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Park Hall Academy

Park Hall Academy

Water Orton Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. B36 9HF

Telephone:0121 748 0400

Fax:0121 748 0414

Contact:Mr Cox

SEN Information Report

Park Hall Academy values the things that make each one of our children different.  We want to give all children every opportunity to achieve their best.  This includes all children regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical status and ability. We want all of our children to feel they belong here at Park Hall. We do have an inclusive ethos with high expectations for everyone, a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and systems to identify things that may stop our children from learning and getting the most out of life at school.

At Park Hall, we welcome everybody from our local community.  We believe that our school should provide every child with the opportunity to achieve their best.  Parents when considering Park Hall as a choice of school for their child must understand that we are a mixed ability mainstream school with limited resources and no specialist provision. This is when compared to specialist schools or those schools which have an additional resource centre. 

Every child at Park Hall has the opportunity to follow a broad curriculum in Years 7 to 9 as well as following an appropriate GCSE and Post-16 options pathway.

We are committed to making sure that children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability achieve and make as much progress as their peers.  One of the ways that we attempt to do this is through the use of intervention clubs, many of these are run before and after school. It is our policy not to withdraw children from lessons wherever possible. We expect all children to take part in all of the lessons they have been timetabled for.

We strive for good attendance at Park Hall with children wanting to come to school as they enjoy the lessons and make good friends. 

Please click the below headings for more information

The Special Educational Needs and/or Disability for which we make provision for 

We are a busy mainstream school and of our children are expected to reach the standards for their age, through the use of targets.  A small number of our children do have special educational needs.  We have regard to the definition of Special Educational Needs and/or Disability as stated in the Government’s Code of Practice.  Children have a Special Educational Needs and/or Disability if they have a difficulty, which means they need additional support in school as they struggle more than their peers.  Although we do not have any specialist teachers in school on a daily basis, we do support our children well through a focus on good teaching and differentiation. This helps to ensure that children can take part within the mainstream mixed ability classes throughout the school.

Typically, the children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability in our school have difficulties with reading and/or writing or social, emotional, or mental health difficulties.  A very small number of our children have sensory difficulties with sight or hearing.

There are four types of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, decided by the Department for Education:

1. Communication and interaction (How you communication to others through language)

2. Cognition and learning (How you process and learn new ideas)

3. Social, mental and emotional health (How you cope with friendships and difficulties in life)

4. Sensory or physical (Difficulties you face with your eyes, ears, movement etc.)

If a child has Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, then their needs will fit into one or more of these categories.

How we identify children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and assess them 

We work closely with our teachers so they have a good understanding of the difficulties children with Special Educational Needs face.  Through this training, we also address the typical signs and characteristics of various additional needs.  Through our approach to assessment and reporting, the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), works closely with teachers to monitor progress made by all children. 

Teachers will then seek advice from the SENCo as soon as they have concerns.  The SENCo will normally provide advice for the teacher, or will continue to gather information from all their teacher’s to give find out a whole picture of the child.  There is the opportunity for a few children to take part in additional activities and intervention programmes during registration. 

However, if the child is still not making an expected level of progress, the SENCo may ask for advice or assessment from an external specialist service.  The school will contact parent’s to express our concerns and hope to work closely with them to ensure that the most appropriate SEN support in put in place.  

How we track how your child is making progress  

All children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability will be assessed the same way as their peers, which is explained in our Assessment policy.  We set individual targets for each child, to promote progress, based on their end of Key Stage 2 results. 

How your child performs against these targets, what they currently are achieving and their attitude towards their learning are reported to parents through a whole report once a year, a parent’s evening once a year and grade reports each term. 

We check how well we are supporting children to make progress through a number of ways.  We observe children in lessons to see how they are getting involved in their learning during lesson time, by looking at their exercise books and folders to see the standard of their work in class and at home, by listening to children in focus groups and by using questionnaires at parent’s evening. 

If you as a parent have any questions about the progress of your child throughout the year, you are more than welcome to contact the school either by email or telephone to speak to your child’s Head of Year or Progress Manager.

How we check progress together with parents 

We are a busy secondary school so we hold an annual review as the main progress check with parent’s during the year.  These meetings will be held by the SENCo, Head of Year and with parents, where we shall review your child’s progress; attendance; punctuality; behaviour; social and emotional well-being; and preparation for adult life. 

If you would like to meet more regularly or if you have a question during the year, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year or Progress Manager.  They will be happy to discuss your child and then can work with the SENCo on your behalf.

How we teach children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

We agree with the Government that good teaching is the best way to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.  Lots of additional intervention and support cannot make up for this. 

We want all children to achieve their best, so we do not withdraw our children from lessons where possible.  All children are to attend the lessons that they have been timetabled for. 

Our teachers have the highest expectations for your child.  All teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand. The teachers will put in place different ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in their class. This may involve things like using more practical learning or additional writing frames. The teacher will also put in place specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo or specialists from outside agencies) to allow your child to take part in the learning tasks. All children in school receive this.

Through a creative and well developed training programme, our teachers have developed lots of ways to check the learning and progress of children.  Teachers will identify any gaps in understanding and or learning and if your child needs some additional help.

Your child’s Progress Manager will give you more information about what each year group is learning at the moment and how your child is being helped to make better progress. There is more information about the school curriculum on our website.  

The role of school governors 

The SENCo reports to the governors each year so they understand about the progress of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability; this report does not refer to individual children and confidentiality is maintained at all times.  One of the governors is responsible for overseeing support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and meets with SENCo. This ‘SEN link governor’ also reports to other governors in regular meetings to keep them all informed.

Our SEN link governor is Mrs J Hirons and can she can be contacted through the Headteacher’s PA.  

Adapting the curriculum and school for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

Park Hall is proud to welcome every disabled child who has been offered a place at our school via the Solihull Education Authority admissions board.

The school works hard to ensure that every disabled child joining the school has the same great opportunities and positive experiences as every other member of the class, subject of course to any health and safety considerations.

It must be noted that Park Hall is a large school.  Your child will be expected to access around 15 different classrooms each week.  Whilst it is possible for us to consider timetabling many of these lessons on a particular floor, there are certain facilities that are not accessible on lower levels.  In addition to this there are many specialist classrooms across the school that will result in your child having to walk long distances between lessons. The specialist nature of certain subjects means that the necessity to walk large distances between lessons is unavoidable.

Additional support for learning that is available to children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

 

 

Cognition and Learning

Communication and Interaction

Emotional, Social and Mental Health

Sensory and/or Physical Medical Conditions

Transition

(Primary School, Years 5 and 6)

Pastoral visits to primary schools • SENCO attends review meetings and visits primary schools and gathers SEN information • Ongoing liaison work between subject departments and primary schools • New Intake Evening • Induction Day in the Y6 Summer Term • Open Evening • Year 6 Additional Transition •DATA Exchange

KS3

(Years 7, 8 and 9)

·  Student Learning Passports and IEPs

·  Wave 2 strategies; morning registration, reading and spelling clubs for Years 7 and 8,

·  Wave 3 external specialist teaching

·  Assessment & Reporting

·  Student Information to staff

·  Homework club

·  ICT software available during clubs

·  Access Arrangements

·  Learning Mentors

LOW INCIDENCE

 

·  Student Learning Passports and IEPs

·  Advice from the Speech and Language Service

·  Visual Timetable, if appropriate

·  Whole School INSET

·  Increased visual aids in class

·  Use of symbols

·  Structure of school and class routines

·  Environmental Clues (Signs etc.)

·  Student Learning Passports and IEPs

·  Pupil Pass

·  Homework Club

·  Pastoral Support

·  Time-out card

·  Form Tutor Support

·  External Counselling

·  Student mentoring

·  Circle Time

LOW INCIDENCE

 

The school offers an individual response to the wide range of needs from monitoring to more intensive support, which may be for the short, medium, or long term to enable access to an inclusive mainstream placement.  Staff are aware of impairment implications. 

 

The school is quite a large, extensive site, with many old buildings, therefore, lifts are not found in many of the main teaching blocks. 

KS4

(Years 10 and 11)

As above, plus:

·  Guided Options Choices

·  Special Exam Arrangements

·  Revision Classes

·  Supplementary Coursework Sessions

As above, plus:

·  Guided Options Choices

Access Strategies

·  Quality First Teaching

·  Learning Styles Assessment

·  Writing Frames/ Word Banks

·  Student Information to staff

·  Mixed/ Set Ability

·  Differentiated Teaching

·  School Marking Policy

·  School Homework Policy

·  Advice from external Specialists

·  KS4 Option Choices

·  Work Experience

·  Special Exam Arrangements

·  Positive Language Environment

·  Student Information to staff

·  Peer-mentoring

·  Differentiated Teaching

·  Transition Support

·  Peer Mentoring

·  Form Tutor Mentoring

·  Pastoral System

·  Whole School Behaviour Policy

·  Whole School Class Rules

·  Standard Operating Procedures

·  School Sanction Policy

·  School Reward Policy

·  Disabled toilets

·  Medical Room

·  Medical Support

·  Homework Club

·  Handrails

·  Lifts in newer buildings

·  Signature

Liaison with Parents

SENCo by request or at scheduled review meetings • Subject teachers by request or at scheduled Parents Evenings (Options Evening Year 9) • Form Tutor • Head of Year • Progress Manager• Education Welfare Officer • Other external agencies - via referral • Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service for Parents

Partner Agencies

Warwickshire EIS (Teaching and Learning) Support Service • Warwickshire Autism Support Service • Solihull SISS HI, VI and PI Service • Solihull SISS Autism Service • Engage • Children Mental Health Services (Solar and Forward Thinking Birmingham) • Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service for Parents • Service for children not currently accessing education • School Nurse 

Continuing Professional Development

Whole School INSET from internal / external source • Targeted departmental / individual training • Knowledge disseminated • Inclusive practice self-evaluated • School Development Plan •Rolling programme of training

Extra-Curricular Activities that are available for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

Park Hall maintains a range of exciting extra-curricular activities that are ideal for both talented children wishing to maximise these talents and for those who simply wish to take part in an activity they enjoy.

  • Extra-Curricular Sports
  • Competitions, both regional and national
  • School Club Links
  • Charity Work
  • Music
  • Drama
  • School Visits

The timetable for these activities is sent out at the beginning of each term. 

Supporting your child’s emotional and social development 

It is important to remember that we also want the same as parents, in making sure your child is happy and successful at school. In order to do this it is essential that we apply the same encouragement, rewards and sanctions which is consistent and well communicated.

Keeping in close contact is really important in making sure your child is happy. If any problems occur at school, at home or both, you should contact your child’s Head of Year or Progress Manager, particularly in difficult circumstances. Nipping negative signs, however small, in the bud is best way to avoid problems growing.

Your child can only reach their best if they feel happy and safe at school.  We believe that all children have the right to education free from bullying.  We do not tolerate bullying because its effects can last a person’s whole lifetime and it is never justified. Further information can be found in our policy on ‘Anti-bullying’.  

The training we give to support adults in school to work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

Every school has a development plan that includes training needs for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of all children including those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.  This may include whole school training on Special Educational Needs and/or Disability issues or to support children in school with one particular need, such as autism, dyslexia, etc.  The purpose of whole staff training is to share knowledge, strategies, and experience, and ensure consistency of our school’s approach for children with a Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.  Teachers and support staff also attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.  The SENCO also works closely with specialists from external support services who may provide advice or direct support as appropriate.

If you would like to hear about current or past training undertaken by school staff, please speak to the SENCO.  

Equipment and facilities to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

Our school has a duty to provide auxiliary aids and equipment in accordance with the needs assessed for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.  This will be completed in consultation with external specialist services.

Please refer to Solihull Local Authority’s Local Offer for more information.  The link to the page is http://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/

Working with the parents of a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability about the education of their son or daughter 

Information about the support in each subject can be discussed with teachers.  Parents can do this at parents’ evening each year, but teachers can meet with parents at any point in the school year by appointment.

In the case of individual or small group interventions, the SENCo will write to parents explaining why we are putting on this intervention and what we hope to achieve.  Emails letters or phone-calls will be used to keep parents updated on their child’s progress and discuss support in more detail, if required.

Working with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability about school 

Children’s views are very important at school and we like to hear what they think about lots of different parts of school life.  We use many different ways to hear their views:

•       The school has a student council, where children are elected each year to represent their class.  We discuss with the student council about whole school plans, how to support charities and these children are able to express the views of others in their class to senior leaders throughout the year.

•       There is an annual child questionnaire where we find out what children think about school.  The results of this questionnaire are used by the Senior Leadership Team to improve the school.

•       If a child takes part in an intervention programme, then they will contribute their views to the review of progress at the end.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan, their views will be sought before any review meetings

External Agencies and support for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability 

We work with a number of external agencies, which support both the school and your family.  They include:

  • Warwickshire EIS (Teaching and Learning) Support Service
  • Warwickshire Autism Support Service
  • Solihull SISS HI, VI and PI Service
  • Solihull SISS Autism Service
  • Engage
  • Children Mental Health Services (Solar and Forward Thinking Birmingham)
  • Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service for Parents
  • Service for children not currently accessing education
  • School Nurse 

If you have any queries about these external agencies, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year or Progress Manager.  However, please note that many of these external agencies are purchased on a year to year basis, and may change to reflect the majority of needs in the school.

Moving from Primary School to Park Hall Academy 

In the Summer Term of Year 6, our SENCo will visit primary schools to collect all appropriate information from your child’s junior school SENCo and class teacher. 

Our transition process ensures that we have a detail overview of our children’s needs prior to them starting in Year 7.  

On the first day of term in September, all of our staff are issued with support notes to inform them of children in their classes with additional needs.

We liaise with external services to ensure that all notes are passed on to us.

Primary SENCo’s contact us or invite us to join review meetings near the end of Year 6.

Moving from Year 9 to Year 10 to start your GCSEs 

For Years 10 and 11 children choose from a range of GCSE courses, which help to prepare them for the next steps in their education, be that college, apprenticeships or work.  Children and parents are offered advice and careers guidance at the appropriate time to help make these important decisions.

Moving on from Year 11 

The school arranges visits to open days and further education fairs for all children.  Help with finding and applying for apprenticeships is also available.

Children are encouraged to consider attending university in the future and the school works with higher education establishments to provide experiences for children to inspire them.

All children in year 11 are provided with 1-1 careers advice to help them plan what they want to do after they complete their GCSEs.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan will begin discussing this from their Year 9 Annual Review. 

All information relating to a child’s exam dispensations and required support is passed on to college or training provider during the summer term of year 11, when college places have been confirmed.

Joining our school after October  

All children who join the school after the official start of the year in September are screened on entry, to check for any areas of need and to provide information to staff about their strengths and additional needs. 

A ‘student buddy’ is chosen to support your child for the first few days of being at Park Hall.  The buddy takes your child to lessons, introduces them to other children, answers questions and lets teachers know how well your child is settling into school

We always make contact with your child’s previous school to ensure the transfer of information and your child’s school file.

Moving to another school 

We always make contact with your child’s previous school to ensure the transfer of information and your child’s school file.

Who to contact 

Our aim is to help all children to become independent in their lessons and provide them with the life skills and strategies to leave school to confidently face the world of work and/or further education.

If you would like to find out any more information please contact your child’s Head of Year or Progress Leader at first.

Head of Year 7 – Mr Cox

Head of Year 8 – Mr Williams

Head of Year 9 – Mrs Hughes

Head of Year 10 – Miss Traynor

Head of Year 11 – Mrs Percival

Progress Leader for Years 7-10 - Mr Sullivan

Progress Leader for 11 – Mr Kenyon

Director of Progress – Mr Roper, who is a Teacher of English too.

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) - Mr Halligan, who is an Assistant Headteacher and a Teacher of History too.

SEN Link Governor – Mrs J Hirons

If you are not happy  

We try to do our best for all children but if there are any concerns we encourage those concerned to approach your child’s Head of Year or Progress Manager in the first instance and a response will be made as soon as possible.  If you are still unhappy, please approach the SENCo. 

Please read our complaints policy for further information

Additional support for parents 

We support the use of Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service for Parents.  Additional service information will be sent home, as and when we become aware of them. 

Here is a link to their website:  https://www.family-action.org.uk/solihullsendias/

You can email them with this address: solihullsendias@family-action.org.uk

There is further information available in Solihull Local Authority’s Local Offer.   The link to the page is http://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/

Finding out more information 

The Solihull Local Offer website has information about the services that are available.   The link to the page is http://socialsolihull.org.uk/localoffer/

Our policies  

A range of policies underpin our offer; in particular, these are our;

  • Admissions Policy
  • Anti-bullying Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • Children in Care Policy
  • Discipline and Student Behaviour Policy
  • Drugs Policy
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Safeguarding Children Policy
  • Single Equality Policy
  • Special Educational Needs Policy
  • Teaching and Learning Policy

To view any of these, please go to our Policies section. 

What do you think of our Information Report? 

We welcome your thoughts on our Information Report.  Many parents have found our Information Report to be detailed and answered many of their questions. 

Based on parent feedback since 2014, we have:

  • Tired to simplify the wording of the report, avoiding words only those in schools understand and the use of abbreviations, such as SEN and HOY. 
  • We have made the Information Report easier to read, by reducing the reading age to 9 years.
  • We have tried to make the report more personalised to you and your child and avoided calling them different names such as ‘pupils’ and ‘students’.
  • Uploaded more contact details for the Solihull SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information, Advice and Support Service for parents
  • Tried to avoid unnecessary confusion by using the word ‘school’ rather than ‘Academy; throughout the report

If you have any further comments or ideas, please contact the school office.

 

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