East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion

Essential Criteria

Introduction

The East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion has been awarded to all East Sussex schools. This website sets out the Essential Criteria that form the standards for the Quality Mark for Inclusion.

The purpose of the website is for schools to complete and submit an evaluation response to the Essential Criteria Statements.

The deadline for completing the evaluation response via this website is 18th March 2019.

To the right of this page you will see a Resources button. This provides links to additional resources to support schools’ development of inclusive practice.

Prior to, and post completion and submission, schools can visit the website as often as they wish to view and download any documents or access web links.

Instructions for completion and submission

  • Preparation of YES and NO responses and any comments will be essential in advance of online completion.
  • We would recommend you complete the Word version of the Essential Criteria, with their Yes and No responses and comments, for reference and as a working document.
  • The website does not allow for completed Areas to be saved and returned to at a later date. However you do have the option of completing the evaluation response in sections. For example you could complete three Areas response and then ‘submit’ and go back to complete the final three Areas at another time and submit this separately. Each submission is sent to the Quality Mark Inclusion inbox where it will be saved.
  • It is advised that completion of evaluation response should be undertaken in no more than four separate submissions by 18th March 2019.
  • Once schools have clicked and opened an Area they will see the different Aspect boxes with Essential Criteria.
  • Select YES or NO response for each Essential Criteria statement. Schools may wish to add a comment in the comments box provided for each Aspect.
  • Every NO response, with any accompanying comments, will populate a report box at the end of the site. This can be used to check content before submission. The content of the report is what schools will see once they submit.
  • It is the NO responses and comments that will be sent to the school inbox and ISEND inbox on submission. The YES responses will not appear on the submitted response.
  • On completion of the evaluation response to the whole document, or a section, complete the boxes at the end of the site asking for the school name, school contact and the email address that the submission will go to.
  • Press submit. Schools will not be able to submit the document until contact boxes are completed.
  • Schools are asked to keep copies of their online submissions in one place as a record of submission.
  • It is anticipated that agreed priority NO responses will form action points informing school development.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 1A - Safeguarding

Y

N

The DfE statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSiE) 2018 is followed by the school. All school staff have read and understood Part 1 and Annex A of KCSiE and all staff have read the required policies as stipulated in KCSiE.

The school has completed the ‘Safeguarding audit toolkit and action plan for schools and colleges in East Sussex, 2018-2019, and works rigorously to improve practice through KCSiE guidance and the East Sussex audit tool action plan and review.

The school’s safeguarding policy is published on the school website, updated annually and is available to parents as a hard copy or by email if requested.

The school follows statutory guidance with regard to training for all staff on child protection and safeguarding.

The school’s open and transparent culture promotes all aspects of pupils’ welfare. Pupils are safe and feel safe. They have opportunities to learn how to keep themselves safe. They enjoy learning about how to stay healthy and about emotional and mental health, safe and positive relationships and how to prevent misuse of technology. (Ofsted ,Good personal development, behaviour and welfare)

Essential Criteria

Aspect 2A - Behaviour and Attendance

Y

N

The school’s behaviour policy is published on the school website.

The behaviour policy is well understood and implemented consistently by all staff.

The behaviour policy is embedded in other school policies and in the general work of the school, with key elements of the policy evident in day-to-day practice.

Key staff work with the SENCO to ensure behaviour management strategies and practice are, where necessary, appropriately adjusted to support and manage the behaviour of pupils with SEND. All staff understand, and effectively apply, such adjustments.

Attendance for pupils with SEND is in line with their non-SEND peers nationally or an improving trend towards national.

There have been no permanent exclusions for pupils with SEND in the past academic year.

There is a significantly reducing trend in fixed term exclusion for pupils with SEND.

Where part time timetables are essential they are clearly communicated with parents and pupils, well managed, time limited and with clear planning to reintegrate to full time attendance.

Schools ensure that pupils and their families participate as fully as possible in decisions related to behaviour and attendance and are provided with information and support.

The views, wishes and feelings of the pupil and their parents/carers are always included in planning outcomes related to behaviour and attendance.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 3A - SEND Code of Practice

Y

N

The school has a SENCO in post as a statutory role.

School Improvement Planning demonstrates that a whole school approach to SEND is central to school improvement and ethos.

The school uses their best endeavours to make sure that every child with SEND gets the support they need – this means doing and evidencing everything they can to meet children and young people’s SEND.

The school informs and discusses with parents when they are making special educational provision for a child and works in co-production with parents to plan to meet identified needs.

The school fulfils its statutory role in providing advice when a child is assessed for a possible Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Statutory timescales are adhered to.

The SENCO is fully aware of the school notional SEN budget and can evidence how they manage resources and the impact of SEN expenditure.

The school’s SEND Information Report is published on schools website and is reviewed annually in consultation with all stakeholders, including parents with review date stipulated. Available in hard copy.

The Local Authority’s ‘Local Offer’ for children with SEND is accessible via the school website and is promoted to parents and pupils.

The school publishes equality objectives and an accessibility plan on the school website. Available in hard copy.

The school publishes their Pupil Premium Policy on the school website. Available in hard copy

Essential Criteria

Aspect 4B - Values and Attitudes

Y

N

The school expresses a public commitment to provide consistently high-quality education and care for vulnerable pupils and those with SEND.

Individual difference is valued evidenced through published information, policy, and practice involving families and pupils.

The school does not discriminate against a child with SEND when a family requests admission to school.

Achievement by all is celebrated in a variety of forms and accounts for relative starting points.

The school has a culture of high aspiration for all children evidenced through reported outcomes and progress for vulnerable groups and pupils with SEND and through Access, Plan, Do, Review processes.

Leaders promote equality of opportunity and diversity exceptionally well, for pupils and staff, so that the ethos and culture of the whole school prevents any form of direct or indirect discriminatory behaviour. Leaders, staff and pupils do not tolerate prejudiced behaviour. (Ofsted , Outstanding; effectiveness of leadership and management)

The school seeks to develop inclusive practice through work to gain other quality awards and accreditations associated with establishing an inclusive ethos, such as the East Sussex Attachment Award and gaining exceeding in the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 5B - Strategic Whole School Approach

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N

The SEND action plan is in place and pays regard to ongoing self-review, strategic and planned internal monitoring of provision, inspection evidence, national, local and school data and national developments.

The SEND action plan links directly with relevant aspects of the school improvement plan.

The SENCO, Headteacher and Governing Body have a clear picture of the school’s resources and how they are deployed.

Evaluation of the impact of current SEND, Children Looked After (CLA), adopted children and disadvantaged pupils (Pupil Premium) provision informs planning and decisions about future spending. Evaluation of the impact of current provision fully involves parents and pupils.

There is a clear entry and exit procedure for pupils on the SEND register showing accurate identification of baseline assessment and progress made. School refers to the East Sussex SEND Matrix for support with decision making and implementation of strategies and provision. Link in Resources

All teaching staff and Teaching Assistants (TAs) know and understand the East Sussex SEND Matrix. For example they have accessed CPD opportunities to view the accompanying video, and actively use the SEND Matrix to improve the quality of teaching and learning and increase range of provision for pupils with SEND and vulnerable pupils.

The East Sussex SEND Matrix is actively shared with parents in decision making about strategies and provision to meet a pupil’s current needs and to understand the incremental level of a pupil’s needs.

For pupils with a range of communication needs school can demonstrate consideration for, or has undertaken, the East Sussex ‘ESCAL Communication Friendly Settings Audit’ in order to develop and promote inclusive practice across the school.

Every child identified as having SEND has an Additional Needs Plan (ANP) or similar SEN plan that follows the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process as set out in the SEND Code of Practice .CLA pupils have a Personal Education Plan (PEP) using the ANP. The ANP outlines needs as well as agreed outcomes, suggested strategies and resources to support them. Specialist support is identified and accessed where necessary.

For every pupil with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the Annual Review will evidence joint service advice and work, parent/carer and pupil engagement and voice, and clear evidence of recent attainment.

Parents/carers and the pupil are at the centre of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process and are fully involved from the outset.

The school has developed an Inclusion Steering Group, or equivalent, that includes a focus on SEND, vulnerable groups, equality and accessibility and includes a range of stakeholders; staff, parents and pupils and Governors.

The Inclusion Steering Group (or equivalent) meetings take place at least three times a year to discuss strategic aspects related to the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion progress, including:

  • Current provision.
  • School environment and curriculum adapted to meet needs.
  • Evidence of input to the School Improvement Plan.
  • Progress with work towards attaining the East Sussex Attachment Friendly School Award.
  • Progress with work towards the East Sussex ‘ESCAL Communication Friendly Settings Audit’ and MHEW self-evaluation.
  • Allocation of responsibilities for specific actions within the plan.

The school demonstrates outward looking development of inclusive practice by inviting peer to peer SEND or pupil premium review where areas for development and good practice can be further agreed and developed, or action researched.

The school actively grows and develops the skills and expertise of all staff with regard to SEND and aspects of inclusive practice for example through a comprehensive range of CPD opportunities and encouraging SENCOs to look to becoming an SLE or East Sussex Lead SENCO.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 6B - Leadership

Y

N

The Headteacher is aware of the SEND Code of Practice as a statutory document and key points within including:

  • The difference between SEND and disability
  • 4 areas of SEND
  • Teacher responsibilities
  • Leadership responsibilities
  • SENCO role
  • The governor’s role
  • Including parents/carers and pupils in the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process and all decisions with regard to identification of need and provision to meet needs.

Link in Resources

Subject Leaders are responsible for progress of all pupils within their subject area and work to ensure that all teachers are aware of their responsibilities to pupils with SEND and additional needs within their subject area.

Headteacher and senior leaders and SENCO review ,for example through the Quality Mark for Inclusion process, how resources including human resources, should be effectively deployed to develop best practice; ensuring support staff expertise is appropriately targeted.

The Governing Body ensures that the school meets, and understands ,its responsibilities under the Equality Act 2010 and under the Children’s Act 2014 as set out in the SEND Code of Practice. Link in Resources

The Headteacher and senior leaders, including the SENCO, are fully aware of the recommendations of the East Sussex High Needs Block Review , including developing this set of core standards for Inclusive practice, and implications for policy and practice in East Sussex community of schools. Link in Resources

The Headteacher actively promotes action research both within school, and more widely locally and nationally, to ensure that pupils can access the best provision and practice to make very good progress and achieve best possible outcomes.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 7B - SENCO

Y

N

The SENCO has qualified teacher status and is in a position to influence and lead on SEND in the school.

The SENCO has undertaken the National Award for SENCO or will be undertaking this Award as part of a new to role SENCO within the first 3 years of appointment.

‘The SENCO is provided with sufficient time and resources required to fulfil the key responsibilities as detailed in the SEND Code of Practice.’ SEND Code of Practice para 6.90

The SENCO is part of the senior leadership team (or has a clear voice on the senior leadership team). SEND Code of Practice para 6.87

The SENCO works closely with the Governing Body and Headteacher to ensure that the notional SEN budget and top up funding allocation is used effectively to meet the needs of pupils with SEND.

The SENCOs salary is not paid out of the school notional SEN budget.

The SENCO takes a lead on establishing, implementing and quality assuring policy and practice for SEND using the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion.

The SENCO co-ordinates and facilitates regular CPD for all staff on policy and practice related to SEND. There is a whole school approach to monitoring the impact of any staff CPD on teaching and learning and progress for pupils with SEND.

Staff induction procedures include school’s approach and policies for supporting and including pupils with SEN and other vulnerable pupils.

The SENCO works closely with subject leaders to enable them to understand the needs of pupils within their subject and take responsibility for the progress of pupils with SEND in their subject.

The SENCO is fully aware of, and knowledgeable about, the East Sussex SEND Matrix and has shared the Matrix with all staff advising on implementation and practice. Link in Resources.

The SENCO is fully aware of the recommendations of the East Sussex High Needs Block Review and implications for policy and practice within their school and in East Sussex community of schools. Link in Resources.

The school’s policy and approach to meeting pupils SEND, including those at SEN Support and those with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) is clear, has involved co-production with stakeholders, and is easily accessible via the school’s SEN Information Report.

The SENCO presents an impact report to the leadership team to then share with the governing body annually, comparing outcomes for pupils with SEND with the progress of others locally and nationally and evaluates the impact of SEN provision and interventions.

There is effective management, organisation and review of inclusive practice throughout the school coordinated by the SENCO.

The SENCO refers in a timely way to outside agencies and services and ensures that any advice, guidance or assessment recommendations are fully acted on by the school community and shared with parents.

The SENCO takes a key role in ensuring that families, parents and pupils are kept at the heart of communication and planning to identify and meet the needs of pupils with SEND and where appropriate other pupils vulnerable to underachievement.

The SENCO takes responsibility for using data to regularly track the progress of pupils with SEND and measuring the impact of provision to meet agreed outcomes. Progress and attainment for pupils with SEND is understood and measured against school, local and national outcomes for the SEND and non-SEND cohort.

The SENCO takes responsibility for his/her own professional development by keeping up to date with new local and government guidance and relevant research and accessing training as needed.

The SENCO networks with SENCOs in other schools and attends the local SENCO hub meetings where possible.

As part of the role’s professional development the SENCO has applied to attend, or has attended, at least one of the weekly local authority panel meetings that review requests for statutory assessment.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 8B - Collaborative work with parents and carers

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N

The East Sussex Local Offer for children with SEND is actively promoted with parents/carers and other stakeholders. Link in Resources.

School must…’inform parents when they are making special educational provision for a child.’ SEND Code of Practice 6.2

In fulfilling duties set out in the Special Education Needs and Disabilities regulations 2014, schools should, in particular, ‘ensure that children, parents and young people are actively involved in decision-making throughout the approaches set out’…. in their SEN Information Report, Assess, Plan , Do , Review process and in policy and practice. SEND Code of Practice 6.7

The school works with parents to co-produce and review policies that relate to vulnerable pupils.

The school actively promotes Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support) to parents, carers and families. AMAZE is a confidential, impartial and free service offered to parent carers and young people with SEND in East Sussex. Link in Resources.

The school provides information about, and ensures parents are aware of, the East Sussex Parents and Carers Council (ESPACC.) Link in Resources.

The school’s policy and approach to meeting pupils SEND, including those at SEN Support and those with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) is clear to parents and carers, has involved co-production with stakeholders, and is easily accessible via the school’s SEN Information Report.

The school has provided parents with a copy of the Local Prospectus for Special Educational Needs in East Sussex or has provided information where to find on East Sussex website. Link in Resources.

The school has established, or is working to establish, a parent forum/support group for parents and carers of pupils who are vulnerable to underachievement. This group is open to all parents.

Parents of pupils with SEND contribute to newsletters and any form of information share with the school community.

School has identified parent key workers/parent champions or similar to offer support and signpost parents to advise and guidance.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 9B - Effectively involving children and young people

Y

N

‘The school listens to and addresses any concerns raised by children and young people themselves’. SEND Code of Practice 6.20

Good quality participation for children and young people is well planned, with clear aims, objectives and outcomes. Participation has defined stages of planning, delivery and evaluation; and this a Participation Process that can be evidenced.

As part of developing pupils participation the school access a range of resources such as the Council for Disabled Children Pupil Participation Factsheets. Link in Resources.

Pupils with SEND have opportunity to feedback on their wider experience of the school, as part of the school monitoring systems and processes.

Pupils with identified SEND have been provided with information and support to understand their needs and articulate where barriers arise.

There is effective induction policy and procedure for all new pupils who arrive whether at the beginning of the year or mid-year giving a good inclusive welcome and ensuring progress is made from the earliest point on entry to the school.

Planning for children identified with SEND is person centred and outcome based. Pupils are central to all planning processes with their voice clearly heard and acted on.

There is an active school council which includes representatives from SEND cohort of pupils.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 10B - Working effectively with Governors

Y

N

The Governing Body fulfils its statutory duty towards children and young people with SEN or disabilities in accordance with the guidance set out in the SEND Code of Practice. Link in Resources.

‘There is a designated governor or sub-committee for SEND’. SEND Code of Practice 6.3

The designated governor for SEND is familiar with the requirements set out in the SEND Code of Practice including publication of the SEN Information Report on the school website.

Staff, pupils and parents know who the SEND governor is.

There are agreed dates for the SENCO and designated governor to meet regularly, this may include senior leaders.

The SEND governor has attended training in order to carry out their role effectively.

A detailed report is presented to the full governing body at least once per year. The report includes outcomes for pupils with SEND and compares their progress to the progress of other pupils in the school as well as evaluation of the impact of SEN provision and interventions.

The SEND Governor raises awareness of SEND issues at governing body meetings by ensuring it is a standing item on the agenda.

Evidence that the governor/trustee regularly monitors progress in securing and maintaining the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion and reports to relevant governors’ committees.

Governors systematically challenge senior leaders so that the effective deployment of staff and resources, including the pupil premium and SEN funding, secures excellent outcomes for pupils.

The Governing Body ensures that there are arrangements in place to support pupils with medical conditions as a statutory requirement.

The Governors work with the Headteacher and SENCO to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010) with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 11C: Understanding Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs of workforce and pupils

Y

N

A PSHE programme is available for all pupils to include social ,emotional mental health (SEMH).

School has completed Mental Health, Emotional Well-Being (MHEW) self-evaluation. Link in Resources.

Staff wellbeing is recognised as fundamental to whole school health and there is an overarching strategy for staff wellbeing.

School has a MHEW policy offering a clear vision guidance to address related issues for pupils and families so that all are clear on their rights and responsibilities. This is available for parents in hard copy and on the school website.

Where pupils have been identified as having greater need, more intensive work on social and emotional skill development is provided including; 1:1 and group work. This is rigorously monitored and impact measure collated regularly.

All class based staff and leadership have received training based in child development and the psychology of behaviour. This will include Attachment training.

The school is working with the Virtual School towards attaining East Sussex Attachment Award.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 12D - Quality First Teaching and Learning

Y

N

The school has systems in place including, CPD, to ensure that all staff understand ;‘ High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have SEN’ SEND Code of Practice 6.37 and 6.4

School accesses and actively uses the East Sussex revised SEND Matrix to inform the quality of teaching and learning for pupils with SEND and to provide consistency and clarity for the school and parents about levels of provision that can be expected across the continuum of need in the 4 areas of SEND. Link in Resources.

School improvement planning and monitoring of teaching and learning evidences that teachers are having an impact on the progress for all pupils and that the school ethos and expectations support this.

A detailed analysis of pupils with SEND needs is used effectively to inform planning and support good progress in the classroom.

The SENCO, other leaders and class teachers ensure that any child identified as falling behind is accessing high quality classroom teaching before being considered to have SEND. This process is clearly shared with parents and will involve parent and pupil voice.

Teachers’ planning makes reference to individual pupil’s SEN support plans /Additional Needs Plans (ANP)and individual targets.

Teachers are actively involved with the SENCO in writing and reviewing ANP and SEN Plans for pupils in their class or in the Department in which they work.

Class teachers and /or SENCO meet with parents of pupils with SEND to review pupil’s progress at least three times per year.

All staff receive regular CPD on aspects of teaching and learning related to the 4 broad areas of SEND as set out in the SEND Code of Practice ( 6.28- 6.35.) This monitored for impact implemented as part of QFT.

School CPD records show take up of CPD offers from East Sussex ISEND Services such as CLASS , EPs and ESBAS and Teaching and Learning Provision, or other appropriate providers, CPD offers from the Virtual School are also taken up where appropriate.

Teachers and teaching assistants (TAs), demonstrate expertise and skills in understanding the needs of all pupils (including specialist expertise as appropriate) and know how to contribute effectively to the adaptation and delivery of support to meet individual needs.

Pupils are grouped in ways that support inclusion and good progress and offer pupils the opportunity to work within different groups for different activities.

Teachers are fully aware that they are responsible for a pupil’s progress which results from targeted and planned intervention outside of the classroom .For example a targeted reading group.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 13D - Resources and Environment

Y

N

The classroom environment is inclusive (evidenced through observations/learning walks and percentage of good and outstanding teaching) and supports good access to the curriculum; including meeting the statutory responsibilities under the Equalities Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments and access arrangements.

The school’s Accessibility Plan sets out clear actions to review, maintain and improve access to the physical, learning and communication environment.

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Individual Needs Assistants (INA) are deployed in such a way as to maximise their impact, are well prepared for their role and demonstrate good practice. Ref: Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants, Russell, Webster, Blatchford

The effective deployment of TAs is reviewed at least annually in order to ensure deployment meets the cohorts identified needs and any CPD needs are addressed.

The impact that support staff has on pupil progress and outcomes is regularly tracked, known by class teacher, key leaders and SENCO and communicated to support staff.

The school makes additional resources and specialist equipment available to increase accessibility for pupils with SEND both within the classroom and in any additional provision space.

Teachers and TAs work as a team to ensure consistent approaches and opportunities to feedback on what works. For example they have opportunities to jointly review progress and barriers to learning.

Learning objectives and success criteria are accessible to all pupils in all learning environments and are appropriately differentiated to support the learning of pupils with SEND and other pupils vulnerable to underachievement.

The school works with local special schools or other specialist providers /services when researching adaptations to the learning and physical environment.

There is a range of visual resources available to ensure full opportunity to communicate and be communicated with in all learning environments. Advice is sought from appropriate services.

Equipment and electronic devices required to meet needs are sourced from appropriate services and regularly reviewed for impact and accessibility.

Parents and pupils are involved in consultation with regard to any reasonable adjustments that need to be made to ensure learning environments are accessible.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 14D - Curriculum

Y

N

The curriculum meets the needs, aptitudes and interests of all pupils, including those with SEND.

The school and teachers take account of pupils’ views when planning the curriculum to ensure that it engages and interests all pupils including the lowest attainers, those with SEND and disadvantaged pupils.

Where a curriculum has been tailored to meet individual pupil needs, the parents as well as the pupils, where appropriate, have been fully included in the planning.

The curriculum provides opportunities to support pupils’ social and emotional development and has a positive impact on all pupils’ behaviour and safety.

The curriculum includes trips and enrichment activities that are appropriate and accessible for pupils with SEND.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 15D - Assessment and Monitoring

Y

N

The curriculum includes the teaching of positive learning behaviours, learning skills and thinking skills (meta-cognitive approaches.)

The school sets homework and home learning activities that are appropriate and accessible for all pupils including those with SEND. Parent and pupil feedback confirms this.

The school has systems in place to record, monitor and analyse pupil progress data for the progress and attainment of SEND pupils at least three times per year.

School assessment systems ensure that teachers make consistent and accurate judgements about the progress and attainment of SEND pupils.

Pupils with SEND are supported to understand the schools assessment and target setting processes, including what provision is in place to help them make appropriate progress.

The school has systems in place to record, monitor and analyse wider outcomes for SEND pupils at least three times per year, for example attendance and exclusions.

The school takes account of the holistic development of pupils with SEND – including emotional health and well-being, attitudes to learning and participation. There are systems and assessments to record, track and respond to associated needs.

The school uses statutory DfE (STA) published 2018-2019 Pre-key Stage Standards for assessment in Year 2 and Year 6 for pupils working below age related expectations. Link in Resources.

If a pupil is working below the Key Stage Standards, teachers report their outcomes using P scales one to four. Link in Resources.

The school fulfils its statutory role in providing advice, including all relevant assessments, when a child is assessed for a possible Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and statutory timetables are always met.

Parents of children with SEND understand the schools assessment and target setting system, and how their child will be supported to make progress.

Where pupils with SEND are working well below age related expectations the school uses published assessment programmes or developed school based assessment systems that are robust, involve small steps and are used effectively to inform progress and teaching and learning provision.

To ensure consistency and accuracy of judgements, moderation of assessment includes;

  • Moderation of Pre Key Stage teacher assessments.
  • Moderation of other assessments used to measure progress and attainment for pupils with SEND who are working below age related expectations.

Following key assessment points, teachers plan effectively to support SEND pupils to make further progress and address gaps in learning.

The assessment system supports and encourages SEND pupils to attain challenging targets.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 16E - Identification

Y

N

Identification of SEND leads to additional or different arrangements being made and a consequent improvement in progress.

There is a clear approach to identifying and responding to SEND, which is known and understood by all staff and stakeholders. SEND Code of Practice: 6. 14

There is recognition that parents know their children best and staff listen and understand when parents express concerns about their child’s development. SEND Code of Practice: 6.20

The school listens to and addresses any concerns raised by children and young people themselves. SEND Code of Practice: 6.20

Teachers are able to differentiate between;

  • Those children and young people who need support to catch up with their peers; and
  • Those children and young people who need a more tailored approach to address a specific SEND that is impacting on their ability to learn.

SEND Code of Practice: 6.23

All those who work with pupils are alert to emerging difficulties and respond early. (The East Sussex SEND Matrix supports this process.) SEND Code of Practice: 6.20. Link in Resources.

All those who work with children and young people are alert to other events that can lead to learning difficulties or wider mental health difficulties that may (or may not) lead to children having SEN. SEND Code of Practice: 6.22

Particular care is given to identifying and assessing SEN for children or young people whose first language is not English. SEND Code of Practice: 6.24

Arrangements are in place to consider evidence that a pupil may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 and if so what reasonable adjustments the school may need to make for them.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 17E - Intervention effectiveness

Y

N

Data and assessment, pupil progress meetings, assessment of wider outcomes are used to identify gaps in outcomes and match interventions to individual pupils’ needs.

Interventions are a tool to support learning and progress in mainstream lessons.

There are pre and post intervention assessments to measure impact and progress.

Interventions are linked to pupils’ with SEND personalised learning targets, and work towards agreed outcomes. They are time limited, reviewed regularly, with expectations of rapid progress. They will not continue if no progress is made.

As part of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process pupils with SEND are central, and involved, in the planning and review of impact of interventions.

As part of the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process parents of pupils with SEND are involved in the planning and review of impact of interventions.

Information and research about what works well for pupils with SEND is used to inform decisions about interventions, including the school drawing on tiered provision guidance in the East Sussex SEN Matrix. Link in Resources.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 18E - Wider outcomes

Y

N

The school has systems in place to record, monitor and analyse wider outcomes for pupils with SEND at least three times per year.

The attendance and punctuality of pupils with disabilities and SEN is in line with that of all pupils.

Pupils with SEND engage in the activities of the school together with those who do not have SEND and are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school and in any wider community activity.

The attendance of the parents of pupils with SEND or other vulnerabilities at parent consultations and other events for parents is in line with other parents.

For pupils with SEND pupil voice is used to inform offers of lunchtime and after school clubs and extra-curricular activities that the school can facilitate.

For pupils with SEND parent voice is used to inform offers of lunchtime and after school clubs and extra-curricular activities that the school can facilitate.

The Assess, Plan, Do, Review process includes consideration for planning to access wider (extra-curricular) activities that might meet identified needs and support achieving agreed outcomes.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 19E - Transition

Y

N

Transition from preschool to school is well planned and co-ordinated, and involves support from ISEND /SLES Early Years’ Service where appropriate, for example f a child has an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) or already has identified SEND.

Transition from preschool to school involves discussion with parents at the earliest opportunity in order to share identified SEND needs or concerns about their child’s development.

For pupils with EHCPs moving between key phases of education, the school ensures that reviews are completed as requested by the LA so that statutory deadlines can be met.

Preparation and discussion for transition from key stage 2 to Key Stage 3 begins as early as possible for pupils at SEN Support, with Education, Health and Care Plans and for CLA. The expectation would be at a Year 5 ANP Review, Annual Review of EHCP or a Year 5 PEP review.

For pupils with EHCPs moving between key phases of education, the school ensures that reviews are completed as requested by the LA so that statutory deadlines can be met.

EHCP reviews from Year 9 include a focus on preparing for adulthood and cooperation with the LA to plan for post -16 studies and training.

Where appropriate the school supports pupils with SEND so that they are included in social groups and develop friendships to support successful transition.

Parents and pupils are made to feel welcome on first visit to school regardless of any identified SEND.

The school provides opportunity for pupils with SEND and vulnerable pupils to develop their own questions and ‘voice ‘ in the process of transition. This Includes hopes and aspiration as well as concerns.

The school manages additional visits for the pupil to the receiving school prior to transition, and arranges for extended meetings with key staff for pupils with SEND and vulnerable pupils and their families.

Pupils with SEND and other vulnerabilities make good progress following Key Stage transition points as a result of well-planned, coordinated preparation.

Destination data shows that pupils with SEND or other vulnerabilities are well prepared for the next stages in in their education, training or employment.

Essential Criteria

Aspect 20F - Links with LA, Academy, Trust and community resources

Y

N

The school works with the Local Authority, Education Improvement Partnership (EIP) and, where applicable, Academy and Trusts to develop and apply a set of a core standards for inclusive practice through the East Sussex Quality Mark for Inclusion quality assurance framework. (Recommended in the High Needs Funding for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND): 5.1.3 Mainstream SEND provision recommendations ,Recommendations for schools and school partnerships). Link in Resources.

The school establishes links and works collaboratively with the Local Authority through accessing a range of opportunities to further develop inclusive practice i.e. SENCO attendance at moderation panel, taking part in working groups to develop resource and policy, accessing a range of CPD provided by ISEND services and working with LA specialist services.

Where appropriate Senior Leaders, SENCO, class teachers and teaching assistants liaise with local special schools, charities, youth organisations, expertise from local mainstream schools and skills from within the voluntary sector to support the development of inclusive practice in the school.

The school collaborates with other schools to develop inclusive practice in the local area (EIP or alliance.)

The school actively engages in quality assurance through governance or peer review for SEND or Pupil Premium.

The school has audited the local and wider community as a resource to develop inclusive practice.

Results

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Area A: Statutory requirements, policies and practice

Area B: Whole School Approach

Area C: Personal development, behaviour and welfare

Area D : Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Area E: Outcomes for Pupils

Area F: Links with Local Authority (LA), Academy, Trust and community resources

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