What should I do if I think my child has Special Educational Needs?
Initially you should speak to your child’s class teacher or mentor and explain your concerns. They will be able to advise you of your child’s current progress and whether there is an issue that needs to be dealt with by the SENCO.
How will the PRU address my concerns?
We will listen to your concerns and discuss the situation. If a longer meeting is needed, this will be arranged. Your concerns will be looked into over an agreed length of time, with the sharing of information between school and home. A follow-up meeting will then be arranged to discuss the next steps.
How will Bishopton decide if my child needs extra support?
The decision will be made by the class teachers and/or the SENCO based on evidence of your child’s academic and personal progress. You and your child will be involved in deciding the next steps, and in setting targets to support your child.
What will the PRU do to support my child?
We will agree on specific targets for your child to work towards. These will be discussed at a formal meeting between the SENCO and the parents/carers. Additional support, if required, will be organised by the SENCO. This could be individual work, small group work or the use of specific resources. Any additional support will be recorded on the school provision map, showing support provided across the school. A review cycle will then be followed and reviewed a minimum of once a term.
Who will support my child in school?
Your child will continue to be supported through the pastoral system within the school. The Learning Mentor will continue to have regular meeting with the student to discuss progress and set targets for the coming term. The SENCO will offer additional support as needed. Teaching Assistants may be used in lessons to support your child. Additionally they offer small, targeted intervention groups during morning registration.
Who else might be involved in supporting my child?
Where appropriate, outside agencies will be asked to support your child and the staff who work with them. These include:
- Educational Psychologist
- Autism Outreach Team
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- School Nurse
- Specialist Learning Team
- Youth Directions
How will my child be able to contribute his/her views? How will my child be involved in the process?
Your child will be asked to contribute to the cycle of ‘assess, plan, do, review’ at all stages. His/her views will be taken into account at all review meetings. This will be through a variety of ways, depending on the age, abilities and needs of your child. These could include: discussion with a teacher or the SENCO, completing Student Views Questionnaires as well as feeding back directly in the Review meetings.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
Students with additional needs will be offered an alternative curriculum if needed. Some students will take fewer subjects at Key Stage 4 and spend more time doing Maths and English lessons.
How does the school know how well my child is doing?
We track all student’s progress closely over the year. We measure the amount of progress made in every subject on five separate occasions. Staff record in a central area each student’s current working level, attitude to learning and whether they are on, above or below target. We assess children using Key Assessments and Assessment for Learning throughout the school year. All of these are used to provide a clear and detailed picture of your child’s progress and attainment. All children have individual targets to support them in their next steps of learning in every subject area. Students who are having particular difficulties will be tested by the SENCO using a range of Standardised Cognitive Tests.
What opportunities will there be for me to discuss my child’s achievements? How will I know how my child is progressing?
During the year you will be invited to attend two Academic Review Days. You and your child will be asked to make an appointment with the class teacher to discuss progress made to date and to set targets for the coming term. It is essential that your child attends the appointment with you so that meaningful targets can be set during the meeting.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
All students are welcome to attend these clubs and we will endeavour to provide additional support if required to enable all students to attend. We have a regular programme of school trips, including trips related to current topics and other curriculum areas. Again, all students are encouraged to take part in trips and additional support will be included as needed.
How will the school prepare and support my child to transfer to a new setting or school?
At Bishopton we have a robust transition programme in place to support students moving into Further Education or into the Workplace. Pupil Premium students have a one-to-one meeting with a representative from Youth Directions in Year 8 in which they are encouraged to think about their future ambitions. During this meeting options for post 16 will be discussed. In Years 10 and 11 students take part in a number of activities to help them decide on what to do after leaving Bishopton. These include:
- Visits to local 6th Form Colleges
- Discussions with Apprenticeship providers
- Help with College applications
- Support writing a CV
- Mock Interviews with local employers/colleges
How can I be involved in supporting my child in school?
You can support your child by:
- Attending Parents’ Evenings
- Encouraging your child to to keep up to date with homework
- Ensuring your child attends school regularly and is on time
- Keeping school informed of any change of circumstances that may impact on your child’s wellbeing.
How can I access support for myself and my family?
If you feel you need extra support, please contact Claire Thompson who will be able to advise you.