Special Educational Needs
Camp Hill is an inclusive school. We believe that all children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, must have their needs addressed and that they should have the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced education. It is important to consider the views of children and that their opinions will be taken into account. Furthermore, we understand the vital role that parents have in supporting their children’s education and actively seek to foster good home-school liaison.
SEN Information Report
The following paragraphs are a summary of some of the key aspects of the report on our SEN Policy and how it is implemented. The full report can be accessed here along with our full SEN Policy, within our policies page.
We cater for a wide range of Special Educational Needs, providing appropriate support as identified through a range of strategies. Progress of students with Special Educational Needs is monitored regularly.
Birmingham Local Offer
The Birmingham Local Authority Local SEND Offer can be accessed here and we hope you find everything you need to meet your child’s Special Educational Needs.
SENCO & Inclusion Coordinator
The school has a designated Deputy Head Teacher, Ms L. Maginnis, with management responsibility for special needs. The school has an Inclusion Coordinator (SEN) who is responsible for:
- The day to day implementation of the school’s SEN policy
- Coordinating provision for pupils with special needs
- Maintaining a SEN record and overseeing the records of identified students
- Liaising with and advising staff, contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with and advising parents/guardians including the reviews of registered students
- Liaising with and advising external agencies, liaising with the school’s Learning Mentor.
Parents can contact the Form Tutor or Miss Orr (Inclusion Coordinator) or Ms Maginnis (Deputy Head) via the school website (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (0121 444 2150) as needed.
Assess - Plan - Do - Review
In addition to the normal school report systems, parents of our SEN students have the opportunity to attend a meeting (Autumn Term) with the Inclusion Coordinator and their child to formalise SEN specific targets and associated strategies as well as attend review meetings at an agreed date to discuss and review progress and next steps. There are regular opportunities to engage with the Inclusion Coordinator to review progress and set new targets if there are new barriers to progress or if your child is not making expected progress. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss progress with teachers at Parents’ Evening, telephone or email to individual teachers.
Students play a pivotal role in the development of their Pupil Profile. They attend all the meetings (initial and review) and are asked to contribute their thoughts and feelings regarding their needs and the intervention/support. All reflections on the provision in place is centred around the student; this is alongside subject specific discussions with teaching staff. Students have several opportunities in different forums, including Tutor Day, Form monitoring and Form Council to express their views and opinions about all aspects of their school life.
If any occasion arises where a parent or guardian feels the need to express a concern they should contact the Inclusion Coordinator (SEN) in the first instance. If it is not possible to resolve concerns at this level then concerns should be expressed in writing to Mrs. L. Johnson, Head Teacher with a copy to the link Governor for SEN, Mr. Kinkhabwala (addressed to the school). Procedures for further escalation are in the full report.
Useful Contacts and advice pages
SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is primarily concerned with ensuring that parents, children and young people have easy access to comprehensive, quality and impartial advice to ensure that they are able to properly participate in all education, health and other care decisions.
The following useful websites may also be of assistance.
Other useful contacts
Students with SEN are offered the same opportunities as all students and the necessary, reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that all activities are inclusive. Please see our website for the lists of activities which are updated regularly.
Support during COVID-19 lockdown
There is also information for parents on the Local Offer Website.