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SEND Local Offer (Special Educational Needs Guidance)

Also see Southwark's Local Offer pages.


How we identify individual special needs:

  • If our staff think that your child has a special need this may be because-


  • they are not making the same progress as other pupils in their class,
  • they are not making progress at the same rate as they did previously,
  • they are not able to follow instructions or answer questions,


  • The staff will observe your child.
  • The staff will assess their understanding of what they are doing in school and use tests to pinpoint what is causing their difficulty.
  • What if your child has an identified special need or a disability before they start at St Joseph’s? Then the school works with the people who already know your child and uses the information available to identify how your child can best be supported.
  • If you tell us your child has a special need. We will discuss this with you and investigate your child’s needs. We will share what we discover with you and agree with you what we can do next and what we can do to help your child.



How we involve pupils and their parents/carers in identifying SEN and planning to meet them.

  • You will be involved in all decision making about your child’s support.
  • We will discuss with you your child’s attainment and progress, and whether their understanding and behaviour are the same at home and at school, and where the difficulties arise.
  • We will agree with you a way forward; levels of support, interventions, expectations and timescales.
  • A personalised plan will be formulated, with your agreement; this will be reviewed with you termly.



How we adapt the curriculum and modify teaching approaches so that we meet pupils’ special needs.

  • Teachers plan work which is appropriately challenging so that every child is able to learn at their own pace and in their own way.
  • The school uses additional schemes/materials so that we have additional work which will support pupils with special needs.




Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Better Reading

Better Reading

Early Language Support

Numbers Count 2



Writing group(s)

Writing group(s)

Maths group(s)

Maths group(s)

Speech and Language

Speech and Language

Learning Mentor

Learning Mentor

Talking Tables

Toe by Toe (phonics/reading)



How we review your child’s progress towards meeting their targets.

  • Your child’s progress will be reviewed termly against the expected learning outcomes in their personalised plan, and the progress they are making in their lessons.
  • The following people will be involved in the review meeting: class teacher, SENCO, parent(s)/carer(s). The views of all participants at the meeting, plus your child’s views (see below) will be taken into account when considering whether the learning outcomes have been achieved.
  •  Your child will give their view of their progress prior to the meeting
  • A discussion will follow the review of the best way forward to support your child to make further progress.



What additional support the school brings in to help us meet the needs of pupils.

  • We have support from the Local Authority with the provision of an educational psychologist.
  • We have support from the Speech and Language Service: their therapists advise on strategies and programmes to support pupils with language difficulties, and train our staff to deliver programmes daily if required.
  • We have support from the School Nurse Service: every school has its own school nurse, whom parents may contact and meet via the school.
  • Support is also available to us from the Local Authority through occupational therapists and out reach programmes from a range of specialist provision as and when required.



Extra curricular activities at St Joseph’s

  • Extra curricular activities, curriculum related trips, church masses, outings and school journey are for all pupils whatever their abilities or needs.

How we support pupils at times of transition.

  • In the summer term before your child starts in Reception the school will meet with parents and offer a home visit to discuss your child’s needs.
  • At the end of Year 6 we will liaise with the SEN department of your child’s secondary school to ensure a smooth transition and appropriate provision of support.



How additional funding works.

  • Schools receive funding for all pupils including those with special needs and disabilities and they meet pupils’ needs from this.
  • The Local Authority may contribute if the cost of meeting an individual pupil’s needs is more than £6,000 per year.
  • If the assessment of a pupil’s needs identifies something that is significantly different from what is usually available there will be additional funding allocated. Parents will have a say in how this is used.
  • Parents will be told if they are eligible for a personal budget for their child, this has to be used to fund the agreed plan.


 Where parents/carers can get extra support

  • Southwark Parent Partnership – now called Southwark Information, advice and Support Team
  • Contact details – phone 020 7525 2886 or 020 725 2866
  • Address – Sunshine House, 27 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
  • Drop in sessions at the above address – term time only

Tuesday, 9.30am to 12.00noon

Thursday, 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Also see the Schools SEN policy.



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