Schools use criteria about expected progress to decide when the child isn’t making enough progress so they can arrange extra support. The criteria are used to make it fair when schools are deciding which children should have more or less help.
Sometimes children don’t make enough progress or continue to have difficulties managing in school, even with extra support. In these cases schools will get advice from other professionals. This might include further more detailed assessment so that good advice can be given to the school and family. You will always be given copies of any reports written about your child and be able to discuss them.
Examples of additional and extra help for pupils with SEND:
- Individualised targets set for the pupil following discussion between school, pupil, parents and other professionals.
- the SENCO involved in assessing, planning and reviewing progress.
- making a task different so it is manageable, for instance a pupils with literacy difficulties might show learning by making a poster rather than writing an essay.
- regular planned support from the teacher, teaching assistants and the SENCO.
- flexible group work to support individual learning targets.
- individual sessions or small groups for literacy and numeracy.
- social skills groups*
- changes made to the classroom such as a quiet study area, reducing glare by putting up blinds or putting soft feet on chairs to reduce noise.
- access to ICT solutions and specialist materials and equipment.
- specialist support or advice from other professionals like an educational psychologist or speech and language therapist or
- a programme to improve handwriting or other physical skills.
This support is usually provided by the school using its delegated budget. For pupils with greater needs which cannot be met within this budget, schools and parents or young people can request a top up through an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.
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Local authorities can provide funding as an alternative to an EHC needs assessment, with parents’ agreement. This does not affect parents’ statutory right to request an EHC needs assessment.
If the school or nursery believes that your child’s needs are complex or severe they can suggest requesting an EHC needs assessment.
If you decide that you would like your child to have an Education, Health and Care needs assessment
A resource has been created by SEND Family voices working with AfC and representatives from Health, Social Care, Schools, Early Years and Post 16 to create a complete set of guidance documents relating to “Support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)”. The resource is nicknamed the “Golden Binder”. Every school SENCo and special school in Richmond and Kingston should have a copy, as well as all key professionals involved with the EHCP process.
The Golden Binder contains the guidance and the forms which you can use to request an EHC needs assessment, and to the forms which can be used to contribute information to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
For children in an education setting, i.e. a school or nursery, it is usual for the setting or school to make the request, however parents can also make this request although advice from the educational setting will still be needed to support this.