At Aldworth School we are committed to giving all of our students every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards and become equipped for life by taking account of students’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children, reminding them how important it is for them to ‘go further’. We strive to be a fully inclusive school, and actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude students. The achievements, attitudes and wellbeing of all our students matter.
Students at Aldworth School have a range of difficulties including Communication and Interaction; Cognition and Learning; Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and Sensory or Physical difficulties. Within the school we cater for a wide variety of special needs and all students are taught in mainstream classes. We add support into classes rather than removing students from lessons wherever possible.
How are pupils with SENd needs identified at Aldworth?
Children are identified as having SEND when they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children the same age, or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of education facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Local Authority (SEND Regulations 2014).
A reading test is administered early in the Academic year to the new intake. A students reading age, together with data from KS2, is used to assess potential and assist curriculum planning. This screening gives an overall illustration of immediate concerns. Additional testing may be carried out if a students reading age is 4 or more years lower than their chronological age.Using the information gained, together with observations, previous educational history, knowledge of health etc. those pupils for whom it is appropriate are listed on the SEND register and provision made.
How is pupil progress monitored?
What extra provision is made for pupils with SEND?
Strong links exist between Aldworth School and other external agencies and teams. For high needs pupils with an Educational Health Care Plan, we are able to access additional support from the Educational Psychologist, ASD specialist teachers and SEND Teacher Advisors. We also have strong links with The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Social Services, the Child Health team, the Police, and the Primary Care Trust. We liaise closely with Hampshire Children’s Services Specialist Teaching Service who provide specialist support for children with specific needs e.g. Hearing Impaired (HI), Visually Impaired (VI) or children with Physical Disabilities (PD). We also have good working relationships with specialist Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT). For students with a Physical Disability we are able to utilise support from a team of Physiotherapists who work closely with the school, and our students and staff.
Expertise from all these professionals is drawn upon as and when necessary and we meet with external agencies regularly to ensure we are accessing the best support for all our students.
How are staff trained to support pupils with SEND?
Staff receive regular training throughout the year, to support students with SEND.
How are parents kept informed about pupil progress?
Parents receive regular report throughout the year, informing them of their child’s progress.
In the case of students with an EHCP, the annual review will give additional information to parents and involve them in further planning where applicable and the financing will be reviewed by the LA.The SENDCo encourages families to contact her if they are concerned about their child’s progress.
How are pupils involved in decisions about provision?
How are additional services accessed by Aldworth?
The School is able to access services through the Local Authority. These include:-
- The Education Inclusion Service (EIS) and Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service (EMTAS) and English Additional Language (EAL) support.
- The School reviews the purchase of additional services through Service Level Agreements (SLAs) annually. Currently the School engages additional services from the Local Authority, Educational Psychology Service and Basingstoke Consortium Careers support.
- The School also has support from the School Nursing Service, Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Social Services and other professionals.
The SENDCo works closely with families to ensure that all students are able to access the most appropriate support for their needs. If you are unhappy with the level of support your child is receiving please contact the SENDCo directly to discuss your concerns.
The School is committed to resolving any concerns as quickly and as effectively as possible. If you still have concerns following a discussion with the SENDCo you can request a copy of the complaints procedure. The full procedure is detailed in the School Complaints Policy (available on request).