means that a child either:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age. At All Saints', any child who is a year or more behind their peers in one or more area would be considered as having special educational needs.
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities normally provided for children of the same age in schools.

Who are the school’s SEND Key Personnel? 

The most important person in supporting your child is their Class Teacher, who will be happy to meet with you should you have any concerns. They will also host three IEP meetings per year when the child, yourself, the teacher and sometimes, support staff, will write and review the IEP.

SENDCO – Marina Cresswell marinac1@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.jun.uk

Deputy Head teacher – Isabel Webb isabelw13@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.sch.uk

Head teacher – Hazel Henson hazelh@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.sch.uk

How will I know if my child has been recognised as having special needs? 

Your child’s class teacher will inform you straight away if the school monitoring systems highlights that a child has been identified has having special educational needs.

What do I do if I think my child has Special Educational Needs? 

If you think your child has special educational needs then please firstly arrange a meeting with your child’s class teacher.

If you require further assistance or information then arrange a meeting with Marina Cresswell, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO), or Hazel Henson, the Head Teacher. They will receive your concerns sympathetically and discuss the issues you raise.

Who supports children with SEND at All Saints'? 

All Saints' Junior School firmly believes in providing Quality Teaching First within the classroom, delivered by the class teacher. Each class has access to a teaching assistant for part of every day, who may offer support or will teach the larger group whilst the teacher supports some groups. Where that does not meet the needs of a pupil, the pupil may be withdrawn for small group work or 1:1 support.

Will my child be withdrawn from class for extra support? 

All Saints' Junior School firmly believes in providing Quality Teaching First within the classroom, delivered by the class teacher. Each class has access to a teaching assistant for part of every day, who may offer support or will teach the larger group whilst the teacher supports some groups. Where that does not meet the needs of a pupil, the pupil may be withdrawn for small group work or 1:1 support.

Who is responsible for my child’s learning? 

Your child’s class teacher has ultimate responsibility for their learning.

What is an IEP? 

IEP stands for Individual Education Plan. It is a plan or programme designed for children with SEND to help them to get the most out of their education. An IEP builds on the curriculum that a child is following and sets out the strategies being used to meet that child’s specific needs.

An IEP is a teaching and learning plan and should set out targets and actions for the child that are different from or additional to those that are in place for the rest of the class.

An IEP should contain "targets", "provisions" and "outcomes". It should note 3 or 4 short-term targets set for or by the child, the teaching strategies to be used to achieve those targets, the provision that will be put in place, say when the plan is to be reviewed and identify outcomes which show the child’s progress against his/her previous targets.

Information contained in the IEP may include:

  • Any opinions, likes, dislikes or anxieties that the child may have concerning their education
  • Assessment information that shows the ability of the child at the start of the IEP
  • Details of any other educational plans the child may have
  • Details of how the IEP will be co-ordinated
  • Details of the child’s additional support needs
  • Details of who will be providing the support
  • Home-based tasks
  • Information and timescales for reviewing the IEP
  • Targets that the child is expected to achieve within a specified period of time
  • The child’s details, including when SEND support was originally started.

You will be involved in planning for and meeting your child's special educational needs. If your child is placed on SEND Register they will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which will give targets to achieve and how these will be achieved. Both you and your child will contribute to the IEP and will have a copy of it. Your child's progress should be monitored and the IEP reviewed on a regular basis. Whilst reviews are carried informally on an on-going basis, formal reviews take place on a termly basis. You will always be asked for your views and invited to take part in the reviews.

If the school feel that the child's needs cannot be met by our resources and the resources available to us from the support services, we will talk to you about requesting the Local Education Authority (LEA) to carry out a statutory assessment.

What is an Education & Healthcare Plan (EHCP)? 

An education, health and care (EHC) plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support. As well as covering the educational provision for the child, it also covers non-educational provision such as healthcare and social care provision.

An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of EHC needs assessment. At the end of that process, the local authority has to make a decision, either to issue an EHC Plan or not.

You can ask your local authority to carry out an assessment if you think your child needs an EHC plan.

A request can also be made by:

  • anyone at your child’s school
  • a doctor
  • a health visitor
  • a nursery worker

A local authority has 6 weeks to decide whether or not to carry out an EHC assessment.

If they decide to carry out an assessment you may be asked for:

  • any reports from your child’s school
  • doctors’ assessments of your child
  • a letter from you about your child’s needs

You’ll usually find out within 16 weeks whether or not an EHC plan is going to be made for your child.

Find out more about EHC here

If my child has special educational needs does this mean that they require an Education & Healthcare Plan (EHCP)? 

No. Generally the needs of the majority of children identified with SEND can be met within the school or services that can be provided within the school.

You can ask your local authority to carry out an assessment if you think your child needs an EHC plan.

A request can also be made by:

  • anyone at your child’s school
  • a doctor
  • a health visitor
  • a nursery worker

A local authority has 6 weeks to decide whether or not to carry out an EHC assessment.

If they decide to carry out an assessment you may be asked for:

  • any reports from your child’s school
  • doctors’ assessments of your child
  • a letter from you about your child’s needs

You’ll usually find out within 16 weeks whether or not an EHC plan is going to be made for your child.

If my child has special educational needs will they have to go to a special school? 

Only a small percentage of children with special educational needs will need to attend a special school. In the majority of cases children can continue in mainstream schools where they will receive the extra support they need to meet their special educational needs.

What do I do if I have a complaint about how my child’s needs are being addressed? 

The first point of contact is your child’s class teacher who will be happy to meet with you should you have any concerns.

If you  don’t feel that  your concerns have been addressed by the class teacher then you can contact the list of people below

SENDCO – Marina Cresswell marinac1@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.jun.uk

Deputy Head teacher – Isabel Webb isabelw13@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.sch.uk

Head teacher – Hazel Henson hazelh@allsaints-jun.derbyshire.sch.uk

What is the school’s policy on SEND? 

It is our belief that each child’s potential should be developed to the full and that all children should be equally valued and given access to a broad and balanced education.

Our SEND policy describes the way that we meet the needs of children who experience barriers to their learning, which may relate to sensory or physical impairment, learning difficulties or emotional or social development, or may relate to factors in their environment, including the learning environment that they experience in school.

The school SEND policy can be viewed in the policy section of this website

Can I see the annual SEND Report to Parents & Governors? 

The school annual SEND Report to Parents & Governors can be viewed here

Who can I talk to outside of the school? 

Sometimes you need to talk to another person to find out what support is out there, or to help you deal with a worry or concern.

What is the Local Offer? 

The Local Offer is a central service provided by Derbyshire to help people find out about a range of services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).

The information can be accessed in several ways:

What is the SEND Code of Practice? 

This statutory code is issued by law that schools must follow it unless there’s a good reason not to. It explains the duties of schools to provide: reasonable adjustments for children identified as having SEND and/or disabilities. 

Address

All Saints' CE Junior School
Hurds Hollow
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3LA

Schoool Business Manager: Mr P Clark
School Business Officer: Mrs J. Leech

Telephone

01629 583949

Email

info-jun@allsaintsfed.derbyshire.sch.uk