The intention of Trafford’s local offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. All schools and academies in Trafford are expected to identify and support pupils with special educational needs to make the best possible progress. Schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible and wherever possible, the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need are met in a mainstream setting, where families want this to happen. Trafford’s Graduated Approach provides guidance on expectations of what should usually be available within school’s resources.
SEN provision at Tyntesfield Primary School:
At Tyntesfield Primary School, we aim to provide every possible opportunity to develop the full potential of every child. Children with learning differences must be valued as individuals and should be encouraged to integrate fully with their peers, both socially and academically. They must have access to the whole curriculum and at all times, consideration must be given to enhancing the self-esteem of children with learning needs.
The aims of the provision for children with learning differences at Tyntesfield Primary School are to:
Children with additional needs will be included fully within the curriculum wherever possible, with the provision of support staff and appropriate differentiation in place.
In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all of our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all of our children and we aim to achieve excellence through the removal of barriers to learning and active participation. We want every one of our children to feel that they are a valued member of our school community and that their voice is heard and matters. Through quality and appropriate curricular provision, we respect and embrace the fact that children have different learning and emotional needs, aspirations, require different strategies for learning and acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates; needing a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.
Children may have additional needs throughout or at any time during their school career and our learning differences policy ensures that curriculum planning and assessment for children with additional educational needs takes account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the child.
Learning differences can fall into one or more of the following categories and are all provided for at Tyntesfield Primary School:
A special educational need (SEN) can be a number of different things. For example, your child may be having difficulties with reading, maths or behaviour, which school can help with by putting extra support in place if necessary and by working in partnership with parents. Learning differences may also be due to a disability, which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for specialised help.
The first person to identify that a child has a learning difference may be:
Should you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress, you should contact your child’s class teacher in order to discuss the nature of your concerns. If it seems that your child may have a learning difference, your child’s class teacher or the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will assess:
Information about your child’s targets and the intended outcomes of any additional support provided will be recorded on a provision map (PPP). Children thought to have a learning difference will be placed on the school’s SEN register and receive one of three levels of support:
The level of support provided for your child may change throughout their time at school. School staff will discuss their concerns with you and whether the level of support offered to your child needs to be increased or decreased.
If a child is being supported via “In school provision” there will be a provision map put in place (PPP) which will outline what the school, the class teacher and/or the SENCo plan to do in order to help your child to learn. All teachers are fully aware that children learn in different ways and that some children need to “over learn” key facts before they are ready to move on to something new.
A provision map (PPP) will be written especially for your child and it will include:
A review of your child’s progress will take place three times during the year and you will be invited to discuss progress made with the class teacher. At this meeting it will also be discussed what the next targets should be for the following term.
At Tyntesfield Primary School, we also operate an “open door” policy where members of staff and the SENCo are more than happy to meet with you either before or after school in order to address any concerns that you may have quickly and sensitively.
In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all of our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all of our children and we aim to achieve excellence through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want our children to feel that they are a valued member of our school community. Through appropriate curricular provision, we respect the fact that children:
Tyntesfield Primary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. When planning, teachers set learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs on a daily basis. Some children have barriers to learning that mean that they have additional needs and require particular action by the school.
Teachers take account of these requirements and make provision, where necessary, to support individuals and thus enable them to participate effectively in curriculum and assessment activities. Such children may need additional or different help from that given to other children of the same age.
Children with additional needs have learning differences that call for additional provision to be made. Children may have additional needs at any point in their academic career if:
Children may have additional needs throughout or at any time during their school career and at Tyntesfield we ensure that curriculum planning and assessment for children with educational needs takes account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the child.
At Tyntesfield provision for children with learning differences is a matter for the school as a whole. In addition to the governing body, the school’s Head teacher, Head of School, the SENCO and all other members of staff have important day-to-day responsibilities. All teachers are teachers of children with additional needs. Teaching such children is therefore a whole school responsibility.
The governing body adopt the approved LA Admissions Policy and ensure the school is committed to providing the necessary resources for early identification, assessment and support of all children with additional needs.
The role of the SENCO
SEN arrangements are coordinated by the SENCO (Mrs Manion) whose role includes:
The role of the teachers/Teaching assistants
Every member of staff, both teaching and supporting, takes responsibility for meeting the needs of the children with learning differences within their care.
All pupils have access to a broadly based and balanced curriculum and regular INSET is held to update staff on issues and initiatives. It is expected that all INSET will have an SEN aspect.
A graduated response to learning differences:
The key test of the need for action is evidence that current rates of progress are inadequate. There should not be an assumption that all children will progress at the same rate. A judgment has to be made in each case as to what it is reasonable to expect a particular child to achieve. Where progress of the individual child is not adequate it will be necessary to take some additional or different action to enable the pupil to learn more effectively. Whatever the level of pupils’ difficulties, the key test of how far their learning needs are being met is whether they are making adequate progress.
Adequate progress can be defined in a number of ways. It might, for instance, be progress which:
Our SEN register follows the following stages and children may be moved on or off the register at any point in line with LA exit guidelines.
a) Universal provision:
This approach starts with the class teacher employing Quality First Teaching, such as:
b) In school support:
There will be a range of need within this area of the SEN register which require different degrees of support.
A pupil moves to “in school support” if, despite receiving outstanding Quality First Teaching (as outlined above), they continue to make little or no progress. The SENCO works with the class teacher to complete forms for referral to outside agencies. The school encourages parents to consult with specialists and outside agencies and the school then seeks to ensure that there is good liaison between the school’s provision and that recommended or provided by the outside agency. A meeting is arranged with the parents and interested parties in school to discuss the outcomes.
The class teacher, the SENCO and SEN TA work closely together to provide a comprehensive support programme for the child. The class teacher, SEN TA and SENCO then revise the provision map (PPP) in consultation with any other professionals involved with supporting the child in school. “In school support” remains in place and all those involved keep clear records. Provision maps (PPPs) continue to be written on a regular basis.
Where “In school support” intervention proves successful, the child may revert to Universal provision. Again the views of the pupil and parents are taken into account and parents’ wishes are respected.
c) Enhanced funding:
For a very small number of pupils, progress at in school support may still not adequately support their needs. At this point an EHC Needs Assessment from the Local Education Authority can be requested, preferably with the support of the teachers and SENCO and following consultation with the Head Teacher/Head of School. The SENCO, with the advice of the class and other teachers, fills in forms outlined by the authority and liaises with the parents and the authority about assessment criteria. The school will need to take advice.
We feel that Tyntesfield Primary School is a very special and unique school where all children are happy to learn and feel safe which allows them to take risks; this results in all children maximising their potential and being the very best that they can be.
The children at Tyntesfield are actively encouraged to be independent learners and to decide for themselves how they learn best and the level of challenge that they need in order to move their learning forwards. Through personalised provision the children are encouraged to access the level of learning at which they feel confident but allows them to operate at a level which pushes their learning forwards. The children are fully aware of how to choose their own level and know that this is dictated by themselves and not the teacher. Staff are dedicated to creating safe learning environments where the children are happy to take risks and also confident in their own abilities, knowing that their contributions are always valued. This results in children of all abilities being happy in their learning and consistently being encouraged to reach their full potential.
The children at Tyntesfield Primary School understand that their “voice” is very important; pupils have the opportunity to participate is a school council as well as an Eco Committee. There are numerous extra-curricular activities which provide the opportunity for children to participate fully in all aspects of school life.
The children are regularly given the opportunity to reflect on their learning and how they can move forward. They are encouraged to work collaboratively and use peer assessment as a frequent tool to sharing ideas and bridging gaps in their knowledge.
The SEN team work in close partnership with parents and have initiated a dedicated SEN email address () to facilitate communication with teachers and SENCo as well as specialist TAs. This was a direct result of a parent questionnaire to all parents with children on the SEN register who highlighted a need for more open lines of communication.
We have also initiated Parent Forums as an opportunity for the SEN team to share the personalised provision available for the children at Tyntesfield as well as help parents to understand strategies which could be used at home in order to help their child to progress. Parents have reported that they have found the information provided at the forums invaluable and that they have found the strategies suggested extremely helpful.
Tyntesfield Primary School has a pastoral care team in place in the school who are responsible for overseeing the provision for the emotional well-being of children who may be emotionally vulnerable. Tyntesfield Primary School places great emphasis on the care and well-being of its pupils.
There is a close liaison with the Education Welfare Officer and with other agencies concerned with health and general welfare. Parents can be assured that personal matters will be dealt with in a sympathetic and confidential way and are encouraged to discuss matters arising outside school which may affect a child’s work or behaviour with the Head Teacher, the child’s teacher or the pastoral care co-ordinator. Through the pastoral care policy the school aims to:
When referred to, outside support agencies may include any number of the following;
All members of staff in the school are trained in how to write effective provision maps for children with educational needs and have received whole school training regarding the provision in the classroom for children with Dyslexia, ASC and ADHD. This has ensured that the Quality First Teaching in place in all classrooms for children with a learning difference is of the highest quality.
Any new members of staff joining the school receive SEN induction training both from the local authority and the SEN team within the school.
Tyntesfield Primary School is committed to challenging discrimination and promoting equality at all levels and in all aspects.
The school has in place an Equality Policy in line with the Equality Act 2010 (replacing all existing legislation such as the Race Relations Act, Disability Discrimination Act and Sex Discrimination Act). The school’s Equality Policy makes reference to teaching styles being tailored to the needs of all pupils regardless of their learning differences.
The school also has an Inclusion Policy which outlines the school’s aim to be a fully inclusive school and the belief that we have that a respect for diversity and uniqueness of the individual should be fostered in all areas of the school community. An Inclusion Statement has been written to be included in all curriculum policies to be added when the policies are due for updating.
The physical environment of the school is highly accessible as it is all on one level and the needs of the children with additional physical needs have been met fully through minor alterations to the toilet facilities (eg. the addition of hand rails where necessary). The school has undergone full risk assessments by specialist advisors from the local authority in order to meet the needs of the children in our care.
Where necessary the SENCo will invite outside agencies in to school in order to conduct additional assessments in order to address any learning differences identified in school. Specialist advice is welcomed and any recommendations made are implemented fully. The school will also liaise with the nursing services in order to gain specialist advice in the identification of learning, emotional or medical needs which are causing concern within the school. Parents will always be consulted fully prior to any outside advice being sought.
If you would like any independent support or advice about any aspect of your child’s special educational needs, please contact:
Trafford Parent Partnership Services,
Stretford Public Hall,
Tel: 0161 912 3150/0161 912 1050
At Tyntesfield, we have close links with all our local secondary schools. Ensuring a smooth transition for all children, particularly children with specific needs and learning differences, is a priority and this is carefully planned during the children's final year with us.
The receiving school’s SENCo is invited to all year 6 annual review meetings and all documentation is passed on to the new school. Through close consultation with the SENCo at each secondary school, we send all pastoral as well as academic notes along with information on the specific learning needs of each child.
Tyntesfield has also arranged additional transition days for children who it is felt are likely to have difficulties on transition and adult support is also put in place to ensure that this process is as smooth as possible. This is in place for any child within the school who may become anxious about the transition to their secondary school.
The SENCo ensures that all documentation for any child on the SEN register is passed on to the new school and that a detailed conversation takes place with the SENCo of the new school in order for any transition to be as smooth as possible.
The SEN team has good multi-agency links with SALT, SENAS, and the school nursing service, OT, the EP and CAMHS in order to ensure that the additional needs of any child are met during the transition to a new school.
To download our SEN Information Report, please click on the link below:
Find out more about the local offer of support which is available for disabled children and young people and those who have SEN on the Trafford Service Directory www.trafford.gov.uk/servicedirectory or by contacting the Family Information Service:
Telephone: 0161 912 1053 Monday to Friday, 8.30am until 5pm
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