Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At Bowsland Green School we are committed to achieving the best outcomes for every child in our care. We recognise that every child is unique and that each and every child has differing educational needs. We work hard to provide a high quality and appropriate curriculum and ensuring that every child is included in all aspects of school life. We work with children to promote valuing diversity to prevent prejudice or discrimination through our Diversity Council. We help young people develop a sense of responsibility towards others through our Young Leaders, House Captains and the active promotion of our Bowsland Best Values.

Who can I talk to about my child and difficulties they have with learning or SEN&D? (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher first of all. The class teacher is responsible for checking your child’s progress and overseeing any additional support your child needs including targeted work or letting the Inclusion Leader know if there are concerns. They will discuss those concerns with you and then, if necessary, with the Inclusion Leader.

The Inclusion Leader (Michelle Engley) works in partnership with the Assistant SENco (Mr Freddy Clemo) to make sure that everyone in Bowsland Green School is committed to our principles of recognising individual needs and to sharing what we do with our community. She oversees the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEN&D) and for developing the school’s SEN & D Policy to ensure children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school. We work hard to involve children and their parents or carers in supporting your child’s learning and in keeping you informed about the support your child is getting. We also work hard to provide support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEN & D in the school achieve the best progress possible. This may include liaising with future providers of education to ensure a smooth transition to Secondary school is planned or with other professionals such as Educational Psychologists or Speech Therapists. Before a child with SEN & D starts school, we work with parents or carers and the people who have worked with the child to plan how we can best meet the child’s needs.

How do you support children with SEN & D at Bowsland Green?

Our main approach is in the class on a day to day basis through the use of high quality, personalised approaches known as Quality First Teaching.

  • Every teacher has high expectations for every child in their class.
  • Teaching is based on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
  • Active and interactive approaches are used to fully involve your child in learning in class.
  • Where necessary, specific strategies, equipment or other adaptations (which may be suggested by the Inclusion Leader or other professionals) are used to help your child to learn.
  • Your child’s teacher carefully monitors and identifies gaps in learning and gives extra support when needed to help children make the best progress.

This approach is used for all children in our school as part of our commitment to providing excellence in the classroom.

Sometimes, as part of our Graduated Response, children need a more targeted approach and benefit from specific intervention in a group or on a one to one basis. Where children are identified as needing an increased level of support, you will be involved in discussions to plan for possible ways forward. Examples of Intervention available at Bowsland Green include Forest Skills, Mentoring, Speech and Language therapy and Physical Skill Development programmes. Sometimes specialist equipment is used such as seating cushions or recording devices. Sometimes adaptations to the environment are required such as workstations or countdown timers. Bowsland Green’s building and grounds are wheelchair accessible. There are disabled toilets in each area of the school for children and an additional disabled toilet for adults. We have basic changing facilities but no shower. A copy of the Accessibility Plan is available here – Accessibilty Plan 2013-16

If your child has been identified by the class teacher, Inclusion Leader and outside agencies as needing a particularly high level of individual or small group teaching which cannot be provided from the budget available to the school, then an application for an Education Health Care Plan may be made. This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that are severe, complex and lifelong and cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching or intervention groups without a considerable amount of support. Usually your child will also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school such as the Inclusion Support Service, Behaviour Support Service or Sensory Support Service (for students with a hearing or visual need) or other professionals such as the Educational Psychology Service, Speech and Language therapy Service or CAMHS. Further information about the EHP application can be obtained from the Inclusion Leader or South Gloucestershire Council.

Where can I get extra support?

There are a number of parent support groups, please do not hesitate to come into school to be given details of these. The Deputy Head (Mrs Michelle Engley) is our lead for Pastoral care and can offer support around concerns with behaviour, domestic violence, financial difficulties or similar concerns.

South Gloucestershire’s parent/carer forum is Supportive Parents. This is an umbrella organisation for all parents and carers of children & young people with Special Educational Needs, disabilities and complex medical needs. They can be contacted through www.supportiveparents.org.uk

South Gloucestershire publishes a ‘Local Offer’. This outlines the services and resources provided beyond the school. Parents and Carers can find out about the council’s local offer by visiting www.southglos.gov.uk/localoffer

What do I do if I’m not happy with a decision or what is happening?

Please contact the person who is responsible for the decisions or actions you are unhappy with such as the class teacher or the Inclusion Leader. If you are not satisfied with the response then you should contact the Head Teacher (Ms F Kitchen). Should we be unable to resolve your complaint a meeting will be arranged with the SEN &D School Governor.

Details of how to make complaints can also be found on the above South Gloucestershire website