- Young Minds:
YoungMinds are a charitable organisation who work with the Children and Adolescents Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to provide support, advice and counselling to young people experiencing depression, anxiety, bullying and eating difficulties. They offer a parent helpline for parents and carers worried about their children's mental wellbeing.
Their parental helpline can be reached through 0808 802 5544.
- Family Fund: Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, we provided 88,407 grants or services worth over £33 million to families across the UK.
- Evelina Community Speech and Language Therapy Service: We provide speech and language therapy services to children and young people across Lambeth and Southwark.
CLICK HERE to view our SEND Report (updated September 2022).
Further information can be obtained by contacting the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENDco): Mrs Coombs.
This section of the website provides information for Parents and Carers on how we support pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. All schools are required to publish this information as part of the SEND Code of Practice.
This report complies with section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014 and regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
The Local Authority also publishes a Local Offer of SEND services available on it’s website. Lambeth Local Offer can be found at: www.lambeth.gov.uk/localoffer
Who are the special Special Educational Needs Team
Special Education Needs Coordinators: Rebecca Coombs
Headteacher: Cordelia Cooper
Executive Headteacher: Christopher Toye
Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs and/or disability (SEND) and how can I talk to them about my child if I need to?
Your child's class teacher is recommended as the first point of contact if you have any concerns and is fully involved in any support offered and makes the decision, in conjunction with the parents, on the type of support and interventions.
Your child's class teacher is responsible for:
- Ensuring that all children have access to good/outstanding teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to meet your child’s individual needs (also known as personalisation or differentiation).
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support, adapting resources etc.) and discussing amendments with the SENCO as necessary.
- Writing Individual Education Plans (IEP) when necessary, sharing and reviewing these with parents at least once each term.
- Making sure that all members of staff working with your child in school are aware of your child’s individual needs and/or conditions and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable them to be included and make progress.
- Making sure that all staff working with your child in school are supported in delivering the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
- Making sure that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
Contacted by: Speaking to them at the end of a school day or telephoning the school to arrange an appointment.
The Special Educational Needs Coodinator (SENCO)
The SENCO is responsible for:
- Coordinating all the support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school. Working with the class teacher to ensure that you are:
- Fully involved in supporting your child’s learning
- Kept informed about the support your child is receiving
- Fully involved in reviewing how they are progressing
- Fully involved in planning your child’s support.
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning, for example: Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist.
- Updating the school’s SEND provision map (a system for ensuring all the special educational, physical and sensory needs of pupils in this school are known, understood and met) and ensuring that there are records of your child’s needs and progress.
- Providing support and organising training for teachers and support staff in the school so they are aware and confident about how to meet the needs of pupils with SEND and help them achieve their potential.
- Supporting your child’s class teacher to write Individual Education Plans (IEP) when needed, that specify the targets set for your child to achieve.
- Preparing and reviewing an Education, Health and Care Plan where needed.
Contacted by: Telephoning the school to make an appointment or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Headteacher is responsible for:
- The day-to-day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND. S/he delegates responsibility to the SENCO and teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met and that they make the best possible progress.
- Making sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about all issues in the school relating to SEND.
Contacted by: Telephoning the school for an appointment
The Executive Headteacher is responsible for:
- Overseeing the provision and delegates the management of the School.
Contacted by: Telephoning the school for an appointment.
The SEND governor is responsible for:
- Making sure that the school has an up to date SEND Policy
- Making sure that the school has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school
- Making sure that the school’s SEN funding is appropriately spent.
- Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.
Making visits to understand and monitor the support given to children with SEND in the school and being part of the process to ensure your child achieves his/her potential in school.
Contacted by: Writing to the SEN Governor via the school office.
What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in our school and who can get this kind of support?
Class teacher input via excellent targeted classroom teaching also known as Quality First Teaching.
For your child this would mean:
- That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
- That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
- Different ways of teaching are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning or providing additional resources adapted for your child.
- Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCO or outside professionals) are in place to support your child to learn.
- Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has gap in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.
This type of support is available for all children in school as a part of excellent classroom practice.
Specific group work with in a smaller group of children.
Where the class teacher and the school SENCO, on the basis of high quality evidence conclude that a pupil needs the additional targeted support. These groups, often called Intervention groups by schools, may be run in the classroom or outside by a teacher or a Teaching Assistant who has had training to run these groups.
For your child this would mean:
- Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to close the gap between your child and their peers.
- The class teacher will plan interventions to support your child’s learning. These interventions will have clear targets to help your child make more progress.
- Interventions may include small group work or individual sessions on a specific theme. These may be organised by a phase team leader, the Deputy Head or the SENDCo
This type of support is available for children who have specific gaps in their understanding of a subject/area of learning.
Specialist groups or placements run by outside agencies
These may be from:
- Local Authority central services such as the Autism Advisory Service or Sensory Service ( for students with a hearing or visual need)
- Other settings which support specific needs, such as the Kennington Park Academy for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
- Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service.
For your child this would mean:
- Your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENCO (or you will have raised your worries) as needing more specialist input instead of or in addition to quality first teaching and intervention groups.
- You will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward.
- You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional e.g a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them better in school.
- The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations:
- Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
- Support to set better targets which will include their specific expertise
- A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g a social skills group
- A group or individual work with an outside professional
- A placement in a specialist setting for an agreed period of time
- The school may suggest that your child needs some individual support in school. We will tell you how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place.
- You will always be involved in decisions about how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place.
- You will be provided with the contact details for any agencies or services outside the school who are or will work with your child.
- The school makes its best endeavours to put in place the support identified in the plan.
- The progress your child makes with the support identified will be regularly reviewed and the provision may be changed according to the progress your child makes.
This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.
Support provided through an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
This means your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENCO as needing a particularly higher level of individual and small group support which cannot be provided from the resources already delegated to the school.
Usually, if your child requires this high level of support they may also need specialist support in school from professionals outside the school. This may be from:
Local Authority central services such as the Autism Advisory Service or Sensory Services (for students with a hearing or visual need) and/or outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service, Occupational Therapy service, Physiotherapy and/or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
What it means for you and your child:
- If, despite the support that the school has provided from its own resources to enable your child to make progress, your child needs further or more specialist input, the school, or you, can recommend that the Local Authority makes a statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This is a legal process and you can find full details about this in the Local Authority (LA) based Local Offer, Lambeth web site at https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeths-send-local-offer
- This is done in full partnership with you and your child. After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), the LA will decide whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), are sufficient to need a statutory assessment.
- If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report, to which your child contributes, outlining your child’s needs and how they will be met and the long and short term outcomes that are being sought.
- If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue with the SEN Support in School and provide further support to you and the school to ensure your child’s needs are met.
- After the reports have all been sent in, an EHC Plan to which you and your child will contribute will be prepared. It is called and Education Health and Care Plan because it brings together all of the educational health and social care needs that your child may have in one plan.
- The school must make its best endeavours to put in place the support identified in the plan.
- The progress your child makes with the support identified will be regularly reviewed and the provision may be changed according to the progress your child makes.
This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are more severe, complex and potentially lifelong.
How will we support your child with identified SEND starting school?
If your child has been allocated a place in our school by the local authority and they have a SEND, please contact us as soon as you receive the offer as we may not have details of their needs at this stage.
We will invite you to visit the school with your child to look around and meet staff.
If other professionals are involved, a meeting may be held to discuss your child’s needs, share strategies used, and ensure provision is put in place before your child starts
The SENCO and/or Early Years Foundation Stage manager may make a home visit and also visit your child if they are attending another provision or school; this will automatically happen if your child is starting in the Nursery class.
We may suggest adaptations to the settling in period to help your child to settle more easily, but these will be agreed with you.
Following the settling in period, the class teacher will arrange a meeting with you to review your child’s learning and progress.
How can I let the school know I am concerned about my child’s progress in school?
- If you have any concerns we recommend you speak to your child’s class teacher initially, and at the earliest opportunity.
- If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and feel that your child is still not making progress you should speak to the SENCO or Headteacher.
- If you feel that your concerns are still not resolved you should speak to the Executive Head and ultimately to the SEND Governor.
How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?
When a teacher or you have raised concerns about your child’s progress, and high quality personalised teaching has not met your child’s needs, the teacher will raise this with the SENCO. If you have raised the concern the school will invite you in to discuss it and plan a way forward.
- The teacher will discuss your child’s needs and progress with you at our termly parents’ evenings when you will be informed of your child’s progress and any additional support being given.
- Schools also have regular meetings between each class teachers and a senior staff member in the school to ensure all children are making good progress.
- If your child is then identified as not making progress the school will make a decision about whether to monitor this or set up an intervention group and will inform you. These groups may take place for a short period or over a longer period of time.
If your child is still not making expected progress the school will discuss with you:
- Any concerns you may have
- Any further interventions or referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning
- How we could work together, to support your child at home/school.
Who are the other people providing services to children with an SEN in this school?
Directly funded by the school:
- Additional Speech and Language Therapy input
- Additional Educational Psychology input.
- 1:1 or small group teachers or tutors/support staff
Paid for centrally by the Local Authority but delivered in school:
- Lambeth Autism Advisory Service
- Educational Psychology Service for statutory services
- Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
- Speech and Language Therapy (provided by Health but paid for by the Local Authority).
- Occupational Therapy
- Professional training for school staff to deliver medical interventions
- Parent Advisory Service (to support families through the SEN processes and procedures).
- Provided and paid for by the Health Service:
- School Nurse
- Occupational Therapy
- Community Paediatrician
- Voluntary Agencies
- National Autistic Society
The Lambeth Local Offer Web site contains full information, including contact details, of the services available to children, young people and their families under the Lambeth Local Offer. https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/lambeths-send-local-offer
How are the adults in school helped to work with children with an SEND and what training do they have?
The SENCO’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEN and to coordinate and liaise with all parties to ensure that interventions tailored to your child needs are in place.
- The SENDCo has completed and received the National Award for SENCOs
- Lambeth Autism Advisory Service provide support and advice
- All staff receives training and support relating to special educational needs.
- Early Years Support assistants have completed Makaton training
- Support assistants who are assigned to pupils with a “statement of educational need” or an “educational health care plan” receive training in relation to the child’s specific need.
- The Speech and Language Therapist regularly supports and advises teachers and teaching assistants in how best to support those pupils with a language difficulty.
How will the teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?
- Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs and abilities of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that activities are adapted to enable your child to access their learning as independently as possible.
- Teaching Assistants can support the delivery of the teachers differentiated planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
- Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually, in groups and as part a whole class, so that they can learn effectively, and where necessary to be included in the full life of the school. These will be included in your child’s IEP.
- Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child’s learning needs and increase your child’s access to what is on offer.
- Specially trained support staff can implement the teachers modified/adapted planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
- Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually, and in groups and in the classroom so that they can learn most effectively, and where necessary to be included in the full life of the school. These will be included in your child’s learning plan.
How will we measure the progress of your child in school and how will you know about this?
Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher.
- Progress is reviewed formally every term.
- At the end of each key stage (i.e. at the end of year 2 and year 6) all children are formally assessed using Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). This is something the government requires all schools to do and are the results that are published nationally.
- Some children with SEND will have an IEP which is reviewed every term. New targets are discussed with you and set for the next term.
- The progress of children with an EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults, including parents, involved with the child’s education.
- The SENCO will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual learning and in any group that they take part in.
- A range of ways will be used to keep you informed, which may include:
- Home/school communication book
- Letters/certificates sent home
- Additional meetings as required
- Annual Reviews
- End of Year Reports
What support do we have for you as a parent of child with SEND?
The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used. Please see your child’s teacher at the end of the day or ask in the school office to make an appointment.
The SENCO is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.
All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you by the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report. The SENCO will also arrange to meet with you to discuss any new assessments and ideas suggested by outside agencies for your child.
If your child has an IEP, it will be reviewed with your involvement each term.
A home/school contact book may be used to support communication with you, when this has been agreed to be useful for you and your child.
- We regularly hold workshops for parents of all children in the school, for example in relation to reading, phonics or maths. We will be happy to discuss any necessary adaptations for your child.
- The IEPs may include ideas for how you can support your child at home, following the discussion with you.
- The external professionals involved with your child will be happy to meet with you on request.
- Our newsletter often includes ideas of ways in which you can support your child with learning; these are often practical ideas and can be easily adapted to suit the needs of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
- We will be happy to meet with you and discuss how to best support your child to enable them to reach their potential.
- If your child is undergoing statutory assessment for an EHC Plan you will also be supported by the Children’s Services SEN Team. They will ensure that you fully understand the process.
How is our school accessible to children with SEND?
We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
- The school has staff trained to suit children with a range of needs.
- The specialised provisions provide space for the identified needs for children with these difficulties e.g. workstations for children with Autism or Speech and Language Needs.
- After school provision is accessible to all children including those with SEND.
- Extracurricular activities are accessible for children with SEND.
- We keep a record of all children’s medical needs and ensure that all staff involved are aware of these needs and knows the procedures.
- If you have a specific concern please make contact with the SENCO who will be able to inform you what provision can be put in place.
How will we support your child when they are leaving this school or moving on to another class?
We recognise that ‘moving on’ can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. If your child is moving to another school:
- We will talk with your child to identify how they are feeling about the move and discuss with them how to make it as positive an experience as possible.
- We will contact the new school’s SENCO and ensure s/he knows about any special arrangements or support that needs to be made for your child.
- Where possible we will support a visit to the new school in advance of the move.
- We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
When moving classes in school:
- You will be invited to meet with the new teacher.
- Information will be passed on to the new class teacher and a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher. All relevant SEN documentation for your child will be shared with the new teacher.
- If your child would be helped by a transition book to support them then it will be provided.
In Year 6:
- Our SENCO will liaise with the SENCO of your child’s secondary school to discuss the specific needs of your child.
- Focused learning about aspects of transition takes place in year 6 to support understanding of the changes ahead.
- As part of the transition process, your child will usually be invited by their new school to visit on several occasions and in many cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school. The SENCO and class teacher will support this process.