SEND Local Offer

Our Policy is displayed in full below but you can also download a PDF copy here:

Teaching and Learning

What additional support can be provided in the classroom?

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Small class sizes for lower sets
  • Differentiated worksheets and resources
  • Extra teacher support in small classes
  • Personalised teaching to students’ specific needs
  • School support and intervention subject specific

What provision do you offer to facilitate access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning? (This may include support from external agencies and equipment/facilities)

  • Specialist online support programs
  • Dyslexia
  • Advice from the Educational
  • Psychologist Laptops
  • iPads
  • Coloured overlays for students with dyslexic tendencies
  • ELKLAN Trained Teaching Assistants (for Speech and Language support)
  • EMTAS support for students with EAL

Staff specialisms/expertise around SEN or disability

  • Experienced SENDCO who is Freshstart trained
  • Teaching Assistants’ and Year Managers trained in Phonics and Catch-up Literacy
  • Local Authority staff support from trained VI and HI personnel

What ongoing support and development is in place for staff regards supporting children and young people with SEN?
CPD training offered regularly on:

  • ADHD training
  • Dyslexia training
  • Behaviour modification programmes
  • Supporting EAL students in/out of the classroom
  • Advice published of the changes to SEND code of practice and how it will impact the class teacher
  • Documents on shared area to help inform staff of SEND students and their needs

What arrangements are made for reasonable adjustments in the curriculum and support the student during exams?

  • Access arrangements – which includes:
  • Readers
  • Scribes
  • Extra time
  • Small classroom for anxious students/behaviour students
  • Coloured overlays for students with dyslexic tendencies
  • Differentiated worksheets and resources
  • The Strive Centre offering the STEPS programme
  • Nurture groups for vulnerable students within Years 7 and 8
  • Teachers informed of all students’ reading ages
  • Teachers informed of all students having special needs
  • Training for Readers and Scribes before exams

How do you share educational progress and outcomes with parents?

  • Parents’ Evenings
  • Progress checks – sent home two times yearly
  • School reports – once yearly
  • Meetings with parents
  • Annual Review of statements
  • Review of IEPs

What external teaching and learning do you offer?

  • Google Documents for setting, accessing work and contacting students
  • Laptops for some students working from home (vulnerable students)

What arrangements are in place to ensure that support is maintained in “off site provision”?

  • Offsite provision is rare however it is provided via EHCP when support is required. Year Managers keep in regular contact
  • Reports are required from AP

What work experience opportunities do you offer?

Work experience opportunities are under constant change, however it is provided as and when the need arises


Annual Reviews

What arrangements are in place for review meetings for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans?

  • Invites to all parties involved annually
  • Review meeting held at a convenient location
  • Review meeting held at a convenient time for parents who work/have commitments during the day
  • Translator provided if needed
  • Consultation with staff prior to the meeting
  • Making parents aware of parent partnership support

What arrangements are in place for children with other SEN support needs?

  • Time in the school’s Nurture Room
  • Time in the school’s Strive Centre room
  • Clubs with Teaching Assistants and teaching staff open at lunch for SEND and other students to access
  • Specific EAL club to target students needing support
  • After-school homework club to assist SEN students with work and organisation
  • SENDCO support
  • Small class sizes
  • Phonics intervention – through English lessons using Freshstart programme
  • Catch-up Literacy for students with a reading age of 10 or below, split between Librarian, SENDCO and Literacy Coordinator
  • Educational Psychologist for assessments and strategies
  • Peer mentoring (reading)

Keeping Children Safe

What handover arrangements will be made at the start and end of the school day? Do you have parking areas for pick up and drop offs?

  • Parking facilities available at the front of school, drop off for students with physical disability
  • Meeting point for Teaching Assistant at beginning/end of school day
  • Reception at front of school where parents can wait for students

What support is offered during breaks and lunchtimes?

  • Staffed Nurture room access; this is open pre-school, at break, during lunch and after school
  • Staffed Strive Centre access; this is open pre-school, at break, during lunch and after school
  • Lunch can be eaten in the Strive Centre or Nurture Room, even if purchased from the canteen
  • Students who are upset, lonely or worried can access staff during the above times

How do you ensure students stay safe outside the classroom? (e.g. during PE lessons and school trips)

  • Teachers meet and greet students at the start of the lesson and dismiss them at the end, hence staff on corridors at all changeovers
  • Risk assessments are undertaken for all school trips and individual risk assessments are taken out for students in conjunction with the parent, school nurse or any outside agency, i.e. YOTs, Youth Service etc.
  • PE lessons are always supervised and risk assessments for individuals are undertaken if and when necessary
  • Any student who ‘can not’ do PE for medical reasons, alternative provision is organised in order to help with another aspect of school – Literacy/numeracy but this is done on an individual basis, in conjunction with the parent/carer or medic’s advice

What are the school arrangements for undertaking risk assessments?

  • All in line with Salford LA
  • Completed with outside consultancy (Ellis Whittam)

Where can parents find details of policies on bullying?

Policies can be found on the school website: swinton.coopacademies.co.uk/about-us/policies/ However, if parents/carers telephone school and request one, school will send out a hard copy or email them a copy.


Health (including Emotional Health and Wellbeing)

What is the school’s policy on administering medication?

School has a policy on medication administration, ratified and agreed by Governors.

How do you work with the family to draw up a care plan and ensure that all relevant staff are aware of the plan?

A meeting is held with the parent/carer, SENDCO, school nurse and any other professional who is involved with the student. The Care Plan is then shared with all staff in briefing and monitored by the SENDCO every half-term or sooner if needed, parents are consulted should there be any adjustments made to the plan. Equally, parents can come into school and meet with the SENDCO if they feel the plan needs to be amended.

What would the school do in the case of a medical emergency?

  • Call 999
  • Contact a qualified First Aider
  • Contact parent/carer, collect them or pay for a taxi if required
  • In absence of parent/carer a First Aider would accompany the student to the hospital
  • If language is an issue the member of staff would stay at the hospital and explain to the medical staff what had happened, if possible a translator would be brought in

How do you ensure that staff are trained/qualified to deal with a child’s particular needs?

  • All staff are trained every two years on Safeguarding/Child Protection
  • Relevant staff undertake external courses provided by the Local Authority and private companies
  • Asthma training is given in school to all staff and some students in school
  • Relevant staff trained on how to use an Epipen
  • Relevant staff all trained on CAF completion and other relevant documents, i.e. RIATs, EWO referrals, etc.
  • Training by outside professionals for ASD, ADHD, EAL, etc.

Which health or therapy services can children access in school premises?

School nurse ‘drop-in’ 1:15pm-2pm, every Tuesday


Communication with Parents

How do you ensure that parents know “who’s who” and who they can contact if they have concerns about their child/young person?

  • Half termly letter is sent to all parents/carers informing them who is their child’s Coordinator, SENDCO and Child Protection Officer
  • Information is also distributed at Parents’ Evenings, if parents/carers don’t attend a letter is sent to them
  • Home visits are made if requested by parent
  • Information is also available on the school website
  • SENDCO gives school contact number to all parents who express a need to speak to him regularly and parents are told that they are welcome to ring regarding any concerns they may have
  • Email contact
  • Letters sent home to parents/carers

Do parents have to make an appointment to meet with staff or do you have an ‘open-door policy’?

  • Open-door policy to speak to a member of staff but an appointment will be made if they request to speak to a teacher, due to their teaching commitment
  • All parents are dealt with as swiftly as possible; usually on the day of initial contact or at the latest, the day after.
  • Telephone conversations can be completed for parents/carers

How do you keep parents updated with their child/young person’s progress?

  • Intervention Evenings
  • Parents’ Evenings
  • Home visits if requested
  • School reports
  • Progress checks sent home three times per year
  • Reward cards
  • Telephone calls
  • Email to parents/carers

Do you offer Open Days?

  • An Open Evening is held annually – members of the SEN team attend
  • Parents can make an appointment to tour the school

How can parents give feedback to the school?

  • Via the school website
  • Parent conferences
  • Via questionnaires (Survey Monkey)
  • Parental meetings
  • Telephone calls, after parental meetings (SEN)
  • Arrange to see staff at a mutually convenient time

Working Together

Do you have home/school contracts? No

What opportunities do you offer for students to have their say? e.g. school council

  • Student Council – once per term
  • Student Conferences – once per term
  • Departmental questionnaires
  • Informal basis when they come to the Strive Centre, Nurture room, Phonics room and Catch-up Literacy Room

What opportunities are there for parents/carers to have their say about their child’s education?

  • Parents Evenings
  • SEND conference
  • Review meetings
  • Open door policy
  • Arranging a meeting with teachers

What opportunities are there for parents/carers to get involved in the school or become school Governors?

  • Invitation to be a governor given at new students‘ Parents’ Evenings.
  • Invitation via the newsletter
  • Invitation via the website

How does the Governing Body involve other agencies in meeting the needs of students with SEN and supporting their families? (e.g. health, social care, voluntary groups

  • Governor link to SEND
  • Governor link to Pupil Welfare
  • Governors attend attendance and behaviour panels
  • The Governor linked to SEND or Vice Chair comes into school once every half term; parents are notified and can come in to meet them

What help and support is available for the family?

Do you offer help with completing forms and paperwork? If yes, who normally provides this help and how would parents access this?

Yes, SENDCO would arrange to meet with them and help them complete all the necessary paperwork. Parents are offered this service at a parental meeting or by phone. Home visits are undertaken if the parent/carer can not get into school.

Close links with Parent Partnership who also support our parents with completion of forms.

Year Managers will also support parents to complete CAFs, etc.

What information, advice and guidance can parents and young people access through the school? Who normally provides this help and how would they access this?

A Connexions adviser will meet with the student and parent in school, make a home visit or in a neutral place. School pays extra for Connexions, hence, in-school equivalent to two days per week. SENDCO or Year Manager would provide the information and arrange for them to meet the school’s Connexions adviser. Pathway Choice Evenings are provided and from Year 9 with Connexions to attend statement reviews.

How does the school help parents with travel plans to get their child to and from school?

Support for travel can be arranged through the EHCP


Transition from Primary School and School Leavers

What support does the school offer for Year 6 children coming to the school? (e.g. visits to the school, buddying)

  • Year Managers for Year 7 and senior staff visit primary schools to speak to children in Year 6
  • GLA (Graded Literacy Assessment) are carried out on students so that a baseline is established and intervention groups formed upon transition
  • Year 6 children visit on three occasions in the final term of Year 6
  • Year 5 children visit
  • Children who need Peer Support are put in the same Form to support each other
  • Additional Nurture sessions are provided for children who need additional transition
  • Year Managers/SEND staff are available around school if there are any initial difficulties
  • Form Tutors, Heads of Year can be telephoned by parents with any concerns

What support is offered for young people leaving the school? (e.g. careers guidance, visits to colleges, apprenticeships, supported employment etc)

  • Taster days at local colleges in Year 11
  • Connexions support during Years 9, 10 and 11 for statemented students and in Year 10 and 11 for all other students on the SEND register
  • Apprenticeships arranged in Year 11

What advice/support do you offer young people and their parents/carers about preparing for adulthood?

  • Constant reminders about the importance of good attendance and punctuality, good literacy and numeracy, good behaviour and attitude for the world of work and to be happy in personal life
  • Provide good role models of behaviour to students by the way staff treat each other and the students

Extra Curricular Activities

Do you offer school holiday and/or before and after school provision? If yes, please give details.

  • Before school – breakfast club in the dining room
  • After school – Homework club for the more vulnerable students to encourage friendships and good relationships with staff

What lunchtime or after school activities do you offer? Do parents have to pay for these and if so, how much?

  • There are numerous after school activities that students are warmly invited to and we actively encourage students to participate in these
  • There are several clubs offered at lunchtime sports, computer, music and even an EAL club is offered
  • All clubs are mentioned in newsletters and on the website

How do you make sure clubs, activities and residential trips are inclusive?

  • Risk assessments are carried out, parents are consulted and parents are offered a place to accompany their child if needed
  • 1:1 support or small group support for students
  • When invites go out for trips the quieter, more vulnerable students will be approached personally and persuaded to give it a go. Experienced, trained Teaching Assistants accompany most trips out

How do you help children and young people to make friends?

  • Nurture groups for Years 7 and 8
  • Peer mentoring
  • Specialised, small form groups
  • Interventions through Nurture and the Strive Centre
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