Identification Process

The new SEND Code of Practice 2014 states that there are 4 types of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). These have been decided by the department for education.
  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, mental and emotional health
  • Sensory or physical
If a student has SEND, then their needs will fit into one or more of these categories.
 
The SEND Code of Practice 2014 says that a child has special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. At Littletown Academy, we recognise that:

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 him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
 
At Littletown Academy, we recognise that students make progress at different rates and not always in a steady linear pattern. Therefore, students are identified as having SEND in a variety of ways, including the following:
  • Liaison with primary school/previous school/nursery or pre-school setting
  • The student performing significantly below expected levels
  • Concerns raised by parent/carer
  • Concerns raised by teacher
  • Liaison with external agencies, e.g. physical health diagnosis from paediatrician
 
 
Identification Process:
 
We follow the recommended ‘Graduated Approach’ to supporting pupils with SEND. This involves a continual cycle of: assess-plan-do-review

Following the cycle of identification for our SEND pupils, if the interventions have not been successful and there is still a concern regarding your child’s progress, then the class teacher and SAFS team will write a My Plan.

A My Plan sets out the areas of need and what provision/resources we will put in place. The My Plan is a working document that you will be able to look at and discuss with both class teacher and SAFS team. The My Plan will be reviewed each term, at the review a number of outcomes could happen:-
  1. Your child has made progress in the identified are of need and therefore no longer requires a My Plan
  2. There is still a little progress to be made but the interventions and provisions set out in their My Plan are working, we then may agree to set some more targets and continue provision for a set period of time.
  3. Although there have been interventions and resources put in place over a set period of time, progress has not been made so we will then plan to make contact with our Education Psychologist for further advice.
You will be involved in the process at every step of the way.
 
At Littletown, we have strong links with a range of outside agencies. These include:-
  • Education Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • School Nurse
  • Communication & Interaction
  • Visual Impairment Team
  • Behaviour Support
  • Vranch House – Occupational Therapists