SEND & Provision | Q&As

 
What does the curriculum look like for children with special educational needs and disabilities?

At Fareham Academy, all students with a special educational need and/or disability will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. However, reasonable adjustments may need to be made to individual student timetables in order to meet the needs of the particular child. The creation of an individual timetable will be coordinated by the SENCo depending on the needs of the child and parents would be involved with this decision making process.


Additionally, to ensure curriculum teachers are able to differentiate their subject area effectivity, the SENCo creates a centrally held SEND register to inform all staff of students’ needs and the provision that needs to be put in place to meet them. It is the responsibility of the teacher under the guidance of the SENCo, to plan lessons to meet the needs of the students in their classroom to ensure barriers to learning are removed and rapid and sustained progress is made.

 
How are parents involved in the academy and how can I be involved?

Every academic year, you will receive two reports on your child’s academic progress and will be invited to attend one parents evening. If your child has an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP), you will be invited to attend a yearly annual review with the SENCo. The SENCo will chair the meeting and complete the necessary paperwork, and will invite professionals involved with your child to attend this meeting. Within the annual review document, there is a section where parents or carers are asked to provide their comments for the review. You will get the opportunity to contribute to the document and discuss your views during the meeting.


We value and celebrate each child being able to express their views on all aspects of school life. As part of the tutor group and tutor programme, there are many opportunities for students to take on different roles and share their opinions.

 
How will my child be able to contribute to the design of their own provision?

Every academic year, each student gets the opportunity to be there tutor council representative. If elected they will get the opportunity to attend meeting and voice their tutor’s views.


If your child has an Educational Needs or an Education Health Care plan, they will be able to provide their views at the annual review meetings/EHCP review meetings

 
How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

At Fareham Academy, we use the following flow chart to ensure the needs of the children are met and supported:

It is important to note that Fareham Academy cannot provide a medical diagnosis for a child in our care. If you need support with this, please see your general practitioner (GP).

 

Once a special education need and/or disability is identified (whether a historical or emerging need) your child will be placed on our centrally held SEND register. This register informs staff of your
child’s need and the provision they need to put in place to meet their needs. If your child has an EHCP the SENCo will create an individual educational plan (IEP) and will update termly to ensure appropriate provision is put in place to meet the outcomes stated in their EHCP.

 
How are the academy's resources allocated and matched to children's special educational needs?

At Fareham Academy we endeavour to provide support to meet your child’s needs. We ensure reasonable adjustments are made so your child can engage in the activities of the school alongside students who do not have a special education need and/or disability. Fareham Academy has a designated teacher who is responsible for co-ordinating support for students with special education needs and/or disabilities (SENCo).


At Fareham Academy we believe in a person centred approach to provision. We believe that intervention initially needs to take place in the classroom through teacher differentiation. To support teaching staff with this, the SENCo will deliver training tailored to the four need categories. These include; communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health and sensory and physical needs.

Communication and Interaction

Children and young people with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) have difficulties communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with a SLCN is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulties with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or
social communication at different times of their lives.


Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have
particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language,
communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.

Three tiered provision model for a child on special education needs support and for a child with an EHCP:

Cognition and Learning


Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD); where children are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and associated difficulties with mobility and communication, through to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD); where 98% of children are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment. 


Specific learning difficulties (SpLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

 

Three tiered provision model for a child on special education needs support and for a child with an EHCP:

SEMH

 

Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder (AD).

 

Three tiered provision model for a child on special education needs support and for a child with an EHCP:

Sensory and or Physical Needs


Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with visual impairments (VI), hearing impairments (HI) or a multi-sensory impairments (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or support.

Some children and young people with physical disabilities (PD) require additional, ongoing support and equipment to access all opportunities available to their peers.


Three tiered provision model for a child on special education needs support and for a child with an EHCP:

 
How will my child’s data be shared at Fareham Academy?

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) register is a centralised register that informs teaching staff of a child’s difficulties and provides teaching staff with appropriate support strategies. You qualify to be on the SEND register if socially or academically your child is not reaching age related expectations. This information will be used to ensure teaching staff can plan and prepare effective lessons to ensure your child is provided with a high quality programme of study.

 
What is the role of the SENCo at Fareham Academy?

The key responsibilities of the SENCo:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school SEND policy

  • Co-ordinating provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities

  • Liaising with the relevant Designated Teacher where a looked after child has a special educational need and or a disability

  • Providing tiered support for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities

  • Liaising with parents of pupils with a special educational need and or disability

  • Liaising with professionals to support the child with special educational needs and/or disabilities

  • Support transition between key stages for a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities

  • Working with the Headteacher and Governing Body to ensure that the school meets its responsibilities under the Equalities Act (2010)

  • Ensuring that records for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities are kept up-to-date

 
What support will there be for my child's overall well-being?

At Fareham Academy, we pride ourselves on our inclusive environment. All members of staff at the school understand the importance of promoting high self-esteem in order to achieve positive well-being.


At Fareham Academy, we also have an on-site Student Support Services which is managed by Mrs Hoggarth and Miss Heath. Student services offer pastoral support as well as medical support with trained first aiders on duty at all times. Student services also offer intervention for; supporting vulnerable students, screening, supervised learning, mentoring services, youth services and support during unstructured times of the school day.


We have 6 members of staff who are Child Protection Officers should your child need a designated teacher to support them. Our Designated Safeguarding Leads are re-trained every 3 years and all staff are provided with training and updates regularly on Child Protection and safeguarding protocol.

 
What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had and are any being trained currently? What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the academy?
SEND Department


The SEND department is co-ordinated by Laura Holliss who is a qualified English teacher, holds the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCo), is ELKLAN trained in Verbal ASC, is TeamTeach trained and is currently undergoing training to become the Teacher of the Deaf.

 

At Fareham Academy, we currently have 13 Learning Support Assistants with a broad range of training in various areas including: Speech and Language, Autism Awareness, British Sign Language, Deaf Awareness, Speech Language Communication Needs awareness, ELSA and various other skills. Subject teachers also get annual training, provided by the SENCo as well as external agencies on Speech Language Communication Needs Awareness, Deaf Awareness and Inclusion amongst others. Some of our Learning Support Assistants have completed a Level 3 (ELKLAN) course for Speech and Language and are therefore skilled in supporting students with this need in the classroom. One of our LSA team also runs a young carers group after school to support our vulnerable students.

Hearing Impaired Resource Provision


At Fareham Academy, we provide a Hearing Impaired Resource Provision which is called the LINK centre. The LINK centre is co-ordinated by our trainee teacher of the deaf and provides students with hearing impairments daily support. This support includes daily hearing checks, private speech and language therapy, daily equipment checks, a programme of social communication and emotional literacy and access to signed support. Our communication support assistant supports the
students in their mainstream lessons whilst also providing BSL lessons and over teaching in the LINK centre. We also provide staff and students with deaf awareness training each year as we believe an inclusive education is the key to success.

Student Support Services


Our Student Support Services is made up of Mrs Hoggarth, Miss Heath and Miss Bye. Mrs Hoggarth and Miss Heath are both have ELSA status and provide emotional support to identified students. All members of student support staff are first aid trained. We also work closely with external agencies such as; MOTIV8, school nurse, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), paediatricians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, educational psychologists and social care.

 


SPACE Centre


Fareham Academy has a SPACE Centre (Solutions Provision and Core Education). The SENCo works closely with the team to identify students they feel would benefit from the personalised packages they provide. They provide intervention to support students with; developing their social skills, ability to work independently or to self-regulate their behaviour.

 


Exam Dispensation


Mrs Cooper, with the support of Mr Butterworth has the responsibility to identify whether a child needs academic support through Access Arrangements, Reasonable Adjustments and Special Consideration. Under the Equality Act of 2010, the Joint Council for Qualification (JCQ) requires an Awarding Body to make reasonable adjustments where a disabled person would be at a substantial disadvantage in undertaking an assessment. Such reasonable adjustments under the approval of the
examination board enable the students to have extra time in exams, a scribe should their writing hinder their clarity of expression, have a reader and/or computer reader to help them if they are slow readers.

 
How will my child be included in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips?

All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and we encourage all students to be included on school trips and extra-curricular clubs. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful. A risk assessment is carried out before all school trips to ensure the health and safety of everyone will not be compromised.

 
How accessible is the Academy environment?

There is disabled access to the school building as well as a disabled toilet on the ground floor. There are currently no alternative arrangements for disabled access to the first floor. Should you like a copy of the Accessibility Plan, then please contact the school and we will be more than happy tosend out a copy for your perusal.

 
How will the academy prepare and support my child in joining the Academy or the next stage of education and life?

At Fareham Academy we want to prepare and ensure transition for your child is smooth. For student who has a special educational need or and disability the SENCo with liaise with the SENCo at their primary school to ensure we are well informed of your child’s needs and provision. If your child has an EHCP, the SENCo will attend Year 6 transition meetings before your child begins at Fareham Academy. For children joining Fareham Academy in Year 7 we offer a one week transition in the final
term of Year 6. There is also a 2 week Summer School available for Year 6 students. We also hold two open evenings a year where parents are invited to come and familiarise themselves with the school and speak to staff. For children with SEND we encourage more visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings. We also provide ongoing support at key stages of education including input from our careers advisor from year 9 onwards.


Finally, in Year 11 the SENCo will co-ordinate transition meetings to further education to ensure your child is given the most effective support even when they leave Fareham Academy. For college transition a named member of staff may accompany and support students on their taster days and to interview to support a smooth transition and ensure new staff are fully aware of their needs.

Academy Address
 
St Anne's Grove,
Fareham,
Hampshire,
PO14 1JJ
Contact Information
 
Main Office
Tel: 01329 318003
Email: enquiries@fareham-academy.co.uk

 

Enquiry emails are picked up by our receptionist, Mrs S Jeffries, and forwarded to the appropriate member of staff.

Fareham Academy is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 8549807