SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) at Break Through School
Break Through School values the contribution that every student makes and welcomes a diversity of culture, religion and intellect. We are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our learners whatever their needs and abilities.
The school seeks to raise the levels of attainment, remove barriers to learning, and increase physical and curricular access to all. All learners are valued, respected and treated as equal members of the school. As such, provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the school as a whole.
Regular communication takes place between staff and our SENDCo, Sarah Hawley, to identify young people who might need further assessment for inclusion on the Special Needs Register.
All learners have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is prepared by our school SENDCo, in consultation with teachers. Teachers review these IEPs on a biweekly basis to monitor and evaluate the impact of the provision on learners, and these plans are updated termly. This ensures we are able to deliver effective assessment and diagnostic screening to identify any particular difficulties and/or weaknesses which may be preventing learners from making good progress and implement the appropriate support.
We work closely and collaboratively with parents and carers, ensuring consistent and ongoing discussions take place, as we understand the essential role this plays in every aspect of our special educational needs provision.
We provide support and advice to parents on initiating or making applications for Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs) and providing necessary reports and documentation to support these applications. We can also arrange for assessments and/or intervention from outside agencies, and liaise and meet with external agencies who are involved in supporting our learners and their families.
Differentiated subject work, support programmes and assignments are implemented according to each learner’s needs and are delivered in the context of Quality First Teaching (QFT), by our committed team of teachers, teaching assistants and 1:1 teaching assistants. Our staff have access to continuous training and development opportunities in current special needs concerns to ensure they are always working with the most up to date special needs theory and practice.
We work with a number of professionals including Speech and Language Therapists and counsellors, and provide in-class support targeted at enabling young people to have access to the whole curriculum.
Our SENDCo leads on, and completes the necessary paperwork for the annual review cycle for EHCP’s and learners are involved in the Annual SEND Review meeting so they can provide feedback on their education and progress.