Newcomen Primary School is larger than average primary school and is oversubscribed. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than national average. At Newcomen, pupils are continuing to achieve significantly higher standards than others nationally and well exceed the government’s current floor standards. “There is very little difference in the progress of disadvantaged pupils, most–able pupils, pupils who have special education needs and/or disabilities, and boys and girls.”
(Ofsted July 2016)
At Newcomen Primary School it is a fundamental aim to help each pupil to develop to their full potential. Each child is unique and within every school there will always be a number of pupils, who for a variety of reasons, are classed as having special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
To reflect new legislation (SEND code of practice: 0-25 years) introduced in January 2015, more emphasis has been put on the views of our young people and their role in decision making. We consult with parents/carers at as early stage as possible to discuss their child’s particular needs. We also decide if we need to join in partnership with any other agencies, which may be involved in the pupil’s welfare. By working together, we can offer the best possible provision for all children.
At Newcomen Primary School our values reflect our commitment to a school where there are high expectations of everyone. Children are provided with high quality learning opportunities so that each child attains and achieves all that they are able to. Everyone in our school is important and included. We promote an ethos of care and trust where every member of our school community feels that they truly belong and are valued, working in partnership with parents and carers. We work hard to ensure there are no invisible children here, recognising and celebrating everyone’s uniqueness and success. We recognise learning in all its forms and are committed to nurturing lifelong learners. We are a safe school, committed to improving children’s confidence and self-esteem. We know that safe and happy children achieve.
Newcomen Primary School Accessibility Plan
At Newcomen Primary School, our values reflect our commitment to a school where there are high expectations of everyone. Children are provided with high quality learning opportunities so that each child attains and achieves all that they are able to. Everyone in our school is important and included. We promote an ethos of care and trust where every member of our school community feels that they truly belong and are valued. We work hard to ensure there are no invisible children here, recognising everyone’s uniqueness and success. We recognise learning in all its forms and are committed to nurturing lifelong learners. We are a safe school committed to improving children’s confidence and self-esteem. We know that safe and happy children achieve.
This Accessibility Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010. School Governors are accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.
The Equality Act 2010 replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that “schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”.
According to the Equality Act 2010 a person has a disability if:
- He or she has a physical or mental impairment, and
- The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day
The Accessibility Plan is structured to complement and support the school’s Equality Objectives, and will similarly be published on the school website. We understand that the Local Authority will monitor the school’s activity under the Equality Act 2010 (and in particular Schedule 10 regarding Accessibility) and will advise upon the compliance with that duty.
ation, review and reporting of progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.
What does ‘Special Educational needs and/or Disabilities’ Mean?http://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/web+full+list/22183a12ee478eff8025757d0043a57f
Our School’s SEN Policy and associated documentation complies with:
- section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014
- regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
- section 6 of the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years
If you want to complain about your child’s SEN support, you should do it while your child is still registered at the school.
- In the first instance, we request that you contact our SENDO or Headteacher to see if the matter can be resolved.
- If it cannot, please refer to the school’s complaints policy for further guidance.
The Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (2014)
A new duty in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice is being placed on Local Authorities from September 2014 and this is being referred to as the ‘Local Offer’. This means that Local Authorities must publish, in one place, information about provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 years of age who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.
The Local Offer must include both local provision and provision outside the area that the local authority expects is likely to be used by children and young people with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities for whom they are responsible.
The Local Offer has two key purposes:
- To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities available.
- To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and service providers.
The Local Offer forms a significant part of the new SEN Code of Practice and focusses on statutory duties for local authorities. The Local Offer is what goes on every day to support children and young people with SEN and how we ensure quality around this. This includes what we expect to be available in schools, colleges and other educational provision.
This Statement sets out, the responsibilities of the school, Governors and the Local Authority for meeting the needs of pupils and their parents/carers who have been identified as having Special Educational/Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
By law, the Local Authority has to publish the arrangements for children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and further details are available in the Local Authority Local Offer (please see below for a link to the Local Offer). All school receive funding in their budget to allow them to provide for pupils with SEN, and have the freedom to make the necessary arrangements using existing staff, or look for advice and support from outside the school. When a child has a special need, the school and its Governing Board are required to fulfil the requirements set out in the Children and Families Bill 2014 (a link to the bill is below).
If you would like further information about the support that Newcomen Primary can offer, please contact our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities co-ordinator (Mrs Woods) on 01642484318.