Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information

 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities known as SEND describe the needs of a child or young person who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning much more difficult for them than for other children their age.

SEND can affect children in a number of ways:
• Their behaviour, emotional state or ability to socialise - for example they struggle to make friends or have certain anxieties. This may also include difficulty with concentration and attention (due to specific conditions such as ADHD)
• Understanding and learning - They may have specific difficulties in learning for example: difficulty with reading and
writing (Dyslexia)
• Communication and interaction (speech and language – expressing themselves or understanding what is being said)
• Physical ability or sensory needs (their ability to move without assistance or perform fine motor tasks / how the environment
impacts on them – noise levels, colours, touch etc)

For further information on SEND please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an appointment
and we will be happy to help.

Families

We are family centred at Moorhouse and if you have any concerns about your child please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an appointment to discuss these further. We will meet with you and your family to discuss how we
will investigate any Special Educational Need further and families will be always part of any decisions made to provide support for
your children in school. We will also provide advice on how to support your child at home and help you to make contact with any of
the local services that may be on offer to support you and your family further.


School staff

School staff may identify special educational needs and / or disabilities in a child for a number of reasons. This could be a concern about a child’s progress, behaviour or understanding in school. All concerns about children are recorded and once concerns are
raised we will investigate to ensure that any needs are identified in order to provide for our children.


Children already identified as having Special Education Needs and / or Disabilities

When new children move to our school we should receive information from the previous school about any Special Educational Needs
and / or Disabilities. We also meet with new families and any concerns raised about children will also be taken into account. Families will be involved in any decisions made about further support for their children. If you are planning to move your child to our school please contact office@moorhouse.rochdle.sch.uk and we will meet to discuss what support your child had at their last school and
what we can do to support your child in their move to our school.

Once concerns have been raised about a Special Educational Need by families and / or school staff, there are a number of ways to assess the child’s needs. How your child will be assessed will depend entirely on the child and you will be consulted on any
assessment.

For further information on ways we may assess if your child has Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an appointment and we will be happy to help.

Wave 1 provision

This is what we do as a school to help all children in their learning. These include:
• High quality teaching for all (referred to as Quality First Teaching)
• A broad and balanced curriculum
• Universal equipment such as ear defenders or coloured screens
• Visual timetables

Wave 2 provision

When children need more support than wave 1 we offer support in smaller groups called interventions. These interventions are
offered in a number of different ways that a child needs support in; they include:

Maths

• First class at Numbers
• Success at Arithmetic
• Gap teaching using Assertive Mentoring stages
• Precision monitoring


Writing

• Write Dance
• Pirate writing
• Dragon writing
• Reading/Phonics
• Toe by Toe
• Direct Phonics
• Precision Monitoring
• Code X


Reading

• Beanstalk reading
• Reading volunteers
• Speech and language
• Language Link
• Black Sheep resources – see Complex Needs team care plans
• Lego therapy


Social skills

• Dinosaur School
• Rainbow room nurture groups
• Dinner time club
• Peer massage


Gross and fine motor coordination

• Occupational Therapy sessions known as OT
• Playdough disco
• Outdoor learning
• Forest schools
• Physical Education
• After school sports clubs


Wave 3 provision

This is when a child needs one to one support in school.
This may be for a short or longer amount of time and may be in or outside a class.

Some 1:1 support that takes places outside of class:

• Precision Monitoring – smart targets across any area
• Toe by Toe (phonics/reading)

For further information on the waves of provision please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us at school to make an appointment and we will be happy to help.

We use a wide range of equipment including individual workstations; visual timetables; support for communication; move and sit
cushions; pencil grips; countdown timers and a range of sensory resources for pupils who need it. We also use a range of software
including: clicker 7, IDL dyslexia intervention, Speech/Language Link, education city, TT Rockstars and Purple Mash.

We have access to a range of resources provided by the Rochdale Additional Needs Service as and when it is deemed necessary.
For example, magnifiers, microphones, switch etc. We also have access to specific resources from one of our partnership special
setting schools – Springside.

For further information on the equipment we provide please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an appointment and we will be happy to help.

Where appropriate children will have Individual Education Plans known at IEPs. These IEPs are written by class teachers with
families and children; they will include targets for the children to make progress and details of how this progress will be made.
IEPs will be reviewed with children and their families through IEP meetings, parent evenings and reports that go home throughout the year.

For further information on IEPs we provide please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an
appointment and we will be happy to help.

All teachers and teaching assistants have attended specific training about Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Condition (known as ASC)
Sensory Processing and Emotional Well-being. They have also attended ‘taster’ training for supportive technology – Clicker 7.

As part of our ongoing programme of staff training and our commitment to sharing information, we assign 1 staff training session
per term for SEND.

Certain classroom support assistants have attended in depth training for the use of clicker 7 to support children in their writing.
We also offer training for staff in supporting specific children if required (e.g. selective mutism)

All teachers and teaching assistants have attended specific training about Dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Condition (known as ASC)
Sensory Processing and Emotional Well-being. They have also attended ‘taster’ training for supportive technology – Clicker 7.

As part of our ongoing programme of staff training and our commitment to sharing information, we assign 1 staff training session
per term for SEND.

Certain classroom support assistants have attended in depth training for the use of clicker 7 to support children in their writing. We also offer training for staff in supporting specific children if required (e.g. selective mutism)


How we assess children’s progress

Children have access to a wide range of assessments in school. We use our online assessment system known as FROG to record
children’s progress in all of the subjects in school. To see your child’s progress and their next steps in learning log in here.

If you are unsure of your log in details please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us at school and we will be happy
to help you log on.


Bi-weekly

We offer maths and grammar assessments every two weeks to check recent learning in school.


Half termly

We offer assessments every half term in maths, reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling. These assessments measure
the children’s progress and show the next steps in their learning.


Writing Moderations

Every term class teachers share their children’s writing and the assessment of it with teachers from the network of 12 schools
that we belong to. These meetings known as writing moderations are an opportunity for teachers to mark each others children’s
work and check that they are being assessed appropriately.


P scales and PIVATS

The National Curriculum may not be appropriate for all children. In this case we may use P scales to measure their progress. Within some of the P scales of progress there are steps to achieving the P scale know as PIVATS. For example, a child made be working
within P scale 1 in English at the first PIVAT – known as P1e. Once they have completed this PIVAT they will move on to P1d. After P1a, a child will move on a P scale to P2.

For further information on P scales and PIVATS please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an
appointment and we will be happy to help.


Pupil Progress Meetings

The head teacher and deputy head teacher in school, known as the Senior Leadership Team or SLT, will hold meetings at least once a term with class teachers to look at the progress of all children in a class. At Moorhouse we hold these meetings 4 times a year.
This is when each child’s progress is reviewed as well as the next steps in learning for each of the children to make progress.

We will always monitor children and discuss concerns with parents at the earliest opportunity. We will plan a specific approach to
supporting individual needs and where progress is not being made will then look to involve the advice of other professionals e.g.
Educational Psychologist or RANs. (Rochdale Additional Needs Service)

Specialist staff

We have support from specialist teachers and support staff for accessing the curriculum and extra work on SEND related needs
(speech, language and communication; hearing impairment; visual impairment; behaviour related needs; severe learning difficulties;
autism)


Our school network

The Inspirational Professional Learning Community Network known as the IPLCN share ideas and support each other in how to best meet the needs of all of our children. The SENDCo’s from each school in this network meet termly and are always available for
advice and support.


Speech and Language Therapy

We are supported by Speech and Language Therapy known as SaLT to train our staff and advise on supporting our children. We
refer children for their assessment if required.


Occupational Therapy

We are supported by Occupational Therapy known as OT for children who require assessment in their fine and gross motor
coordination; advise on equipment needed such as special seating or activities to support our children.


#Thrive

We are supported by #Thrive in supporting children with their mental health through staff training in school.


Health Professionals

We are supported by the Physical Development team at Rochdale Additional Needs to support specific children – they help us adapt our school to meet all of our children’s needs. For example, seating arrangements and specialised equipment. We are also supported by a wide range of other health professionals to support all children with a range of needs including genetic conditions. Our school nurse offers drop in sessions termly and works closely with us to share relevant information between health and school.

Moving on to high school is a challenging time for children and we support children in this time known as transition to ensure they
are prepared to leave our school.


Contact with high schools

We maintain contact with local high schools that our children attend. We meet with and share information with high schools to
ensure that all of our children are supported in their transition and provided for at high school. We always identify key members in school to support transition. For example, learning mentors and a nominated ‘buddies’.


Visits to high school

Where necessary visits are arranged and reduced hours agreed if required for a better transition to high school. we have good links with our main feeder school Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College. Our year 6 work with Hollingworth on various projects as part of their transition; this work begins in Year 5 when the children visit for a day.


High school visitors

Learning Mentors from Hollingworth Business and Enterprise College arrange a number of visits to our school to support transition and we identify children who would benefit from some extra support.

For further information on transition to high school please contact office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school to make an appointment and we will be happy to help.

Core funding

All Schools receive funding for all children with Special Educational Needs, this funding is used to support children in the
different waves of provision including equipment. The local authority may contribute to very expensive items of equipment.


Education and Health Care plans

If a child requires more than the core funding to meet their needs then it may be suitable for the school to apply for an Education and Health Care Plan known as an EHC plan. Families and children will always be involved in the process and writing of any EHC plan. If successful, the EHC plan can provide extra support for children. families may also apply for an EHC plan themselves if they wish.

For further information on additional funding please contact us at office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us in school and we
will be happy to help.

Children’s views are very important and it is important that children are listened and satisfied with what happens.

In school, Mrs Howard is our designated pupil advocate. She will follow up children’s concerns and ensure children are listened to in school.

The Youth Service provide support for young people with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities so that their voice is heard http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=12364

Support groups

There are a number of family support groups http://rochdale.fsd.org.uk/kb5/rochdale/fsd/home.page
The family forum is called Family Voice. They can provide information, training and support for families. They are involved in policy and decision making within Rochdale. http://www.theparentforum.co.uk/


#Thrive

#Thrive offer services, support and advice for families; they run a drop in service for families and children who may be having
difficulties http://healthyyoungmindspennine.nhs.uk/thrive/


The Local Offer

Rochdale Borough Council has a directory of services known as The Local Offer available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities. http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/special-educational-needs/Pages/send---the-local-offer.aspx

If you would like further information on extra support for families or finding what is available in the local offer please contact us
of office@moorhouse.rochdale.sch.uk or visit us at school and we will be happy to help.

Your first point of contact is always the person responsible in school – this may be the class teacher or the SENDCo. Explain your
concerns to them first. If you are not satisfied that your concern has been addressed - speak to the head teacher, then ask for
the school governors representative. (SEND link governor) If you do not feel the issues have been resolved, we will provide
information about our Pupil Appeals Sub-Committee.

If your concern is with the local authority, follow a similar path. The local authority has a panel of senior managers who consider
unresolved issues – we call this the Escalation and Resolution Panel. They will offer you an independent mediator if you are still not satisfied. This person will act as a mediator in a meeting with the person you need to reach an agreement with.

SENDiass (Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice Support Service) provides free confidential and impartial
information, advice and support to disabled children and young people aged 0-25, those that have or may have special educational
needs, and their parents. Phone: 01706 769634

Here are the download links for our SEND related policies and our full Special Educational Needs and Disabilities information report

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 Moorhouse Autism Policy 2018 - 2019.docDownload
 Moorhouse Primary School SEND Information Report 2018 - 2019.docxDownload
 Moorhouse SEND Policy 2018 - 2019.docDownload
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Rochdale Borough Council has a directory of services known as The Local Offer available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities. Please click to see The Local Offer