Local Offer Description
Local Offer last reviewed 06/11/2018
Identification of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
1.1: How does the school identify children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities?
The Emmbrook School works in partnership with parents/carers, primary schools and external agencies at transition. Ongoing teacher feedback is used to identify students who may have additional needs which require further investigation. We work closely with Wokingham Local Authority’s SEN Team too.1.2: What should I do if I think my child has SEND?
In the first instance contact your child’s Tutor, Year Head or the SEN Department at The Emmbrook School.
Support for children with special educational needs
2.1: If my child is identified as having SEND, who will oversee and plan their education programme?
Miss Kate Andrews, our SENCO, oversees Special Educational Needs provision at The Emmbrook School.2.2: How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
The Emmbrook School works in partnership with parents/carers. Parents/ carers are consulted throughout the school year, regarding their child’s progress and attainment. All provisions and support plans are regularly reviewed and revised as appropriate in consultation with parents/carers.
Parents/carers are very welcome to contact the SEN department with any concerns or questions they have regarding their child’s support.2.3: How will the school balance my child's need for support with developing their independence?
The Emmbrook School recognises the importance of all children as individuals and all children are supported to become independent learners.2.4: How will the school match / differentiate the curriculum for my child's needs?
The Emmbrook is a fully inclusive education setting in which high quality teaching is delivered by subject specialists. A holistic approach to learning together with differentiation and appropriate intervention ensures pupils are supported to achieve their potential. 2.5: What teaching strategies does the school use for children with learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech and language difficulties?
The Emmbrook School is fully inclusive and all staff are supported so that every student can access their lessons successfully. All work is differentiated and adapted resources are provided including modified classwork and examination papers, access to digital resources and ICT provision.2.6: What additional staffing does the school provide from its own budget for children with SEND?
It is the responsibility of every teacher at The Emmbrook School to teach lessons that suit the needs of every student in their class. Subject specialist Teaching and Learning Assistants (TLAs) support students in lessons. Intervention teachers deliver focused programmes to identified groups of students throughout the year. HLTAs provide focused intervention in English and Maths. Our Pastoral team support the emotional wellbeing of students.
2.7: What specific intervention programmes does the school offer to children with SEND and are these delivered on a one to one basis or in small groups?
2.8: What resources and equipment does the school provide for children with SEND?
|Type / Title||Intervention Type|
|Small group intervention in English and Maths
|Extra Support lessons with SENCO
|Break time social space
|You are Awesome nurture group
|Social Skills nurture group
|Strong Girls club nurture group
|Stop motion club
One to one
One to one
|Home School link book
One to one
The Base is our support centre for students where all intervention and 1 to 1 support takes place. Online intervention programmes are available. These include KAZ, a touch typing course and Doddle a resource for English, alongside MathsWatch. Laptops are made available to pupils who require the use of these to support their learning. All paper based resources are adapted where necessary to meet the needs of those with visual impairment. Visually impaired pupils have access to iPads and we have trained support staff who adapt work into Braille too.
Technicians in practical subjects (Science, Technology, and Creative Arts) ensure all students can engage in all activities.2.9: What special arrangements can be made for my child when taking examinations?
Exam access arrangements (EAA) are granted in line with guidelines issued by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to ensure all pupils are given a fair chance to demonstrate their ability in formal external examinations/assessments.
My child's progress
3.1: How will the school monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
Termly monitoring is completed using data from ongoing assessments in every subject and sent to parents. There is an opportunity to meet with subject teachers at a parents’ consultation evening each year.
The Emmbrook School’s parent portal can be accessed using the login details provided to parents on their child’s admission to our school. This enables parents monitor their child’s achievement and sanction points on a daily basis. Teachers update home learning tasks on our VLE ‘Show My Homework’ and parents can log in to this with their children to monitor and help with homework tasks.3.2: When my child's progress is being reviewed, how will new targets be set and how will I be involved?
Academic targets for all students in years 7 to 11 are set using Key Stage 2 data provided at transition. All target grades are communicated to parents during each monitoring cycle.3.3: ln addition to the school's normal reporting arrangements, what opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child's progress with school staff?
All teaching staff can be contacted using their school email address or via a phone call to the school office. 3.4: What arrangements does the school have for regular home to school contact?
At the beginning of the year, parents / carers have the opportunity to attend a Meet the Tutor evening to address any initial concerns. From then, tutors are the first point of contact at The Emmbrook School. They will ensure any concern is referred to the relevant staff member.
Parents / carers will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s subject teachers once a year at a parents’ consultation evening.3.5: How can I help support my child's learning?
At The Emmbrook School we value parental support highly. The parent portal provides an up to date record of achievement and sanction points which can be discussed with your child. All homework is recorded on our VLE ‘Show My Homework’ and should be checked daily with children at home. Allocating a quiet, calm space to complete homework would also be ideal. School planners should also be checked and signed weekly so that parents are aware of homework being set and any communication from tutors/teachers.3.6: Does the school offer any help for parents / carers to enable them to support their child's learning, eg. training or learning events?
No response given3.7: How will my child's views be sought about the help they are getting and the progress they are making?
Students meet regularly with their tutor to discuss progress and provide academic mentoring and support. Students are actively involved in creating their Pupil Action Plan that is shared with their teachers.3.8: What accredited and non accredited courses do you offer for young people with SEND?
All students engage with the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and are offered a wide range of GCSE courses at Key Stage 4.3.9: How does the school assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers and young people take part in this evaluation?
The Emmbrook School carefully monitors the development of individual pupils including social and interpersonal skills as well as academic progress. All pupils are set targets based on entry data and are expected to make good progress whilst they are with us. Termly monitoring reports are provided to parents for them to discuss with their children. If satisfactory progress is not made, or parents have concerns, these are addressed. We value input from our pupils and their views are actively sought and included in discussions.
Support for my child's overall well being
4.1: What support is available to promote the emotional and social development of children with SEND?
Registration is used to cover a variety of issues relating to the personal social and health education and wellbeing of pupils.
Teaching and Learning Assistants work with identified pupils to support them with school life.
Focused teaching is used to deal with sensitive curriculum matters within year groups and our Pastoral Team offer further support should this be required.4.2: What support does the school put in place for children who find it difficult to conform to normal behavioural expectations and how do you support children to avoid exclusion?
At The Emmbrook School, it is important to have restorative practise built into our behaviour policy as it is vital for all students to have the opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and reintegrate into the classroom. This support is used in conjunction with the school behaviour and rewards system. When necessary, we create bespoke behaviour support plans for students who find it difficult to conform to our behaviour expectations. Regular contact with parents/carers is maintained to enable students to manage their behaviour and we work with external agencies when necessary.4.3: What medical support is available in the school for children with SEND?
Pupils with short and long term medical needs are supported by a Medical Care Plan that is shared with relevant staff members. Medical Exit Passes are issued to pupils who may need to exit lessons to attend to medical needs.4.4: How does the school manage the administration of medicines?
Parents/carers complete an authorisation form, which is kept alongside the named medicines in school. Reception staff keep these medications safe, and administer to pupils as detailed on the form.4.5: How does the school provide help with personal care where this is needed, eg. help with toileting, eating etc?
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Specialist services and expertise available at or accessed by the school
5.1: What SEN support services does the school use, eg. specialist support teachers, educational psychologists, teachers for hearing impairment and visual impairment, ASD advisory teachers, behaviour support teachers etc?
A variety of SEN support services are accessed by The Emmbrook School to support our pupils. These include an educational psychologist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, ARC counselling service, Just Around the Corner (JAC), Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and ASSIST (support for Autism/Aspergers). We work together with these external agencies to ensure the best outcomes for our pupils. The SENCO leads regular training sessions, and we invite external agencies to lead training sessions, to ensure that all staff are aware of how to support every student in their classrooms.5.2: What should I do if I think my child needs support from one of these services?
Contact our SENCO or SEN Manager. If applicable, discuss your concerns at the child’s annual review meeting.5.3: How are speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services provided?
The Emmbrook School works collaboratively with many external agencies to support our pupils. School staff are trained in OT and speech and language. Where necessary, staff external agencies are consulted in order to arrange the most suitable support. Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists visit the school, meet with pupils as appropriate and following assessments, provide reports to outline further actions.5.4: What should I do if I think my child needs to be seen by a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist or physiotherapist?
Referral to occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language can be arranged through your GP.5.5: What arrangements does the school have for liaison with Children's Social Care services?
Our Pastoral Team liaise with Children’s Social Care Services.
Training of school staff in SEND
6.1: What SEND training is provided for teachers in your school?
The Emmbrook School has a programme of continuous professional development (CPD). Staff receive regular training in order to effectively support all students in our school.6.2: What SEND training is provided for teaching assistants and other staff in your school?
Regular training is provided and information disseminated to staff to ensure knowledge and expertise is shared within school. External courses are attended too.6.3: Do teachers have any specific qualifications in SEND?
6.4: Do teaching assistants have any specific qualifications in SEND?
Mrs Lowerson is qualified to undertake Examination Access Arrangement Assessments and has gained the CCET and CPT3A qualifications.
Activities outside the classroom including school trips
7.1: How do you ensure children with SEND can be included in out of school activities and trips?
The Emmbrook School is a fully inclusive school and all students are given equal access to school activities and trips. Where there is a medical or SEN need, suitable support is provided to allow students to participate in school trips. Risk assessments are carried out when required.7.2: How do you involve parents / carers in planning the support required for their child to access activities and trips?
Parents / carers are consulted on their child’s needs and medical requirements. Student information is shared with all trip staff to ensure a safe and successful trip.
Accessibility of the school environment
8.1: How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
At The Emmbrook School, there are ramps at the entrances to our Languages and Science blocks. Our Maths block has a lift to the first floor, and our Languages block has a lift providing access to first and second floor classrooms as well as a link corridor to first floor Humanities, Business and Special Educational Needs departments.
Relevant classrooms are labelled with braille signs to ensure that those with visual impairment are able to move independently around the school site.8.2: Have adaptations / improvements been made to the auditory and visual environment?
Throughout the school, adaptations have been made to accommodate pupils with auditory and visual impairment. Teachers of pupils with a hearing impairment use a radio microphone and the school site has been adapted with access rails, specialist equipment in classrooms and yellow lines on outdoor steps. Stairs within school have an edge strip to enable access.8.3: Are there accessible changing and toilet facilities?
The Emmbrook School has disabled toilets throughout the school and a disabled changing facility in the PE department.8.4: How do you ensure that all the school's facilities can be accessed by children with SEND?
Every child is entitled to access their school environment independently. The Emmbrook School has an accessibility plan which is regularly reviewed and updated by governors.8.5: How does the school communicate with parents / carers who have a disability?
Regular communication with parents /carers is maintained throughout their child's time at The Emmbrook. 8.6: How does the school communicate with parents / carers whose first language is not English?
At The Emmbrook School, we complete an initial assessment with all new students. This information is shared with class teachers so they can support students effectively. All new students are provided with an EAL handbook with key information about the school day. Intervention and resources are provided where needed.
Preparing my child to join the school or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life
9.1: What preparation will there be for both the school and my child before he or she joins the school?
The Emmbrook School’s Transition Manager, Mrs S Hodgson, visits all Year 6 students in their primary schools. All Year 6 students in the Wokingham Borough attend a transition day at their chosen secondary school in the summer term.
Additional transition visits are organised for students with additional needs.
Extra transition visits are organised for identified groups of pupils with additional needs. Invitations to these groups are issued to parents/carers via the child’s primary school.
Individual transition visits can also be arranged to support smooth transition from primary school.9.2: How will my child be prepared to move on to the next stage within school, e.g. class or key stage?
Information evenings are offered at The Emmbrook School in Year 8 to provide guidance on choosing GCSE subjects and during Year 11, to choose post 16 options. Additional support is provided for students in order to ensure they are confident about their choices.9.3: How will my child be prepared to move on to his or her next school?
Students are provided with guidance and support from their tutor and the SEN team to enable them to prepare them for their next steps in education.9.4: How will you support a new school to prepare for my child?
To ensure a positive transition to a new school, all SEN information and details of Examination Access Arrangements (EAA) will be provided. We will pass on relevant monitoring and assessment data to a new school too.9.5: What information will be provided to my child's new school?
School history, SEN information and details of EAAs granted will be provided in full to the new school. This data is used to ensure a positive transition into secondary school. 9.6: How will the school prepare my child for the transition to further education or employment?
Who can I contact to discuss my child ?
10.1: Who would be my first point of contact if I want to discuss something about my child or if I am worried?
Tutors and Year Heads are the first point of contact for parents/carers. Educational issues limited to subject areas should be communicated to the relevant subject teacher.
Concerns regarding special educational needs should be addressed to our SENCO or SEN Manager.10.2: Does the school offer any specific support for parents / carers and families (such as Family Support Workers?)
10.3: What arrangements does the school have for signposting parents / carers to external agencies which can offer support, such as voluntary agencies?
Our Pastoral Manager can provide relevant contact details to parents/carers where is it felt a young person or family may need to access support from external agencies.10.4: What arrangements does the school have for feedback from parents, including compliments and complaints?
At The Emmbrook School we value all feedback from parents/carers. The first point of contact should be via Tutors or Year Heads or if the feedback is subject specific, directly to the teacher.
If necessary, there is a formal complaints procedure detailed on the school website.
School Admissions and Policy Documents
11.1: School admission arrangements for children with special educational needs and disabilities
11.2: School Accessibility Plan
11.3: Special Education Needs Policy