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Smithdown Primary School

Monday to Friday 9.00am- 3.15pm

A community Primary School for children aged 3-11

Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Worthington
Contact Position
Inclusion Manager
0151 709 6229

Where to go

Smithdown Primary School
Chatsworth Drive
L7 6LJ

When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Monday to Friday 9.00am- 3.15pm

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

 How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

• All pupils are rigorously tracked in literacy and numeracy. If there are concerns about progress or if any child needs extra support then this is identified early and acted upon. • The Assessment Co Ordinator ans the Inclusion Manager meet with class teachers half termly to discuss progress and any additional support children may need. The class teacher or the SENCO will then arrange to meet with the parent and discuss the best action to take. • If your child is new to our school then progress will be discussed with the previous school or nursery. • If you think your child has special needs and this has not already been identified by the school, then an appointment can be made to see the class teacher, SENCO or Head teacher and your child’s needs can then be discussed.

 How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

• All teachers use high quality teaching and adapt activities to support all pupils within their classes. This is monitored closely and if there are still concerns your child may be added to the SEN register. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) will then be put into place. Parents will be invited to be part of this process. • Throughout the school staff are trained in a number of behaviour and learning support strategies to help individual pupils with their needs. If we feel that the child needs more specialised support then, with parents’ permission, outside agencies will be invited in. • The school SENCO will keep in touch with all class teachers, Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Education Support Assistants and Learning Mentors and Curriculum Leaders to ensure that your child’s needs are being supported and targets in their Individual Education Plan are reviewed on a regular basis. The frequency of the support your child receives will depend on their level of need. • The SENCO or class teacher will involve you in all support plans for your child. School staff will measure the impact of the support given to your child and the progress your child is making.

 How will the curriculum be matched to my child's young person's needs?

• The school recognises that children are at different levels in their learning and learn in different ways. • To support all children the school delivers the curriculum in different ways. This may mean small group intervention or individual support. These interventions may be daily or two or three times a week and will vary from ten minutes to approximately forty minutes, depending on the intervention. Teachers monitor the success of these interventions, judging their effectiveness by the impact on pupil’s progress. • We understand that children learn at their own pace so we closely monitor progress using Individual Education Plans. All parents are invited to contribute to their child’s Individual Education Plan, and we will keep you informed of any progress that is made in meeting the targets in the plan.

 How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

• A concern will be raised by either the parent, the class teacher or any other adult working with the child • The pupils progress will be monitored and tracked closely • If there is concern regarding progress an IEP will be drawn up identifying targets and the curriculum will be adapted to suit the needs of the individual pupil. These will be regularly reviewed and parents involved throughout the process. • Interventions and small groups support may be put in place if pupil is still not making expected progress • We will review with you the impact of interventions and if appropriate access further support from Outreach services at the Primary Consortia • If your child requires additional specialist support, we will discuss with you the pathways to access this provision with can include Top Up Funding.

 What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

Smithdown has regular Governor standards meetings, this includes the HEad Teacher, Deputy HEadteacher, Assessment Co ordinator as well as parent governors. School are asked to provide reports and feedback of progress of SEND children. Smithdown also holds half termly progress review meetings with the Inclusion Manager and the Deputy Head teacher (Assessment Co ordinator). Smithdown has an open door policy for parents. Appointments can be made on request to discuss children's progress. Smithdown uses Classroom Monitor to track children's progress in class against age related expectations.

Parent training is often available through our Parent Link Worker.




 What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting/school/college

• The school can access specialist support from Earnest Cookson for children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Bank View, for children with Learning Difficulties and Abbots Lea for children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. • The school belong to an SEN consortia where we meet with other schools in the local area and discuss the best way to support our pupils. • The school receives support from the Educational Psychology Service and SENISS (Special Educational Needs Integrated Support Service).

• We can make referrals, with your consent, to many specialist services including CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and SLT (Speech and Language Therapy Service) and the Family Support Service

Smithdown has a full time Parent Link Worker Counsellor who can help parents with school transfers, parenting courses and a whole range of services. 

Staff have First Aid Training and Defibrillator training Senior First Aider administers medicines as necessary (Liverpool’s medicines policy) Named Safeguarding Officers.We have a school nurse drop in session and named staff who are trained to administer any medicines your child may need.

Smithdown employ a Play Therapist once a week and help to train Play therapists. These can do 1:1 and group work on issues such as bereavement, family in crisis, confidence, self esteem etc.

All staff are trained in child protection and are responsible for ensuring your child’s safety. • The school will keep in close contact with you about your child’s overall wellbeing. To support the development of positive behaviours and friendship groups we have a Buddy System where older pupils ensure that children are not isolated or bullied. • We use Circle Time to ensure that all children are listened to. • We have a School Council for children to share their views and ideas. •




 What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

• The SENCO attends Local Authority Briefings to keep up to date with any legislative changes in SEN and the most up to date practise and provision. This is then shared with all school staff within the weekly staff meetings • The SENCO and support staff can access training through their Primary Consortia. • All staff in the school receive ongoing training to meet the needs of all the children attending the school at any point in time. This may include Speech and Language, Dyslexia Training, ASD awareness training, etc. etc. • Training provided responds to the needs of the children and staff at any given time



 How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

• The school has an up to date Inclusion Charter Mark which acknowledges that all pupils are fully included within school life. • Where possible, provision will be made for all pupils to access all areas of the curriculum including extra-curricular activities. We will always contact you before a planned activity if we think your child may require additional support to meet required health and safety standards. This may involve a specific risk assessment to identify any additional support needs your child may have to ensure full participation.



 How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment

All schools have some level of accessibility for pupils and parents. (See accessibility plan on school website).

No child will be excluded from a school trip on the grounds of Special Needs or disability.



 How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life

• You will be invited to look around the school and meet significant staff should you wish to do so. Your child will  be invited to a stay and play before they start our nursery. • We will contact any early years settings, or other schools you child has attended to gather information about their needs. • Where necessary, we support pupils moving to new settings and Key Stages by making opportunities available to them to attend the new setting. • Where necessary we may develop a transition plan in partnership with you, your child, the new setting and specialist staff supporting your child to ensure that they enjoy a smooth transition. • For children in Year 6, a SENCO transition meeting takes place each summer term where information is passed to the receiving secondary school.



 How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

• The school’s SEN budget is allocated to meet the needs of the children on the SEN Register. • An Inclusion team meets every half tern to discuss pupil progress and next steps. • The progress and attainment of all children is tracked and resources are allocated according to need. • The SEN budget is used to ensure that sufficient numbers of school staff are employed, qualified and trained to support your child and to purchase specialist help if needed. For example, we purchase a Service Level Agreement with SENISS to support children who have specific learning difficulties. • We also use the budget to ensure that children’s individual needs are met from specific interventions and programmes, where appropriate.



 Who can I contact for further information?

If you require more information about our school please go to our school website: www.smithdownprimary.co.uk If you would like to talk to a member of staff please contact your child’s teacher, the SENCo or the Head Teacher. The Local Offer can be found in the Family Services Directory on the city council website: fsd.liverpool.gov.uk

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Address: Chatsworth Drive  Liverpool 

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