SEND Information Report 2018/19

This report sets out the Henry Box School's provision for students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability). It is updated and published annually; it is in line with the guidelines set out in the SEND Regulations 2014, and the SEND Code of Practice provided by the DfE and DoH. You can also find a number of the school's policies relating to this provision here.

What kinds of SEND do we make provision for?

Here at HBS, we provide for students with a wide range of SEND. These may include:

  • Communication and interaction (C&I) needs; this may include students who have speech and language difficulties, those with ADHD and/or autism (ASD).
  • Cognition and learning (C&L) needs; including students with a range of learning and specific learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  • Social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).
  • Sensory and/or physical needs; including students who have visual or hearing impairments or a physical disability that affects their learning.

How do we identify students with SEND and how are their needs assessed?

We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a student may have a special educational need.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) provides detailed guidance to support schools, "Identifying and supporting SEN in Oxfordshire schools and settings". Using this guidance, HBS has created a school referral and assessment procedure to help staff identify any needs that may be preventing progress.Decisions are then made, in consultation with parents or carers, about next best steps. The guidance provided by OCC and policies within school help shape any adaptations to teaching, interventions and reviews. We also use provision mapping to monitor and track a student's current provision and progress.

How do we consult parents/carers and students?

At HBS we place huge importance on the communication between school, parents and carers, and students. We aim to identify students' needs, plan appropriate provision for those needs and determine desired outcomes. At each stage, we keep in close contact with families, and adjust support and strategies accordingly.

Parents, carers and students can contact the SEND team via email or telephone. We can organise appointments throughout the school year.

Those students with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) receive support thoughout school from our highly trained staff, and will receive regular review meetings.

How is the curriculum adapted for SEND students?

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all students including those with SEND.  You can curriculum information here. Sometimes adaptations to the curriculum or environment are required for students with special educational needs and disabilities. You can view details of the school's Access policy  and other policies here.

High quality teaching differentiated for individual students is the first step in responding to students who have or may have special educational needs.  The SENDCo works with teachers to provide information, training, strategies and guidance to support effective teaching of the school curriculum.

Sometimes students require something additional or different from what is available within the classroom.  We offer a range of support and interventions for students dependent on individual circumstances. 

What expertise can we offer?

KewThe school's leader for Inclusion is Mrs Keely Ewart-Brookes. Keely brings with her a number of years' experience as a SENCO within schools in and around Oxford. Keely's role is to ensure that staff are supported in teaching pupils with additional needs, as well as teaching and mentoring groups of students herself.

The Link supports students to overcome social, emotional, mental health issues and autism spectrum needs. Learn more here.

Young carers can also access support within school, to find out more, click here.

The Learning Support Department consists of a highly qualified and experienced team of Teaching Assistants (TAs) who work closely with students to help with their learning.

Sometimes students require alternative provision. This may mean accessing work experience or vocational training This is organised through our Family Link Worker, Mr John Bearn.

The Henry Box School SEND administrator is Olivia McPhee. Olivia has a background in casework in the civil service and has a keen interest in supporting children and young people in education.

If you need any further information on SEND provision within HBS, please email Olivia here or telephone the school on 01993 703955.

We also have access to a range of specialist support services including:

  • Educational Psychology Service

  • SENSS, who support children with communication and language, sensory and physical needs

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

  • Early Intervention Hub

  • Children’s Social Care

  • Oxfordshire Inclusion Team

  • Therapy Services

How do we know if SEND provision is effective?

The progress of all students is tracked throughout the school through the progress review system.

In addition, for students with SEND we regularly review progress towards outcomes, assessing whether the support and interventions that have been put in place have made a difference and what we need to do next. Where appropriate, we evaluate this progress against age-related expectations.

When we run specialist intervention programmes for individuals or groups of students, we assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run interventions in the future.

How are students with SEND helped to access activities outside the classroom?

All students are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010.  We talk to parents, carers and students when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen and to discuss any adjustments that might need to be made.

The school has a range of extra-curricular activities that are fully inclusive; please talk to your child’s tutor for more information about what is available.

If you would like to know more about opportunities for children and young people with SEND and their families, support groups or information about SEND, these are listed in the Family Information Directory

Oxfordshire’s ‘Local Offer’ contains lots of information for parents/carers:

OCC Special Educational Needs and Disability: The Local Offer

Our school has contributed to the County’s ‘Local Offer’ through attendance at training workshops and through trialling of new guidance and systems.

What do we do to support the wellbeing of students with SEND?

All students have dedicated tutor time every day.  This is an opportunity to share views, ideas, achievements and challenges.  The Student Support Team is also available to support students with any difficulties.  We listen to the views of students with SEND by ensuring opportunities to talk to a trusted member of staff.  Peer mentoring is used to provide support where appropriate.  A dedicated team, The Link, is available for targeted support where there might be social, emotional or mental health needs. There are two highly trained, experienced counsellors also based within the Link. Students can self-refer or be referred by House Leaders/Student Support Managers. You can learn more here.

We take bullying very seriously.  Issues related to bullying are discussed in tutor time, assemblies and through dedicated lessons.  The school has an anti-bullying policy

Joining the school and moving on

We encourage all new students to visit the school before starting.  For students with SEND, we:

  • Work closely with primary partner schools.

  • Attend meetings and reviews at primary school so that we understand the needs of individuals.

  • Arrange additional visits to school to meet relevant staff and gain confidence in the new school environment.

  • Encourage parents/carers to visit a variety of schools, to ensure a balanced perspective.

We begin to prepare students for transition into the next stage of their education or training in a number of ways:

  • With their choices for GCSE and vocational courses - for example, in conversation with students and parents/carers.

  • Through conversations with teachers, mentors, students and parents/carers when students are in Year 10 and Year 11.

  • With adviser support to ensure all students with SEND have guidance and support in appropriate provision post 16.

  • Work experience (one week at the end of Year 10 for all Year 10 students; more extended placements for carefully selected students based on their needs in preparation for adult and working life).

  • By focusing on outcomes that represent students' ambitions for education, training and adult life.  

Impartial advice and support on all issues affecting students’ education, including SEND provision, is given by SENDIASS. You can learn more about this service here.