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The purpose of this document is to ensure every child and young person in a Somerset school receives the support they are entitled to.

Expectations on the school

These expectations are drawn from The Code of Practice 2015, and EEF SEND in Mainstream Guidance Report 2020. They outline the expectations that will promote inclusion for all children and young people (CYP), including those with SEN, that are not detailed within the Broad Areas of Need section of this document.

Expectations for Whole School Inclusion

Practitioners ensure that formative assessment and feedback are a feature of lessons. Assessment is used to reflect on pupil progress, and to identify, and act upon, possible barriers to learning. All schools should have a clear approach to early identification of SEN. Schools should use a holistic approach to assessment including, but not limited to, formative assessment, observation, checklists, diagnostic tools and children and young people and parent carer voice. A regular cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review should be used to ensure that children and young people with SEN are making progress. Expertise is in place to manage reasonable examination arrangements (access arrangements) for tests and national tests and public examinations.

Partnership with children and young people and parent carers

The setting works in partnership with parent carers and children and young people in decision making. Parent carers and children and young people are supported to engage in decision making and supported to share their views. Tips, supports and resources are shared with parent carers. Parent carers are signposted to support available through The Local Offer

Positive and supportive environment for all children and young people

Promote positive relationships, active engagement, and wellbeing for all children and young people. Learners feel safe and valued. They know that they can approach staff and that their opinions and concerns are valued. Remove barriers to participation. Provision should address the needs identified by the school.

Staff skills and learning

All practitioners, including Teaching Assistants, (TA) make a positive contribution to learner progress. The Education EndowmentFoundation (EEF) guide might be useful for TA CPD Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants | EEF (educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk). There is a plan for on-going Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in relation to understanding and meeting the needs of children and young people. Staff collaborate and have effective links with other relevant outside agencies and specialists for support, training, and supervision.

Transition and transfer

Support is in place for routine and life transitions when required. Procedures are in place for ensuring smooth progression through settings, particularly during all transition phases, including on entry and exit. children and young people and parent carers participate in decisions around transition and transfer.

Last reviewed: September 14, 2023 by Keir

Next review due: March 14, 2024

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