Sholing Junior School
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Report
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What type of school is Sholing Junior School, what special educational needs do we cater for and are there eligibility criteria?
Sholing Junior School is a mainstream academy catering for children of mixed ability between the ages of 7-11. We currently have 360 children on roll.
We are proud of our record of including children with wide and varied special needs and disabilities. We are a school that will try different approaches to achieve success with SEND children and meet their individual needs. We have an admissions policy which is the same for all children considering coming to Sholing Juniors. For children with Education, Health and Care Plans we always look at their needs alongside the needs of the other children in the year group to ensure we can offer the best opportunities for each child.
How does the school know if any of their pupils need extra help and what do I do, as a parent, if I think my child has special educational needs?
At Sholing Juniors all children are monitored closely by the Senior Leadership Team that includes the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and the Class Teacher. Children’s learning is regularly assessed and the curriculum differentiated to take account of these outcomes. Staff consistently monitor reading progress and a child’s reading is also tracked through our library system. Children are rewarded for reading regularly e.g. a reading disco. All children are given regular spelling tests throughout the academic year. We listen to you (the parents/carers), staff working with the child, a child’s previous school, outside agencies, and, of course, we observe and listen to the child. From all this information we build up a picture of your child’s strengths and areas for development and then decide whether extra support or intervention is needed.
If you are concerned that your child may have special educational needs first discuss this with their class teacher and then the class teacher will make an appointment for you to speak with the Special Educational Needs Co Coordinator (SENCO) about your concerns. Alternatively you can contact the Governor with responsibility for SEND.
How will the school support my child?
For children who need to take medication regularly the office staff is responsible for this and produce risk assessments and PEEPs (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans). Epi-pens are kept in the office and all staff is trained to use them.
The school is a secure site with keypad access ensuring every ones safety. A teacher is on duty after school for those parents who are unavoidably delayed. There is staff on duty before school and class teachers are also available in the playground at the end of the day if you need a quick word. Sholing Juniors works hard to ensure your child is happy and safe while maintaining good attendance. The School Council gives all the children an opportunity to voice their opinions. All the children take it turns to be the class monitors running errands etc. In some cases a teaching assistant will accompany the child if needed.
How can I contact the SENCO?
The SENCo, Mrs Lucy Jones, can be contacted through the school office on 02380 447448
What training is provided for staff supporting children with SEND?
The teaching assistants are all trained and attend fortnightly meetings led by the SENCO receiving professional development in the area of SEND as well as attending relevant courses to keep their skills updated. The team has many years of experience between them and their expertise includes
We continually share our knowledge and expertise with each other so all develop professionally. Teaching staff also receive training in approaches and strategies to cater for children with a variety of needs through their regular meetings and specific courses.
How is specialist expertise and equipment secured and how accessible is the school?
When a child with a specific need requires more specialist support we will seek advice, or buy in support, from an outside agency through a referral process. Parental permission will always be sought for this. Some areas of support we currently access include speech and language, occupational therapy and educational psychology. When specialist resources are recommended, the school will endeavour to provide them.
The school building is accessible by wheel chair on the ground floor only. We would move a class downstairs in order that a pupil could access this. We have two accessible toilets, one with physiotherapy table and shower. There are wide door openings to the classrooms and exit to the playgrounds. Stairs are fitted with double banisters and there is yellow edging to the stairs and playground equipment. We have a disabled parking space and an EVAC Chair.
How are parents of SEND involved in their child’s education?
At Sholing Juniors we pride ourselves on the good relationships we have with our parents. Communication with parents is through many forms including
How are children with SEND consulted about their learning?
There are regular opportunities for all children to reflect on their learning and take action on their next steps. Children are set targets that staff will discuss with them. Children can talk to their School Council representatives about things that they would like improved. If your child is worried or anxious they are opportunities to talk to one of our ELSAs.
What steps should you take if you have a concern about the SEND provision at Sholing Juniors?
If you have any concerns at all about your child’s SEND provision please talk to your child’s Class Teacher first. If you then feel you would like to meet with the SENCo either the Class Teacher will arrange this or an appointment can be made through the Office. The SENCo is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and regularly meets with the Head to review the needs of the children throughout the school. Following this, if you still have concerns you could write to Ms Jenny Harper, the Governor with responsibility for SEND or write directly to the Chair of Governors c/o Sholing Junior School. Please see the School website for the Formal Complaints policy.
How are the Governing Body involved in meeting the needs of SEND pupils and supporting families?
The SENCo reports regularly to the Governing Body on all matters relating to SEND. There is a governor with special responsibility for SEND who can be contacted c/o Sholing Junior School.
The SENCo and the Family Inclusion Support Officer (FISO) are available to help parents find organisations that may help and support them and an appointment should be made through the office to see either of them.
If you are considering moving a child with SEND to our school please make an appointment with the SENCO through the office and she will arrange to meet with you to discuss your child’s needs and give you a guided tour of the school.
Where can I get further information about services for my child?
Considering a school for your child can be a very daunting time and we have parents of SEND children who are happy to talk with prospective parents to share their experience of Sholing Juniors and answer any questions you may have.
Support can be provided as required or requested to help parents and carers access the information.
How will Sholing Juniors prepare and support my child when joining the school or transferring to a new school?
The SENCo & Family Support Inclusion Officer oversees the transition of SEND and vulnerable children both in and out of our school. Visits & meetings are arranged so that children can feel as confident as possible about their transition. These include
Where can I find information on the Local Authority’s local offer?
The Local Authority’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report, providing details of a range of services is available at