Here is an FAQ for SEND. Hopefully, this will answer all of your questions. If you have more please contact Whitney Plant, our SEND Leader or Sophie Blackburn, our Deputy SEND Leader
If you are concerned about your child’s language, please ask to speak to the Enhanced Speech and Language Therapist.
If you are interested in finding out about more about SEND at Shireland Hall, please download the SEND information report from the website.
Take part in Child Conferences
Attend review meetings (where appropriate)
Suggest possible targets and next steps
Suggest how the school can better provide for their needs
Be part of the school council or Junior Leadership Team
Please don’t wait for the termly parent meetings or Annual written report.
If your child has a SEND you will be invited to:
a termly target plan review linked to individual targets (Target Plan Reviews)
an annual review if your child has an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
School are always happy to talk about your child’s progress. Please contact the class teacher or SENDCo
Please check out the Local Authority’s Local offer
Sandwell Inclusion Support (for learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties, hearing and visual impairments, training and advice)
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy services
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) service (including the enhanced SLT service)
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Head2Head Counselling Service
The Orchards Outreach Programme
Family Support Services
Looked After Children (LAC) Service
Sandwell Transport Services
The SENCo maintains a professional dialogue with all external agencies involved with a child or will initiate a professional dialogue if external support is required. External agencies regularly attend George Betts Academy to review children with SEND in order to ensure the correct and appropriate provision is in place. CRB checks are sought by the school before external agencies have access to any children.
Whitney Plant, who has completed ‘The National Award for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordination’.
overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy
coordinating provision for children with SEN
liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
advising on the graduated approach to providing SEN support
advising on the deployment of the school’s delegated budget and other resources to meet pupils’ needs effectively
liaising with parents of pupils with SEN
liaising with early years providers, other schools, educational psychologists, health and social care professionals, and independent or voluntary bodies
being a key point of contact with external agencies, especially the local authority and its support services
liaising with potential next providers of education to ensure a pupil and their parents are informed about options and a smooth transition is planned
working with the Executive Principal and school governors to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements
ensuring that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date
The SEND Governor works closely alongside the SENCo. Their role, on behalf of the Local governing body, is to monitor progress and provision for pupils with SEND and to monitor the budget for Special Educational Needs.
provide high quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised to meet the individual needs of our children.
use our best endeavours to ensure that the best provision is made for those who need it.
ensure our special educational provision is underpinned by high quality teaching.
know precisely where children and young people with SEN are in their learning and development.
ensure decisions are informed by the insights of parents and pupils.
have high ambitions and set stretching targets.
track progress towards goals.
keep under review the additional or different provision that is made (observations, learning walks, data analysis, book monitoring etc).
promote positive outcomes in the wider areas of personal and social development.
ensure that the approaches used are based on the best possible evidence and are having the required impact on progress
review the provision and support of all pupils with outside agencies.
ensure our staff receive relevant training/guidance/support to meet the needs of all pupils with SEND.
For more information on the provision, please see the provision overview on the information report
We also encourage parents to contact the free and impartial SEND support service for parents of children with SEND.
Greets Green CC,
Sandwell Telephone – 0121 500 4010
Should you feel the matter remain is unresolved:
The case will be passed to the Executive Principal for further investigation and reported to the SEND Governor
Formal complaints should be made in writing to the Local governing body of the Academy