Park Primary PRU: Local Offer 2016/17
The changes in the Children and Families Act 2014, specifically Part 3: SEND Code of Practice 2014 (updated January 2015) affect the way children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported in our PRU.
The new approach was introduced in September 2014 and places learners at the centre of planning.
The key principles of this legislation are:
At Park Primary PRU we have adopted these changes are committed to fulfilling the statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures of the SEND Code of Practice 2014 (updated January 2015).
Park Primary is a KS1 and KS2 Pupil Referral Unit. We specialise in supporting young people who have not been able to maintain a placement in their local school either due to a social, emotional or behavioural difficulty or a medical condition.
Learners at Park Primary PRU are usually within Range 5 to 7, as defined in the schools Threshold of Need Matrix. We admit children from across the Bradford district.
Park Primary PRU upholds children’s rights to education. We recognise the child as an individual and acknowledge that children’s needs change over time and require flexibility in our approach.
Our offer, therefore, is designed to ensure that barriers to equal access in our school are removed or overcome. We have brought about an offer that will provide opportunities for successful outcomes but one which provides support, encouragement and flexible resources to keep our community safe.
Our school motto is ‘Protect, Provide and Progress’.
We welcome engagement from our parents/carers and wider support agencies to bring about protection, provision and progression for learners of Park Primary so that they are well prepared for the future both as learners and citizens.
At Park Primary PRU we strive to provide a caring, friendly and safe environment for all of our pupils so that they can learn in a calm and secure atmosphere. We believe every pupil should be able to participate in all school activities to their best abilities in an enjoyable and secure environment and be protected from harm. This is the responsibility of all adults employed or invited to deliver services at Park Primary PRU. We recognise our responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all our pupils by protecting them from physical, sexual or social abuse, neglect and bullying. We are a safe school and we ensure that our children learn, share and grow together.
Park Primary PRU recognises that pupils placed on roll have experienced difficulties in responding to the day-to-day challenges of a mainstream school. They require personalised support in extending their range of emotional, social and behavioural skills and achieving appropriate learning outcomes.
Park Primary PRU aim to:
Teaching and learning
At Park Primary we recognise that children have preferred learning styles and so make allowances for this in our planning and delivery. We use a variety of teaching styles. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and learning style of the children.
Class teachers work together in groups according to their class abilities. They meet regularly to discuss and plan engaging and exciting topics that provide as much curriculum coverage as possible. Curriculum areas that cannot be covered in this way are taught discretely. Topics are decided upon based on children’s interests and National Curriculum objectives.
Opportunities for Speaking and Listening are optimised and basic skills, including scientific enquiry are delivered through this holistic approach to teaching.
Teaching staff do their upmost to enthuse the children and broaden their experiences of the topics via off site visits, visitors into the school and shared experiences of the wider school community.
Children’s achievements are celebrated regularly in the school through displays in classrooms and shared areas, structured play and interactive displays, in topic work books and during the schools weekly celebration assembly. Many classes also have a ‘Year in the Life of’ book which shows many of the engaging and extra-curricular experiences that the children have had.
Assessment & Curriculum Review
Half termly monitoring takes place in line with the whole school monitoring timetable through book & planning scrutiny and/or lesson observations where applicable.
Class teachers assess and record attainment and progress of the core subjects each half term (see Assessment Policy).
Children are assessed by:
Sharing educational progress and outcomes with parents
All children admitted to Park Primary will already have identified special education need, primarily for social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Additional needs may also be identified from previous school information, parental/carer input and staff observation.
Further assessments will be undertaken should any concerns be identified. This will ensure that pupil needs are recognised and understood and allow for appropriate provision to be established to promote progress.
Parent/carers receive weekly verbal updates on progress from class teachers. Updates on progress are recorded on Pupil’s Personal Education Plans (PLPs). PLPs will be reviewed on a half termly basis to ensure accurate assessment of progress and enable relevant targets to be set to promote further progress. Copies of pupil’s half termly targets will be shared with parents /carers and will also be discussed during regular communication between class teachers and parents/carers. Parent/carers views are actively sought and encouraged.
Pupils’ Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Education Needs, will be reviewed annually or more often where necessary. Parents/carers will be invited to attend reviews along with other involved professionals. The Annual SEN Review is an important opportunity for everyone involved with a child to assess and share pupil’s progress and ensure each child’s need are being met appropriately.
There are other opportunities to discuss progress such as our parent/carer consultation event but contact from parents/carers is welcomed at any time.
Pupil academic progress will be monitored half termly through class teacher assessment.
The Boxall Profile and Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire will each assess progress on a termly basis.
Positive Behaviour Management
Park Primary incorporate Positive Behaviour Management strategies within it’s daily practice as a means to promote behavioural choices and a sense of achievement. Essential within these strategies is the use of a Rewards system
Rewards in place at Park Primary
A combination of the following rewards will be used in each classroom and used at the discretion of adults:
2000 points = Silver Card and £2
3000 points = Gold Card and £2
4000 points = Platinum award and £2
5000 points = Ruby Award, £2
6000 points = Diamond Award, £2 and lunch with KR
Parent/carer involvement in their child’s education is seen a critical at Park Primary, a partnership we actively seek to maximise throughout the school year. Park Primary’s intention is to ensure all parent/carers feel valued by the school and that they recognise their integral role in their child’s progress and development.
To develop this partnership parents/carers are encouraged to attend regular school events ranging from coffee morning to parental teacher consultation days. Parents/carers will also be contacted by class teachers weekly in all matters relating to progress and wellbeing of their child in school. Contact from parents/carers is welcomed at any time.
Park Primary value to views of all their pupils and actively seek those views through interactions with staff. This is believed to be intrinsic element with Park Primary’s strategy in establishing positive relationships with pupils and gaining a greater understanding of children as individuals. Park Primary also gather pupil views on school life termly through the ‘Colour your Feelings’ questionnaire. The views of pupils can then be easily determined and appropriate interventions actioned to address any pupil concerns.
The Management Committee will ensure that they are kept fully abreast of their statutory responsibilities by attending training and receiving regular updates from the Headteacher and SENCo.
The SENCo and Headteacher will keep fully up to date about special education needs issues through attending training and cluster meetings. In addition, the SENCo will develop their skills through attendance at specialist training discussions with outside specialists. Park Primary SENCo, Martin Byron, is undertaking the new national SENCo training in line with statutory requirements.
The school will monitor its skills by reading and subscribing to professional bodies.
The wider teaching staff will be kept up to date informally by the SENCo and formally at staff meetings or via training sessions delivered by the SENCo and Headteacher.
Whole staff training opportunities will be identified to ensure SEN knowledge and skills are maintained and enhanced across the school.
Individual SEN training opportunities will be provided to members of the school staff to support CPD, develop understanding of SEN and enhance provision within school.
In order to meet the special education needs of Park Primary pupils the school works closely with a number of linked agencies. Agencies include:
A range of policies underpin our offer, including:
These are all available on our school website.