SEND & Local Offer

SEND Support at OLMC

1. Help For You

  • Our Local Offer informs parents, who have a child with special educational needs or disabilities, of the support and provision that they can expect from our school.
  • Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs J Bostock and can be contacted through the school office. Mrs Bostockand Mrs Connaghan co-ordinates the support and provision for all children across the school who have special educational needs or disabilities.
  • The SENDCo is supported in her role by Mrs Connaghan.
  • We have two SEN support workers, who work on a one-to-one basis with children.
  • In addition to this we have a Pastoral Manager, Mrs Worthington, who works with small groups or with children on a one-to-one basis. Her focus is on supporting children with emotional, social or behavioural needs. Part of her role is also to liaise with parents and offer them support.
  • We have recently appointed a Pupil Premium teacher, Mrs Binns, who works with small groups of children. The majority of these children have additional funding through the pupil premium (those who are eligible for free school meals). However, some of these children also have special educational needs.
  • Our teaching assistants work with small groups of children to deliver a range of intervention programmes. They work closely with the class teachers to ensure the correct provision is in place.

2. Three Waves Of Support

Three Waves of Support Effective inclusive provision at our school can be summarised by the three waves model which describes a strategic approach we take to teaching and additional intervention designed to minimise underachievement for all learners.

Wave 1

This is provided for all children. Wave 1 means access to ‘Quality First teaching’. All children, regardless of ability or need are taught by the class teacher. Lessons will be differentiated appropriately so that all children can access the learning, and as a result moving all learners from where they are to where they need to be.

Wave 2

This is Wave 1 plus additional, time-limited, tailored intervention support programmes. Wave 2 provision is designed to increase rates of progress and secure learning for groups of learners that puts them back on course to meet or exceed national expectations. This support is carefully targeted according to analysis of need and is delivered by teachers or teaching assistants. Class teachers produce provision maps which states children’s targets and intervention activities. The progress of learners is closely tracked for impact. This support usually occurs outside (but in addition to) whole-class lessons, or is built into mainstream lessons as part of guided work. Children at this stage are considered to be at ‘school action’.

Wave 3

This is Wave 1 plus increasingly individualised programmes, based on independent evidence of what works. The expectation is to accelerate and maximise progress and to minimise performance gaps. This may involve support from our SEN team or pupil premium teacher. Sessions are usually delivered on a one-to-one basis to support learners towards the achievement of very specific targets. Children at this stage are usually considered to be at ‘school action plus’. Children at school action plus will receive an individual education plan (IEP), stating the areas of concern, targets and an outline of the support to be provided.

3. Outside Agency Support

The school works closely with outside agencies who offer us advice and children may receive extra support if they meet the specified criteria. The key agencies are:

  • SALT – Speech and Language Therapist.
  • CLASS – Communication, Language and Autistic Spectrum Support.
  • BLIS – Behavioural for Learning and Inclusion Service.
  • SpLDATS – Specific Learning Difficulties Advisory Teacher Service
  • EMAT – Equality, Multicultural and access team.
  • CAMHS – Child and Adult Mental Health Service.
  • Early Help – A team to support the whole family.
  • Hearing Impaired Team.
  • Visually Impaired Team.
  • Educational Psychologist – To observe and assess children whose needs have not responded to the interventions put in place for them.
  • School Nurse

4. Transition

Transition to Primary School

Before joining our school, if parents feel that their child has special educational needs or a disability they need to raise this initially with the appropriate class teacher. An appointment will then be made to see our SENDCo. Home visits may be carried out before children start primary school. This will be an opportunity for the class teacher to observe the child in their home setting and make some initial assessments. Start dates are staggered so that children can settle into school more quickly and so staff can work closely with a small number of children and carry out assessments. If a teacher has a concern about a child this will be raised initially with the parent and may seek support or advice from the SENDCo or other appropriate member of staff.

Transition between year groups

During the last term, children have a transition day, where they have the opportunity to meet their new teacher. Discussions will also take place between the class teachers about how best to meet the needs of the children moving up into their class. The SENDCo will also provide additional advice if necessary.

Transition to High School

We work very closely with our feeder school St. Damian’s RC Science College, as well as other high schools in which children have applied for. The Year 6 teacher, Mrs Bowker, has a transition meeting with the head of Year 7, where information about each child is passed on. We also invite the SENDCo from each high school concerned to discuss children with special educational needs or disabilities. Pupils and parents have the opportunity to visit high schools during their open evenings. Parents of children with special educational needs or disabilities are encouraged to speak with the SENDCo to discuss the support and provision that the high schools offer. A number of transition days take place during the last term of Year 6, where children get to familiarise themselves with the school and participate in a range of lessons. Where appropriate for children with SEND, additional visits (often with parents) will be arranged.

Our SEND Local Offer

Every local authority school has to display their offer of Special Needs Provision and services available for children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs. This is called the ‘local offer’.

The intention is to offer choice and transparency for families, as well as providing a resource for professionals to detail the range of services and provision locally.

Please find attached below a our ‘Local Offer’:

Our Local Offer for Children and Young People with SEND

SEND Contact Information

If you have any questions whatsoever relating to this SEND provision, please feel free to contact the school office or the following specialist staff:

  • SENDCo – Mrs J Bostock 
  • Headteacher  – Mrs Helen Hayes
  • SENDCo Support – Mrs Connaghan

SEND Policy

More information regarding SENDat OLMC can be found in our SEND Policy on the school policies page