Consultation with Children and Young People with SEND
Teachers/SENCO and Support Staff will work with children and young people to identify the support needed to meet agreed outcomes. The provision is planned and interventions are allocated to individual needs. The children take an active role with setting their outcomes and discussing them with the class teacher/SENCO. The children have regular meetings with staff to discuss their progress and support.
All students at Belmont Community School are actively encouraged to voice their opinions or concerns when the need arises. There are several ways students can do this.
- The first point of contact is their form tutor who meet with them at the beginning of each school day. Heads of Year are also available during this time to listen to any concerns.
- Student Support Managers who are available throughout the day to speak with students and pass on concerns to the Head of Year.
- Students can speak directly to their teachers who will escalate concerns to the appropriate member of staff.
- SEND students have a key worker from Learning Support whom they can communicate freely. The SENCO is also available to discuss any issues or concerns.
- Additional support is also available to some students from professionals such as the school counsellor, the Parent Support Adviser or the school nurse.
- Peer Supporters are trained to provide low level intervention to their fellow students when appropriate.
Consultation with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND
We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child’s needs and support. Parents and carers will be involved throughout the process.
There is a range of ways this can be done, for example:
- Termly parents/ carers evenings;
- Ongoing discussions with a class teacher and/or SENCO;
- An ‘open-door’ policy, where parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have;
- Through regular reviews of their child’s SEN Support Plan/ EHC Plan.
We try to work closely with parents/ carers of students on the SEND register. We want all parents/ carers to feel welcome to discuss their child’s needs or concerns whenever a difficulty arises. The school pastoral team and the SENCO are available to respond to the concerns of parents/ carers. Similarly, a member of the school staff will contact parents/ carers when we become aware of a problem. On a more formal basis communication between home and school is organised in the following ways:
- Annual Reviews meetings with the SENCO for students with an EHCP.
- Annual Reviews meetings with one of the HLTA’s/ Assistant SENCO for students on the SEN register.
- Parents are kept informed of their child’s progress three times a year through the schools reporting system.
- Parents are invited into school to discuss their child’s progress with their teachers once per year, however parents can contact teaching staff at any time if they have any concerns regarding their child’s progress.
- Parents are kept informed of any conditions that are likely to need special consideration.