Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Our SEND co-ordinator (SENCo) is: Hannah Cook, Deputy Head Teacher. Mrs Cook is currently on maternity leave and so Mrs Rebecca George is the Acting SENDCo in her absence. We use the services of the following specialists:

  • Educational Psychology – Dr Anita Soni
  • Pupil and School Support – Jo-Anne Dowson
  • Communication and Autism – Mark Hill

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 require Hill West Primary School to publish certain information regarding our provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). At Hill West Primary School, we hope parents and carers of current and prospective pupils find the following information helpful. We encourage all interested parties to contact the school for more information.

 At Hill West Primary School, every child is unique and has individual needs. The majority of these needs can be supported through highly effective differentiation, personalisation and quality first teaching strategies, however, some children may require additional support to meet their needs and to ensure they make progress in their learning. For those children with more complex and significant needs, we may involve external agencies to support class teachers.

At Hill West Primary School, we make provision for pupils who have any of the following needs:

  • Cognition and learning – Children who find learning, thinking and understanding harder than most other pupils
  • Communication and Interaction – Children who find it difficult to interact with others and the world around them
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties – Children who find it difficult to manage their emotions and behaviour in a way that affects their everyday life
  • Sensory and/or physical needs – Children who have a disability that may make it difficult for them to manage their everyday life without changes to the physical environment or support through a range of personalised resources.

At Hill West Primary School, we identify and assess pupils with SEND in a variety of ways. We know that children need additional help if:

  • Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers, or the pupils previous school
  • There is a lack of progress in the child’s learning
  • There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour
  • The pupil asks for help

We also use the following to inform our assessments:

  • Observations
  • School based test results/teacher assessments
  • Information from parents/carers
  • Information from the pupil
  • Specialised assessments carried out by one of our external agencies
  • Information from a previous school or Nursery setting
  • Results from end of Key Stage assessments
  • Discussions with the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant

In line with the SEND Code of Practice, the school takes a graduated response in identifying children with additional needs, with a key focus on early identification where possible. We work together with parents/carers at all stages of the graduated response. Our pupils with SEND are set personal learning targets specific to their needs; these are derived from the four areas of the code of practice and informed by learning continua for speaking and listening, reading, writing and mathematics. We evaluate the effectiveness of our SEND provision by regularly reviewing the personal learning targets through the individual continua. Our expectation is that all children make at least expected progress from their starting points by mastering criteria identified for them on their continua.  

All children’s progress, including key groups such as pupils with SEND, is tracked through our internal tracking system and children’s progress in not only monitored against the continua but also against the year group curriculum objectives as outlined on their personal learning journeys.   Within school, we also use a range of standardised assessment tests to inform classroom practice.

Pupil progress is shared with parents in a number of ways:

  • During parent consultations
  • Termly report cards
  • Work sharing evening
  • Parent/pupil/teacher conferencing
  • End of year reports
  • Learning profiles
  • Continua
  • Child centred reviews.

On-going training and support from the SENCo and our external agencies, means that all school staff have the knowledge and confidence to support pupils with SEND through quality first teaching strategies, using a tailored and personalised approach to meet the individual needs to the pupils in their class.  Where a pupil requires additional support to ensure that their needs are met, small group or individual support is used. This is often referred to as an intervention. The effectiveness of interventions are continuously evaluated and reviewed.

We adapt the curriculum for pupils with SEND in the following ways:

  • Providing additional resources (visual, practical and kinaesthetic)
  • Using alternative methods of recording (ICT, recording devices, pictorial, using scribes)
  • Providing specialised equipment
  • Using a language and literacy toolkit to assess the next smaller steps in learning
  • Personalising learning

All staff have received training in emotional, mental and social support linked to Attachment and emotion coaching. This has been led by our Educational Psychologist, Dr Anita Soni, who also supports staff and pupils with their emotional, mental and social well-being.

Our aim is to involve parents at every step of the SEND journey for their child. Parents will co-construct their child’s Single Page profile together with the class teacher. They will also be involved in the reviewing process. Where external agencies are involved, parents will meet regularly with the agency lead and reports will be shared.

We work with the following bodies to ensure the best possible provision for pupils with SEND:

  • Health professionals for any pupils with SEND of a medical nature 
  • Educational Psychology – Dr Anita Soni – for pupils with Social and emotional needs 
  • Communication and Autism Team – Mark Hill – to support pupils with communication and interaction difficulties and those with a diagnosis of Autism. 
  • Pupil and School Support-Jo-Anne Dowson – for SEND pupils with difficulties around language and literacy

Parents of children with SEND may find the following additional services helpful:

  • Birmingham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) 0121 303 5004
  • Autism West Midlands 0121 450 7582
  • Bereavement Counselling – Winston’s Trust 0845 2030405
  • Birmingham Families and Safeguarding Team 0121 308 1888
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service 0121 465 5400
  • Educational Psychology Service 0121 303 1792
  • Edward’s Trust 0121 456 4838
  • Barnardos 0208 550 8822

Transition meetings happen on an annual basis with all pupils on the SEN register and those coming up from a Nursery provider.  Transition forms are completed by parents, pupils and the school. Additional visits are arranged at receiver secondary schools for pupils with SEND. The transfer of pupil information happens at every stage of transition to support pupils in their next phase of learning.

For more information regarding the Hill West Primary School’s SEND provision, please contact Hannah Cook, on 0121 308 5392.

For further information about SEND services available in Birmingham please follow the link below which will take you to Birmingham’s local offer.