The amount of support that would be offered to a child who is on SEND Support is dependent on the type of support that is deemed suitable in order to help your child progress. The equivalent of up to 13.5 hours of additional support per week may be provided to a child who has a SEND Support Plan but most children would not need this level of support. The type of support available depends on the needs of the child, but we aim to integrate children for as much of the school day as possible. Support is often given in the form of small group work, support within the classroom in lessons, differentiation in lessons and extra support in other sessions, for example for reading or booster work. Examples of provision on SEN support:
- Changing the way lessons are planned and delivered;
- Matching activities to the ability / need of your child (differentiation);
- Adapting learning materials such as worksheets, books and activities to suit your child’s needs;
- Use of resources to support learning;
- Small group support;
- The teacher will work in partnership with you and the Inclusion Manager to find ways to support your child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how they can help their child at home;
- Consideration of your views will be important in planning for your child’s education. School staff will set targets for your child which will be shared with you during a review meeting. This will be recorded on a SEND Support Plan.
If your child’s needs are very complex and/or severe the school may ask the Local Authority to conduct a Statutory Assessment. This is a very detailed assessment of your child’s needs. You, the school and any professionals involved with supporting your child will all be asked to provide written reports. The Local Authority (LA) will then decide at a panel meeting whether the reports indicate a requirement for a EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan). As a parent you also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment.