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What additional support can be provided in the classroom?
At The Clifton Centre PRU we have a number of support staff with various skills and qualities, who work with the young people to assist Teaching and Learning and to support the teacher. This is often a Teaching Assistant (TA) (who is an additional member of staff) who works under the direction of a teacher or a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). TAs work with small groups and on a 1:1 basis with students who need extra help with their learning and/ or behaviour. They try to do this by supporting their development of concepts and vocabulary and reinforcing behaviour for learning during and also following a lesson. They will also provide opportunities to have additional practice in a particular subject area, or working through differentiated materials with them. TAs assist with developing students’ social skills by suggesting strategies to help control their behaviour, if this is an area of difficulty. We also have a teaching assistant assigned to each form group. This means that students have their form tutor and a TA who knows them extremely well, have regular contact with and to whom they can seek help and or advice at any time of the school day. If your child had a high level of TA support in their previous school or setting, we would like you to tell us.
We have a team of 6 TAs who work across the PRU and 2 HTLA’s.
In addition to TAs we also have a team of vocational staff who work with our students offering guidance and one to one tutorials and who support students with their work experience programmes, applying for college courses and helping with reintegration into mainstream education, if this is appropriate.
At The Clifton Centre PRU class sizes are small in order to meet the needs of the pupils, this is to offer extra support and help them in class to make progress in lessons for their level.
What provision do you offer to facilitate access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning? (This may include support from external agencies and equipment/facilities)
All our teachers are required to plan lessons that all students can access. When a young person starts at the PRU, they are expected to complete baseline assessments in English (which will include a spelling and reading test), Maths and ICT. They will also complete a questionnaire on how they feel they learn best, this is called a learning style questionnaire. This assessment information allows the staff team to understand each student's starting point and to plan the next step for them. If a student has barriers to learning, the teacher will meet with the support staff to make adjustments to overcome them. Sometimes teachers need help to do this so they may work with another teacher who has more expertise in the subject being taught or they may ask the school's SEN Coordinator (SENCO).
The SENCO may carry out additional assessments or tests to find out more about the student’s learning difficulties so that the curriculum and teaching can be further tailored to enable them to make progress.
If the SENCO thinks we need more advice about how to help your child learn, we will talk to you about this. We sometimes ask for advice from other specialists, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists or specialist Advisory Teachers whose expertise could be in a more specialised area for example Asperger’s Syndrome or ADHD. The advice these professionals give is used to inform teaching and learning. We record the strategies we are using in a Provision Map which is an individual plan for your child to help them to make progress and improve their behaviour. This will be written by a team of teachers and support staff within school. This will also be shared with you and evaluated on a termly basis.
Some pupils need particular pieces of equipment to help them work and learn more independently. In our school we have:
Staff specialisms/expertise around SEN or disability
At the Clifton Centre we do not have a SENCO but we do have support from our SENCO at the key stage 3 pru, who holds the National Award for SEN Co-ordination and has taught in Pupil Referral Units for over 10 years.
Some members of staff have undertaken ELKLAN training to support speech and language needs.All staff members are trained in Team Teach which means they are able to use de-escalation techniques in difficult situations; this also means that they are trained in using physical techniques and interventions if necessary.
Some staff have completed the learning modules in the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP). These cover Dyslexia, Speech, Language and Communication, Autistic Spectrum Needs and Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development.
What ongoing support and development is in place for staff regards supporting children and young people with SEN?
Staff development needs are identified through performance management and appraisals. New techniques are discussed as part of our staff meetings on a weekly basis and they share good practice with each other. The students have behaviour logs and progress updates completed for every lesson, any students who are not making adequate progress will be discussed as a full staff team at the weekly meetings, where we will look at alternative interventions we could use to remove the barriers of learning for a young person. This may be in one specific subject area or in a variety of subject areas.
At least one training day a year is dedicated to SEN. All staff are required to attend. Last summer this was around motivation in the classroom and boosting self esteem. This year will be team teach refresher training.
What arrangements are made for reasonable adjustments and support to the pupils during tests and SATs?
Staff who scribe or read for pupils receive training from the SENCO. Some pupils need rest breaks and these are arranged based on their circumstances, others may perform better in a separate classroom on a one to one basis.
For GCSE and other external Examinations, our examinations officer will assess if there is a need to request special dispensations or extra time. Each student will be assessed independently and every effort will be made to ensure that they are given the support that they are entitled to.
What arrangements are in place for review meetings for children with Statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans?
When pupils come to the PRU with an Education, Health or Care Plan they are still on the roll of their host school, they will inform us when their annual reviews are due as part of their induction.
Students will have the opportunity to sit down with their assigned tutor to discuss their views which can be used to contribute towards the annual review; this can be done in an informal chat where the student can describe their thoughts and feelings. This will be done in a way that is appropriate for the student, either by writing things down, drawing pictures or through photographs where appropriate. The annual review will be carried out with a variety of different Educational and Health professionals and this is decided on an individual basis according to the needs of the student.
Parents will also be invited into school prior to the meeting to discuss their views with regards to their child’s provision and to see what is working and what needs to be done to help them to make progress in school.
What arrangements are in place for children with other SEN support needs?
Students with SEN will have an allocated time with their form tutor on a weekly basis to discuss their progress and behaviour in class. The student’s form tutor will have regular contact with parents to discuss successes and weaknesses and support can be increased if we feel a student is having difficulties. This may be more support in the classroom or some, one to one work or could involve other agencies being involved to offer further support.
Risk assessments are completed from the host school where necessary; we also complete a risk assessment of all of our students when we have enough information about them (within their first month). This is updated on a termly basis as well as an assessment on the student’s personal / social /emotional and behavioural development. This enables the staff in school to take this into account when working with your child. These assessments are carried out by the student’s form tutor, form TA and other staff where appropriate. This information is shared with parents in the regular meetings we have with them.
At The Clifton Centre PRU we have daily handovers / briefings before and after the school day to discuss the students. Their daily points and behaviour is discussed on an individual basis and parents are contacted if there has been an issue or concern.
Most students are transported into the PRU and this is on a needs / distance from home basis. Students make their own way home unless it is on their EHC plan that transport is provided.
Bespoke arrangements can be made for individuals as well as the normal arrangements if it is deemed necessary and is part of their plan. For example if they need to have a reduced timetable where they come into school at a different time from the norm or if they access some alternative provision in addition to their lessons in school. This could be in a college or with the youth service.
We have a fully staffed provision at our Manor Road site where we can offer education to our vulnerable students or students who for whatever reason do not feel confident or ready to assess full PRU provision at The Clifton Centre.
What arrangements will be made to supervise a child during breaks and lunchtimes?
The pupils in the PRU are supervised at breaks and lunchtimes, there are also opportunities to use the ICT room or play table tennis during these times. These activities can be accessed by all pupils providing they are behaving in an appropriate manner. When dry, there is also a range of outdoor sports equipment available such as footballs, cricket equipment and Tennis. These activities are all supervised onsite.
How do you ensure my child stays safe outside the classroom? (e.g. during PE lessons and school trips)
All our off site activities are approved and checked by the local authoritiys trips and visits coordinator. Off site activities such as trips and PE lessons are always risk assessed well in advance and are a well structured and important part of our curriculum. There is always at least 2 staff on a trip with a group of pupils (no more than 8). This is a guide and depends on the needs and risk assessment of the pupils, sometimes the staffing ratio is one to one if necessary. If a student is a high risk when offsite then they may not be appropriate for this to happen, in which case they will be educated in school during this time.
Where can parents find details of policies on bullying
Link to school policy
What is the school’s policy on administering medication?
Medication is discussed as part of induction, where forms are completed. This is done on an individualized basis depending on need. Letters are given out during induction to inform parents /carers that is their responsibility to let us know if the medication is to change. Medication is kept in a locked drawer and is only accessible by the administrator and the member of staff allocated to administer and record the dosage given.
How do you work with the family to draw up a care plan and ensure that all relevant staff are aware of the plan?
When a care plan is required this is discussed between health professionals and parents are informed of this where appropriate.
There is a school nurse who does health checks with students in school. She is available on the phone if any advice is needed re health concerns and issues may they arise.There are trained first aid members of staff. Any pupils needing specialist care for an existing medical condition would be assessed on an individualised basis and staff would seek training where required.
What would the school do in the case of a medical emergency?
If there was a need for a student to have a care plan with regard to Emergency care and procedures, this would be carried out on an individualised basis and all staff would be made aware of this where appropriate.
If an unexpected medical emergency arose, all staff and students are aware of who the first aiders are.Due to high staff to student ratio the other students would be removed from the scene ensuring the safety of staff and students where possible.
How do you ensure that staff are trained/qualified to deal with a child’s particular needs?
All staff are trained to deal with students with SEN and behavioural difficulties. Should there be a student with a medical condition attending the centre; appropriate training would be provided prior to their start date if required.
Which health or therapy services can children access on school premises?
Health and therapy services are offered through the Salford Health Referral team and are not accessed on site.
How do you ensure that parents know “who’s who” and who they can contact if they have concerns about their child?
During induction the parents / carers will meet with one of the centre Manager’s, after initial assessments are completed they will be allocated a form tutor who will phone up to introduce themselves. If the pupil has an EHC plan they will also meet with the SENCo to discuss their child’s needs.
Do parents have to make an appointment to meet with staff or do you have an Open Door policy?
Parents can ring and make an appointment to come to speak to staff when necessary.
How do you keep parents updated with their child’s progress?
Parent review days are arranged at the start of each term (3 times a year). However if we have any concerns regarding the progress your child we will contact you to discuss. A pupil’s provision map of education is discussed with the parents so that they are aware of their child’s levels and progress being made.Phone calls home are made on a very regular basis, to celebrate individual successes and good news, as well as to provide regular feedback on any area we is important.
How can parents give feedback to the school?
Parent feedback sheets are completed between staff and parents on review day and are kept on file. Every time a parent is contacted this is recorded in the school office.
Do you have home/school contracts?
Parents and students sign a contact and code of conduct during their induction to The Clifton Centre PRU; they also sign a student contract to say that their rights and responsibilities will be adhered to. This is to ensure that both parties will work together to provide the best possible outcome for the child.
What opportunities do you offer for children to have their say? e.g. school council
We run a student council meeting, which meets every half term and has a representative from each form group present. Students have the opportunity during form time to discuss any concerns or suggestions they may have, these views are then presented to the Head of Centre who considers what actions need to be taken.
What opportunities are there for parents to have their say about their child’s education?
Parent view is very important within The Clifton Centre PRU. The curriculum is tailored to the individual needs of the student. All students have access to English, Mathematics, ICT, Art, Vocational Subjects and PSHE. However, this can be supported by some alternative provision if it is deemed to be beneficial to them.
Do you offer help with completing forms and paperwork? If yes, who normally provides this help and how would parents access this?
Parents are offered as much support as they need to complete forms and other documentation. Where there are known literacy difficulties staff are on hand to ensure that all information is passed on in an appropriate manner.
What information, advice and guidance can parents access through the school? Who normally provides this help and how would parents access this?
Parents can speak to form tutors / family liaison officer / vocational support workers if they require further support from external agencies and can offer guidance with regards to filling in forms or referrals where necessary.
How does the school help parents with travel plans to get their child to and from school?
The Clifton Centre offers transport from some areas within the authority depending on bus route and distance. This will be discussed during induction. If this is not applicable, travel plans will be discussed with students / parents if they need support with this. All students make their own way home. Discounted bus passes can be purchased from the school office.
If the pupil has an EHC plan, it maybe that transport is provided if deemed appropriate.
Do you offer school holiday and/or before and after school childcare? If yes, please give details.
The school day starts at 8.30am. Breakfast club also starts at 8.30 am students can enjoy a cold drink and a healthy breakfast, ready to start their day. This is also a good way to socialise, make friends and have discussions with staff on a more informal basis.
What lunchtime or after school activities do you offer? Do parents have to pay for these and if so, how much?
All students are required to stay on site at lunchtime. Meals are provided in the school café. Staff and students can relax and eat their lunches together. Where possible all meals follow the Healthy Eating Guidelines and the requirements set out in the School Food Plan.
Lunchtime activities are free to students and include access to ICT facilities, table tennis and outdoor sports (weather permitting).
The family liaison officer can offer advice with regard to out of school / holiday activities. We also have close links with the Inclusive Youth Support Service who can offer further advice / guidance on activities / schemes available in the local area and include ICT club, table tennis
How do you help children to make friends?
Due to the nurturing environment and high staff to pupil ratio, the PRU is conducive to positive relationships throughout. We also offer extracurricular day’s offsite which is to promote team building and raising self esteem.
Our funding is determined by formula, based on a variety of factors including individual needs.
Link to LA funding document
Link to information about pupil premium
Describe your school’s governance arrangements for SEN funding allocation
We are in the process of establishing a fully functioning Management Committee, which is the PRU equivalent of a Governing Body. One member of the committee will be designated as the SEN Representative who will monitor the arrangements for the SEN funding allocation.