SEND Information Report

SEND Information Report for Happisburgh CE VA Primary School 2016-2017

Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEND


Welcome to our SEND information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND.) All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools, have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with SEND. The information published must be updated annually.

At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. This local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors, and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact this year are:

Julia Pestell             Head teacher and SENDCO.
Amanda Sands        SEND Governor
Lucy Shires             Chair of Governors

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Norfolk County Council, SEND changes web site

Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEND please speak to their Class Teacher or contact Julia Pestell our SEND/Inclusion Manager on 01692 650335

 Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEND

At Happisburgh CE VA Primary school we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see our Learning policy by clicking here.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all our learners, and staff continually assess children to ensure that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.

At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School, we value:

Learning for all.

How we identify SEND

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEND as:

“A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: 

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
  • (b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

If a learner is identified as having SEND, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.

Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, they may be worried about different things that distract them from learning.

At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEND. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.

Our SEND profile for 2016-17 shows that we have 22.7% of children identified as having SEND, and 1.2% of those have an Educational Health Care Plan in place.

17% of children are identified as having SEND linked to Cognition and Learning
15.3% linked to Communication and Interaction
3.8% linked to Physical and Sensory
(children often fall into more than one category)

Assessing SEND at Happisburgh CE VA Primary School

Class Teachers, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be the first to notice a difficulty with learning. At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carer and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will also support with the identification of barriers to learning. We have a range of assessment tools available within school and through our SEND consultant.

For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school and cluster we have access to various specialist services but may have to be commissioned from our school budget. We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described below:

The agencies used by the school include:

ASD specialist support team
Educational Psychologist
CAST (Child & Adolescent Support Team),
CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Attendance Officers
ATT, Access through technology services. (Profession or medical referral only)Point 1
Early Help
Virtual school for Sensory support, to support pupils with hearing/visual Impairment
Children’s Therapy Team (Speech & Language/Occupational/physiotherapy therapy)
School Nurse

As part of the Stalham Cluster we have commissioned an SEND Consultant for 1 days a week

We also have a teaching assistant who has time to deliver pastoral support for bereavement, friendship issues, dealing with bullying etc

The SENDCo is also able to carry out initial screening for visual stress.

What we do to Support Learners with SEND at Happisburgh CE VA Primary School

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Happisburgh CE VA Primary School are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher standards are at

Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:

  • Visual timetables
  • Writing frames
  • I-pads, lap tops or other alternative recording devices
  • Peer buddy systems
  • Positive behaviour rewards system

Each learner identified as having SEND, is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support is dependent on the individual learning needs, and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified. This support is described on a provision map, which although does not detail the individual learner names, describes the interventions and actions that we undertake at Happisburgh CE VA Primary School to support learners with SEND across the year groups. We modify the provision map regularly, and it changes every year, as our learners and their needs change. The provision map for 2015-16 is available on our website.

At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School we share the provision map with our colleagues in the Stalham Cluster so we can learn from each other, and demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEND. We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity.

Our provision map is shared with Governors who are able to ensure that we monitor the impact of these interventions on learning across the school.

Funding for SEND

Happisburgh CE VA Primary School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEND. This is described in an SEND memorandum. The amount of funding we received for 2016-17 is £22,566

The Stalham Cluster cluster of schools also receive funding from the Local Authority which is distributed as ‘top up’ funding for learners who require support that exceeds that available to the school.

The school received £13,500 from Stalham Cluster SEND funding for 2016-17.

Access to this funding is via a professional, SEND panel made up of representatives from schools within our cluster.

The Stalham Cluster of schools are committed to working together to improve learning for all, and we are able to share resources, training and moderate provision for learners with SEND. If you would like any further information on SEND in the Stalham Cluster please contact our SEND Manager through the school office.

How do we Find Out if this Support is Effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Happisburgh CE VA Primary School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEND. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENDCO, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.

Children, Parents/carers and their Teaching and Support Staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built in to the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has a Statement or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC plan,) the same review procedures take place, but the Statement or EHC plan will also be formally reviewed annually.

The SENDCO collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work.

Progress data of all learners is collated by the whole school and monitored by Teachers, Senior Leaders and Governors. Our school and cluster data is also monitored by the Local Authority and Ofsted.

Other Opportunities for Learning

All learners should have the same opportunity to access extra curricular activities. At Happisburgh CE VA Primary School in 2015-16 we are offering a range of additional clubs and activities. These can be found on our school web page or by contacting our school secretary.

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our Head teacher or SENDCO to discuss specific requirements.

All staff at Happisburgh CE VA Primary School work within the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victimise a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’

The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is:

“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (s)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-to day activities.”

Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEND, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEND. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEND and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies, please click here.

Preparing for the next step

Transition is a part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Happisburgh CE VA Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Planning for transition is a part of our provision for all learners with SEND. Moving classes will be discussed with the parents and child at their summer term review meeting. Transition to secondary schools of children with statements of EHC will be discussed in the summer term of their Year 5, to ensure time for planning and preparation.

Have your say

Happisburgh CE VA Primary School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEND report declares our annual offer to learners with SEND, but to be effective it needs the views of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please engage with our annual process to ‘assess plan, do and review’ provision for SEND.

Useful links

Norfolk County Council – Send Support in Schools
Parent Partnership