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HOW WE SUPPORT CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OR DISABILITIES

Our vision and how we hope to achieve it

Our mission at the London East Alternative Provision is to equip our students with the qualities that they will need for success whatever their destination.

 

To achieve this, we put high value on:

  • Knowing our students, their strengths, their needs and their progress.
  • Personalised planning, monitoring and reviewing intervention and progress on a regular basis.
  • Positive and respectful relationships
  • High‐quality teaching
  • Comprehensive information, support, advice and guidance to ensure students’ wellbeing

 

London East Alternative Provision is a multi‐site school providing alternative provision for up to 200 school‐aged children in Tower Hamlets who, for a variety of reasons, do not have a mainstream school place. Most young people are referred to one of our services by schools through the local authority.

While the majority of our students are aged 11 to 16, we do also provide for some younger students and for some post 16 in Individual Tuition and we have recently opened a bespoke Sixth form provision for up to 24 students.

 

Our Ofsted rating

Good (2) in all categories.

‘Leaders have ensured that there is a strong culture of safeguarding’.

‘All staff have appropriate and regular training’.

‘Effective relationships between staff and pupils result in a very calm and orderly atmosphere at all sites.’

‘There is clear evidence that you have made significant improvements to the consistency of teaching sine the pervious inspection’.

‘Pupils value the fact that staff recognise the effort that they make. One pupil said, ‘They do recognise it here and it is just nice’.

How we know if a child/young person has special educational needs

  • Consultation with schools that students have come from
  • Consultation with any other agency working with the student
  • Assessments onsite

In their first week at LEAP, all students undergo Induction. This includes:

‐ A meeting with the student and their family to hear understand and respond to their views, interests and aspirations

- Comprehensive detailed assessment (CAT4, NGRT, Speech Link) of the student’s academic needs

- Comprehensive and detailed assessment of the students’ strengths and attitudes to school- though a PASS survey and SDQ (strengths and difficulties questionnaire) which are then summarised in a Pupil Profile. The PP is to inform teachers’ planning.

 

• Students are allocated provision in one of the following centres:

- Harpley Centre – KS4

  • Main groups
  • Inclusion groups

- Third Base -KS3

- Inclusion Centre- Individual Tuition (IT)/ Small group

• At any time during a student’s stay at the LEAP, parents are encouraged to participate and are always welcome to raise their concerns

We track and monitor the following groups of students under the SEND remit:

  • Students with an EHCP
  • Students with diagnosed SCLN needs
  • Students with access arrangements
  • Students pending assessment for an EHCP
  • Students who are in our inclusion groups
  • Students in Yr12
  • K+ students at KS3

How we give students with SEND voice

All students have opportunities to have their voice heard, students have Keyworkers/Tutors who listen to their concerns and act on them.

Students with a statement of SEN or EHC plan have regular person-centred reviews which the students plan for and attend. They are invited to discuss their experiences at London East AP.

Regular contact is maintained with parents and the progress of their child is discussed on a regular basis.

Our aim is to form effective partnerships with parents and are consulted at every stage and to support their children.

A school council has recently been introduced; this has provided an additional platform for students to have their voice heard and students regularly participate in recruitment processes at LEAP

 

Support we offer for children’s/young people’s health and general wellbeing

Students at London East AP generally have significant and long-term needs. LEAP provides intensive pastoral key working for all students, taking their individual needs into account. This involves close work with families and other agencies. All students are referred to LEAP via the Early Help Assessment (EHA) and continue to be supported within it. Staff participate in multi-agency work and will often advocate for the young person and work closely with families to ensure education is successful.

The needs of some of our students can make it difficult for them to behave appropriately in school. We put great emphasis on prevention starting with building positive and trusting relationships with students and their carers. We aim to provide a curriculum and an environment in which the students experience success and see themselves as successful learners. Staff are trained to help students recognise their potential and to overcome barriers to learning, such as challenging behaviour.

We have a range of therapeutic offers, as well as a range of academic interventions, that we provide at LEAP for personalised and tailored responses to individual needs.

 

Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed

In London East AP, there are specialist staff who can meet literacy, language communication and emotional needs of students referred to us.

Support from staff will be offered to students where appropriate and the impact will be evaluated in house at the termly review with Key Worker.  Termly reviews include everyone working with a student so that external support can be discussed and included any further planning.

There are excellent links to external services in house present at LEAP and we meet as a team on a weekly basis to ensure that the needs of all children are being met. All allocations to services are made through this team and reviewed on a regular basis.

These services include: CAMHS, Speech and Language therapy, CSC, YOT, parental engagement officers, music therapy, Educational Psychologist to name a few

If it is felt that a student needs additional support, over and above what is offered, then referrals will be made to an external service to request further assessment. We can refer students to our school nurse, Safer London, Safe East or other external agencies we think will support the needs of the student, including the family.

Referrals to these services can be made at any time. These referrals will always be discussed with the parent and learner, prior to any additional assessment taking place.

If parents or students want extra support, they should speak to their Key Worker, Head of Centre or SENCO.

How we check that a child / young person is making progress and how we keep parents informed

Key Workers Reviews

Student progress at London East AP is informed by on-going teacher assessment of academic levels and attitude to learning. These formal assessments take place three times per year and will be used to judge progress towards the desired outcomes and assess the impact of current actions and interventions. If any intervention does not appear to be working when the student’s needs will be discussed at a panel meeting where an alternative intervention might be considered.

The student’s parents, London East AP Key Worker and other professions are part of this discussion and action plan for the following term. Pupils who are receiving 1:1 tuition have a weekly report from tutors, outlining work covered, attitude to work, attendance and punctuality. Tutors are I very regular contact with parents. Formal Academic Review Days are held once a term.

SENCO:

Where students are not making the progress expected, they may be referred to the London East AP SENCO by their Key Worker, teacher, tutor or parent. The London East AP SENCO will consider the current plan and provide advice and guidance. This might include referral of the student for more specialist assessment, e.g. of speech, language and communication needs or assessment by an educational psychologist. The results of these assessments will be shared with the student, parent and London East AP staff. If there is a need for further SEN support, a request for statutory assessment might be submitted with parental approval. This could lead the student to having an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The plans are reviewed at least annually at Need.

 

Support we offer for children’s/young people’s health and general wellbeing

Students at London East AP generally have significant and long-term needs. LEAP provides intensive pastoral key working for all students, taking their individual needs into account. This involves close work with families and other agencies. All students are referred to LEAP via the Early Help Assessment (EHA) and continue to be supported within it. Staff participate in multi-agency work and will often advocate for the young person and work closely with families to ensure education is successful.

The needs of some of our students can make it difficult for them to behave appropriately in school. We put great emphasis on prevention starting with building positive and trusting relationships with students and their carers. We aim to provide a curriculum and an environment in which the students experience success and see themselves as successful learners. Staff are trained to help students recognise their potential and to overcome barriers to learning, such as challenging behaviour.

We have a range of therapeutic offers, as well as a range of academic interventions, that we provide at LEAP for personalised and tailored responses to individual needs.

 

 

Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed

 

In London East AP, there are specialist staff who can meet literacy, language communication and emotional needs of students referred to us.

Support from staff will be offered to students where appropriate and the impact will be evaluated in house at the termly review with Key Worker.  Termly reviews include everyone working with a student so that external support can be discussed and included any further planning.

There are excellent links to external services in house present at LEAP and we meet as a team on a weekly basis to ensure that the needs of all children are being met. All allocations to services are made through this team and reviewed on a regular basis.

These services include: CAMHS, Speech and Language therapy, CSC, YOT, parental engagement officers, music therapy, Educational Psychologist to name a few

If it is felt that a student needs additional support, over and above what is offered, then referrals will be made to an external service to request further assessment. We can refer students to our school nurse, Safer London, Safe East or other external agencies we think will support the needs of the student, including the family.

Referrals to these services can be made at any time. These referrals will always be discussed with the parent and learner, prior to any additional assessment taking place.

If parents or students want extra support, they should speak to their Key Worker, Head of Centre or SENCO.

 

 

How we check that a child / young person is making progress and how we keep parents informed

Key Workers Reviews

Student progress at London East AP is informed by on-going teacher assessment of academic levels and attitude to learning. These formal assessments take place three times per year and will be used to judge progress towards the desired outcomes and assess the impact of current actions and interventions. If any intervention does not appear to be working when the student’s needs will be discussed at a panel meeting where an alternative intervention might be considered.

The student’s parents, London East AP Key Worker and other professions are part of this discussion and action plan for the following term. Pupils who are receiving 1:1 tuition have a weekly report from tutors, outlining work covered, attitude to work, attendance and punctuality. Tutors are I very regular contact with parents. Formal Academic Review Days are held once a term.

SENCO:

Where students are not making the progress expected, they may be referred to the London East AP SENCO by their Key Worker, teacher, tutor or parent. The London East AP SENCO will consider the current plan and provide advice and guidance. This might include referral of the student for more specialist assessment, e.g. of speech, language and communication needs or assessment by an educational psychologist. The results of these assessments will be shared with the student, parent and London East AP staff. If there is a need for further SEN support, a request for statutory assessment might be submitted with parental approval. This could lead the student to having an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The plans are reviewed at least annually at Need.

What we do to help children/young people with special educational needs (SEND)

All teachers have a responsibility for teaching students with SEND. Classes are small (maximum 10 students). Teachers plan lessons taking into

account count the needs of all their students.

Interventions

Students will be given additional support appropriate to their needs, this may include:

  • Individual Tuition 
  • In-class support
  • Small group teaching
  • LSA Support- including SEN LSA Support
  • Behaviour support in all areas
  • Target setting for all students-academic, social and personal
  • Pupil profiles for all students detailing SEND Needs and strategies to meet those needs
  • Counselling (In–house)
  • Literacy Intervention (Lexonics, Catch Up and occasional individualised tailored literacy for SPLD )
  • Numeracy intervention
  • Speech & Language support groups
  • Music therapy 1:1/small group
  • CAMHS on site
  • Speech and language therapy
  • 6thform provision

• Appropriate Curriculum which may include:

-Entry level core subjects

- OCR Modular test

- GCSE programme of subjects

- Vocational courses

• Programmed support offered by outside agencies are often used to support the work of staff; e.g.; CAMHS, Lifeline, Safer London and PREVENT.

• Exam access arrangements

All interventions are planned accordingly to need, and are reviewed termly.

The SENCO has overall responsibility for students with SEND. In addition, each student will have a keyworker or a tutor who will support them.

 

How we prepare for children/young people joining our school and leaving our school

When students first attend London East AP, they and their parents /carers are part of a thorough Induction Process. This includes a review of referral documentation, student and parent interview, assessment of current academic levels, strengths and needs. The Induction Team guide students and parents in the curriculum choices they need to make and a pathway which they will follow at the London East AP and in their return to school. Students will be placed in one of the following centres:

• Harpley (KS4)

• IT- Individual Tuition

• Third Base (KS3)

It is intended that students at Third Base will be reintegrated and supported to return to mainstream school. They will follow a curriculum with close pastoral support, which is designed to equip students with the skills and attitudes needed in mainstream. Some of the younger students will be assessed for additional needs and might then go to a school which is specially programmed to meet their needs.

All students participate in a careers programme and are also opportunities for students to attend a career’s fair. All SEND students have access to a career’s interview and students with an EHCP plan will also have a transition plan for moving onto further education

In year 11 all London East AP students will work with the Key worker and a London East AP Careers Advisor, to prepare for transition to Sixth Form, College or training in Year 12. This will include support to select appropriate courses and colleges, make applications to colleges, prepare for interviews and attend interviews.

If there are concerns about student post -16 plans, they will be referred to Early Help Hub who will continue to work with them when they have left LEAP

- Every year 11 leaver has an identified destination in further education, an apprenticeship or other training provision before they leave us.

- We continue to track students after leaving London East AP.

Some students we will aim to engage in our 6th form centre where we offer a combination of resits for maths and English alongside vocational offers. We are also in the process of building a range of links to outside provisions who will be able to offer apprenticeships.

The training our staff have had or are receiving

A strong programme of CPD is established by the Head. This is available to all staff at London East AP. A very comprehensive specialised medical programme lead by medical practitioners across the borough is also available to Key Workers/Teachers working with students. Continuing professional development is very important to us. It is approached strategically and is linked to individual staff appraisal. This training includes raising awareness and knowledge of specific additional needs. Recently, we have covered training in the area of speech, language and communication needs, ADHD, ASD and differentiation. SEN LSA’s have had training through Local Authority’s Support for Learning Service. There are three members of staff who have a Master’s Degree Level SENCO Qualification. Staff have also completed the Elkan Course.

 

Who to contact for more information or to discuss a concern

The first point of contact for all parents and carers is their child’s Key worker whom they will have met at the beginning of their times with us. If parents feel that they need to raise concerns, they will always find that our Centre Managers and other senior staff are approachable and responsive.

Parents wishing to discuss their child’s SEN can ask to meet our SENCO’s, Suzy Townsend (KS4/5) and Marianne DaCosta (KS3/IT) or Deputy Head teacher in charge of inclusion/Third Base- Claire Trevaskus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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