SEND

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) department provides opportunities and support for all students to reach their full potential in lessons. Qualified teaching assistants are available for extra help in lessons as well as the use of laptops and other equipment for those who need it.

All students are valued and encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability.

How does the school know if my child needs extra help?

  • If your child is transferring to Barnhill Community High and already has special educational needs, your primary school will inform the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Department at Barnhill.
  • There is planning between the schools and with parents/carers in Year 6 to support the student’s move from primary to secondary school.
  • On entry to the school, all students are screened on key cognitive skills, language skills and certain core academic skills. This system can pick up potential difficulties or areas of excellence at the earliest stage.
  • Some children do well at primary school but find the transition to secondary education more difficult. At Barnhill Community High, Year 7 students are closely monitored and any concerns are reported to the SEN Department or the Pastoral Team so that support can be coordinated promptly.
  • Parents are always welcome to contact Barnhill Community High to discuss any concerns they may have regarding their child.

What should I do if I think my child may have a special educational need or disability?

  • If you are concerned about your child’s abilities, the school will listen to your concerns, discuss them with you and agree on a plan that might only need light monitoring or might require assessment by specialist staff or external agencies.
  • You can contact the school by phone, letter, e-mail or fax (please see contact details on the home page of the school website).
  • It will be OK to contact the school through a family friend or professional translator if you feel more comfortable using a language other than English
  • If your child is still at primary school, talk to your child’s teacher there who can help you look at any issues and make links with Barnhill Community High to help prepare for the next year.

What is an EHCP?

An EHCP or an Education, Health and Care Plan is a legal document that identifies a child’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) and focusses on the support required to meet agreed outcomes. The key difference between a Statement of SEN and an EHCP is that, as well as the educational elements covered in statements, EHCPs also outline the child’s health and social care needs, outcomes and support.

How will I know if the school is supporting my child?

All students:

  • The school will always send you a letter to let you know if we are proposing to offer your child support that is additional to or different from what is already in place for all mainstream students.
  • Passport to Achievement Day and Parent Consultation Evenings are both opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs and to find out about support options.
  • Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor in order to make an appointment to discuss particular concerns as they arise.

Students with Statements and EHCPs:

  • Your child will have identified needs and an education plan in place from the time they start at Barnhill Community High. Allocated teaching assistant support and interventions will be in line with their educational objectives or outcomes. 
  • Your child will also be assigned a school based key worker to provide further support that could be on social, emotional level or general support to help cope with the day to day life at school.
  • Students will have an Annual Review of their progress and needs. This comes in the form of a full written school report in advance of a specially arranged face to face meeting between parents and staff. During this meeting, students, parents, staff and sometimes designated representatives from external agencies will have the chance to express their views about the progress being made and the provision they are receiving at school.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs? How are the school's resources allocated to these needs?

All students:

  • The school will always send you a letter to let you know if we are proposing to offer your child support that is additional to or different from what is already in place for all mainstream students.
  • Passport to Achievement Day and Parent Consultation Evenings are both opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs and to find out about support options.
  • Parents are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor in order to make an appointment to discuss particular concerns as they arise.

Students with Statements and EHCPs:

  • Your child will have identified needs and an education plan in place from the time they start at Barnhill Community High. Allocated teaching assistant support and interventions will be in line with their educational objectives or outcomes. 
  • Your child will also be assigned a school based key worker to provide further support that could be on social, emotional level or general support to help cope with the day to day life at school.
  • Students will have an Annual Review of their progress and needs. This comes in the form of a full written school report in advance of a specially arranged face to face meeting between parents and staff. During this meeting, students, parents, staff and sometimes designated representatives from external agencies will have the chance to express their views about the progress being made and the provision they are receiving at school.

What support is available if my child has either a medical need or physical disability?

Every child brings a unique pattern of strengths and areas of need to our community and the school aims to fulfil the potential of all students.

Support will be personalised to accommodate the individual needs of the student.

What specialist services and expertise are available at the school?

All Teaching Assistants receive regular Continuing Professional Development training and coaching for specific issues/ students, from the relevant specialists.

The school brings in additional expertise (assessment, staff training and intervention) from outside agencies, including:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • The Visual Impairment Team
  • The Hearing Impairment Team
  • Diagnostic Testing for Exam Access Arrangements

How will the school help me in supporting my child's learning?

It is vital that all students in our school feel valued, cared for, confident and supported.

Current SEN provision includes:

  • Assessment and identification of areas of difficulty through Initial screening
  • Reading Intervention
  • Numeracy Intervention
  • Literacy Support Intervention Programme
  • Speech and Language Therapy Support
  • Monitoring by external agencies of students with hearing impairment, visual impairments and physical difficulties.
  • In-class Teaching Assistant Support
  • Individual support
  • Supported Curriculum(Access)
  • Homework Club for any students requiring extra help
  • Lunchtime Social club for more vulnerable students
  • Exam Access arrangements
  • Input from an Educational Psychologist
  • Ensuring that the student knows who they can talk to if they have any worries
  • Screening for well-being
  • Students who have social, emotional and mental health issues or who develop them later on are offered additional measures to help them cope and encourage socialisation. 

What support will there be for my child's well-being?

It is vital that all students in our school feel valued, cared for, confident and supported.

Current SEN provision includes:

  • Assessment and identification of areas of difficulty through Initial screening
  • Reading Intervention
  • Numeracy Intervention
  • Literacy Support Intervention Programme
  • Speech and Language Therapy Support
  • Monitoring by external agencies of students with hearing impairment, visual impairments and physical difficulties.
  • In-class Teaching Assistant Support
  • Individual support
  • Supported Curriculum(Access)
  • Homework Club for any students requiring extra help
  • Lunchtime Social club for more vulnerable students
  • Exam Access arrangements
  • Input from an Educational Psychologist
  • Ensuring that the student knows who they can talk to if they have any worries
  • Screening for well-being
  • Students who have social, emotional and mental health issues or who develop them later on are offered additional measures to help them cope and encourage socialisation. 

How will the school help prepare my child for transfer to post-16 education?

  • All students will have at least one meeting with a member of staff from both Barnhill’s Careers Advisor. During this meeting students will have the chance to talk about different post-16 options.
  • Students may take part in programmes of work placement which will help prepare them for life post-16
  • Students will receive support with completing college applications.
  • School staff will liaise with work experience placements to ensure that their staff are aware of student needs.

Learning and Literacy

My child has difficulties with learning and literacy.

This can include:

  • Reading and spelling
  • Learning new information and concepts
  • Working with numbers
  • Working memory
  • Concentration
  • Students may have conditions such as Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia), general learning difficulties, ADHD, Fragile X, Down syndrome
  • Students may present with difficulties that do not have a specific title

What can Barnhill offer?

Support for targeted groups or individual support of students may include

  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEN practice).
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Access to homework support clubs.
  • Reading Interventions via teaching assistants.
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all students regardless of ability.
  • Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist).
  • Regular testing for students with literacy difficulties to review and plan.
  • Subject-specialist teaching assistants in key subjects to provide on-going support.
  • External agency advice where needed.
  • Exam Access Arrangements.
  • Post-16 transition support.

Sensory and / or Physical Needs

My child has sensory and/or physical needs.

This section covers students who have difficulties with:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Gross motor co-ordination
  • Fine motor co-ordination
  • Self-organisation for daily living
  • This includes conditions such as cerebral palsy, physical injury, Developmental Coordination Disorder (dyspraxia)

What does Barnhill Community High offer?

Support for targeted groups or individual support of students may include

  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEN practice)
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Amplification of sound for aid users where required.
  • School adheres to guidelines on physical access.
  • Access to homework support clubs.
  • Reading Intervention programmes.
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Dedicated and caring staff who value all students regardless of ability.
  • Personalised support plans.
  • Medical Care Plan
  • 1:1 Outside Agency support from appropriate professional.
  • Individual handwriting /fine motor/keyboard skills training.
  • Specialist equipment and materials, such as low vision aids and enlarged adapted resources.
  • Access to assistive technology, software, audio digital books and IPod applications.
  • Targeted TA support for complex medical needs, including practical support.
  • Exam Access Arrangements.

Speech, Language and Social Communication

My child has difficulties with Communication and Interaction.

This can include:

  • Understanding language.
  • Using language.
  • Understanding how to communicate socially with other people.
  • Conditions include: Specific Language Disorder, ASD/ASC (Autism), Asperger Syndrome, speech sound disorders/delay.
  • Stammering – advice given to families about how to access support from outside agencies.

What can Barnhill Community High offer?

Support for targeted groups or individual support of students may include

  • Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice).
  • Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
  • Access to homework support club
  • Reading Intervention Programme.
  • Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
  • Small group/individual sessions run by teaching assistants who have been trained by the Speech and Language Therapist.
  • Pre and post Module skills assessment and results in the form of a written report from the Speech Therapist.
  • Post module feedback to student, parents and staff.
  • In-class Teaching Assistant support in some lessons.
  • 1:1 session with a speech and language therapist.
  • Annual Review meeting for students with an EHCP or statement.
  • Exam access arrangements.
  • Transition support between Key Stages.
  • Post-16 transition support.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

My Child has difficulties with social, emotional health or mental health.

This section includes all those young people who experience short but significant periods of high anxiety, stress, distress or anger that affect their education.

It also includes young people who have a range of longer-term recognised mental health conditions.

For both groups, issues can include:

  • Forming and maintaining relationships
  • Bereavement
  • Attitudes to attainment
  • Attendance
  • Self-esteem
  • Life outside school