SEN Information Report
At The Halifax Academy we truly believe every child does matter. As a result of this, learning is differentiated to suit the needs of each individual student:
- Communication and Interaction Difficulties - all students with speech, language and communication difficulties are highlighted on the SEN/AEN register which is circulated to staff each term. Communication is embedded within the school ethos and as such, all students are encouraged to improve and progress in this area. Opportunities to improve communication skills are presented in all lessons, with a focus on speaking and listening including oral rehearsal for writing in the Primary phase. Communication is also one of the house values and as such, all three houses look at communication within the wider world. Specialist services are consulted regularly to provide advice and guidance. They are also invited into school to work with individuals or groups of pupils and work closely with families of children in Early Years and Key Stage 1.
- Cognition and Learning Difficulties - all students are supported to make progress. We use a variety of different assessment methods to regularly track progress including the use of the Derbyshire Tracker in Early Years, exam based assessments, extended writing and oral assessments. Students with cognition and learning difficulties are assessed in Year 10 and access arrangements for external exams are put in place as required. Successes are celebrated with students regularly. All lessons are differentiated; the use of Special Educational Needs Plans and Additional Educational Needs Plans inform Quality First Teaching. Accelerator and Impact groups are taught by specialist Primary and SEN teachers.
- Social, Mental and Emotional Health Difficulties - The Halifax Academy has a dedicated Education Welfare Officer to support students and their families. The academy also has access to a dedicated parent support service from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services to provide tailored support and guidance through the parent support programme. The SENCo works closely with the Pastoral Team to ensure all students receive the support they need. This includes one to one mentoring, group mentoring and support from house tutors. The needs of students are communicated to relevant staff and support from specialist services is readily available for students, staff and families.
- Sensory and Physical Difficulties - The Halifax Academy is in close liaison with several different specialist teams who support students in their learning. ICT equipment is made available to students to aid learning; both staff and students receive training regarding specialist equipment. All lessons are differentiated; the use of Special Educational Needs Plans and Additional Educational Needs Plans inform Quality First Teaching. Independence is encouraged both at home and school.
We welcome and encourage all parents and carers to participate in their child’s educational progress from the outset. The SENCo is available to meet by appointment and will also be available at all progress meetings. Any changes made to student SEN status will be in consultation with students and parents/carers. Secondary phase students are aware of the SENCo and their role within school. All pupils are encouraged to speak to the SENCo regarding any issues or worries they may have. The SENCo can be contacted at the school:
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
The Halifax Academy
Identifying and Reviewing SEN/AEN
The whole school has a responsibility for the identification and review of students’ needs in line with the guidance of the SEN Code of Practice 2014. Teachers will use the SEN referral form to pass on any students they have identified as requiring more support and intervention. The school employs the use of the Graduated Approach to identify and support students and their families. Students who are identified as having SEN are recorded on the Whole School SEN Register. Education, Health and Care Plans, Special Educational Needs Plans and Additional Educational Needs Plans will be used as appropriate to monitor and review progress for those on the Whole School SEN Register.
SEN students at The Halifax Academy are involved in an extended transition period. Primary staff make home visits and visits to early years settings, liaising with Portage services to plan for transition. The SENCO works closely with feeder primary schools to prepare students and their families for the transition to the secondary phase. A transition plan is formulated for each individual student dependant on their needs. We also take our commitment to prepare students for life at Post-16 and beyond seriously and are driven by the ‘Every Child Matters’ agenda. Students are encouraged to engage with the local community and the Connexions Advisor to plan for their future. All targets and predicted outcomes are based on the five outcomes from the ECM agenda:
- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being
Inclusive Teaching at The Halifax Academy
The Halifax Academy has developed the curriculum so it enables learners to maximise progress. Accelerator groups in Years 7 & 8 use Primary curriculums and resources to ensure all students are provided with the opportunity to improve Literacy, Communication and Numeracy skills. These skills are the basis of all lessons at The Halifax Academy. All staff differentiate lessons effectively according to the needs of the students. Special Educational Needs and Additional Educational Needs Plans are used to inform planning. Students are supported to participate in all aspects of school including extra-curricular activities. ICT equipment is used to support students with additional needs.
All staff at The Halifax Academy take an active part in their professional development. This is supported with both a CPD and coaching programme. Specialist services are used to facilitate staff training during different times of the year.
Evaluating the Success of Provision for Students with SEN
The following will be evaluated regularly:
- Progress against SEN priorities in the School Improvement Plan and Faculty Improvement Plan.
- Outcomes of provision made through review of students targets and tracking.
- Analysis of how and where the Inclusion Budget is being used to provide for students on the Whole School SEN Register.
Emotional and Social Development
All students at The Halifax Academy are involved in the House System. A Home School Liaison Officer provides pastoral support for children and families in the Primary phase. House teams provide pastoral support to Secondary Phase students. The Behaviour for Learning Policy allows explicit teaching of positive behaviour for learning through a SEAL approach. This is embedded across school in all lessons. Elements of the ‘Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning’ curriculum are delivered through Primary assemblies and PSHE lessons and through Secondary phase tutor time. All students are aware of their rights and responsibilities within The Halifax Academy.
The Halifax Academy operates a zero tolerance to bullying policy. Please refer to the Behaviour for Learning Policy for more information.
External Agency Involvement
The Halifax Academy has close liaison with local authority support services, health and social care bodies and voluntary sector organisations. External agencies work with the school to offer advice and guidance to students, families and school staff.
The Halifax Academy has regular contact with the following services who provide support and advice:
· ASD Service
· Hearing Impairment Team
· Visual Impairment Team
· Speech and Language Therapy
· Educational Psychologists
· Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service
· School Nursing Team
· Behaviour and Attendance
· Occupational Therapy
· Specialist Inclusion Service
It is the academy’s aim to remove barriers to learning for all students in its care through improving outcomes, raising achievement and enabling participation in the full life of the academy. Please refer to the local offer for more information regarding the support available at The Halifax Academy.
View the local offer information by following this link: Local Offer
To view the SEND Policy, please follow this link: SEND Policy
If you have any queries, please click here to view contact details for Claire Aaron, SENCo.