SEND Information Report
What kind of SEN provision does Bantock provide?
Bantock Primary School has 41 SEND pupils, of which 3 has a Education and Health Care Plan.
We have trained staff who have experience of working with children with a range of additional needs such as autism, speech and language difficulties and social/emotional difficulties.
How does Bantock Primary know if children need extra help?
Children who may have Special Educational Needs are identified by staff if the progress they are making in school does not match that of their peers in spite of quality teaching and support. Progress is monitored and reviewed every six weeks.
What should I do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs?
Inquiries about an individual child's progress should be addressed at first to the class teacher since he or she is the person who knows the child best. Other enquiries can be addressed to the SENCo.
How will I know how Bantock Primary will support my child?
We believe that all children learn best with the rest of their class. Our aim is for all children to be working independently, in class, at the cusp of their potential. Children with SEN and disabilities are entitled to be taught by their teacher, not always by a TA. Teachers aim to spend time each day working with all children with SEN, individually or as part of a group.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?
All pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced relevant curriculum including the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, National Curriculum and Primary Strategy, as appropriate to their key stage and stage of development. These are the routes by which entitlement is met and access for all pupils is secured.
The range of resources and teaching strategies within the school are identified on the school's Provision Map.
How will I know how well my child is doing?
We aim to have good and informative relationships with all of our parents. If a child is experiencing difficulties, parents will be informed either at parents' meetings (termly) or during informal meetings to discuss the child's progress. It shouldn't come as a surprise to a parent to learn that their child is being identified as having SEN.
How will you help me to support my child's learning?
Once a child has been identified as having SEN, the class teacher will invite the parents to a meeting to:
• formally let them know that their child is being placed at SENS
• discuss assessments that have been completed
• agree a plan and provision for the next term.
Records are kept of these meetings and copies are available to parents. Thereafter, parents – and children- are invited to a meeting at least each term to review progress made, set targets and agree provision for the next term. In the summer term, there is an annual report of the child's progress.
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?
All children's behaviour is responded to consistently in line with our Behaviour Policy, although reasonable adjustments are made to accommodate individual needs.
The school has a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, especially towards children with SEND and disabilities. We will actively investigate all allegations and, if there is cause, work with both the bully and the victim to improve their social skills.
What Specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
The SENCO has a library of Outreach services available to meet specific needs of children with SEN.
What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
All of our teachers are trained to work with children with SEN. Some are very experienced, and others less so, but all have access to advice, information, resources and training to enable them to teach all children effectively. We offer training and self-help opportunities through access to in-house or LA courses, provision of books or guidance towards useful websites.
The role of the SENCo is part of the Deputy Head's duties and for this reason he has completed the National SENCo Award.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All of our children have equal access to lunchtime and after school clubs which develop engagement with the wider curriculum. Where necessary, we make accommodation and adaptation to meet the physical and learning needs of our children. Class trips are part of our curriculum and we aim for all children to benefit from them. No child is excluded from a trip because of SEN, disability or medical needs.
How will the school prepare and support my child when joining Bantock Primary School or transferring to a new school?
Prospective children in each year group visit their new class in the summer term experiencing a range of activities that support their emotional and social development. We work closely with our local secondary schools to ensure a positive and effective transition for the children in Year 6 as they move into Year 7.
How are the school's resources allocated and matched to children's Special Educational Needs?
The SEN budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual's needs.
How will I be involved in discussions about and planning for my child's education?
All parents are encouraged to contribute and take an active role in their child's education. This may be through:
Who will I contact for further information?
If you wish to discuss your child's Special Educational Need or want to speak to a member of staff, the school can be contacted on 01902 558710.
Head Teacher: Mrs H. Sarai
Deputy Head/SENCo: Mr J. Thomas
Alternatively, you can find more information on the Wolverhampton SEND page, www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/SEND.