Special Educational Needs & Equality

Special Educational Needs

Mrs Overton is the SENCo at Hexham First School.

We currently have 113 pupils in our school from Nursery to Year 4. The proportion of pupils with SEND support (19%) is slightly above national average. The proportion of children with a statement / Education Health Care (EHC) plan is in line with the national average.

Our Special Educational Needs Policy sets out how the school will meet the needs of children experiencing difficulties, taking into account the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This can be found as a download on this page.

At Hexham First we aim for early identification of needs through continuous assessment of the basic skills. Parents are consulted when staff become aware of any problems, and are encouraged to work in partnership with school to provide the best possible support for the child. We work closely with a range of services to ensure we are assessing and addressing individual needs.

SEN Governors

Mrs Shepherd is the SEND Link Governor.

Mrs Shepherd and Mrs Overton(SENCo) meet on a Termly Basis to discuss SEND provision at Hexham First .

Please make a request via the school office if you would like to see a summary of our SEND Governor / SENCo Termly Meetings.

Code of Practice

Please see the Code of Practice (2014) for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (at the bottom of this page).

Accessibility Plan

See our current accessibility plan (at the bottom of this page).

SEND Information Report (School / Local Offer)

Hexham First School must publish information regarding the provision that they provide to children attending the school. The SEND Information Report was devised in consultation with staff and Governors. Pupil voice and Parental views are paramount to developing inclusive practice, and were considered when creating the offer.

Northumberland County Council also publish a Local Offer that parents, carers and families can access to find information on the range of services and support available in the Northumberland area. Please click on the link below which will redirect you to the Family Services Directory and Local Offer website.

The SEND information, advice and support service also offer impartial information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities. This service is free and confidential. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below which will redirect you.

Medical Needs

We have experience of supporting children with a range of medical needs.
Children with specific medical needs have a care plan in place, where appropriate.
Training is provided to staff in order to meet the individual medical needs of each child.

This may involve training from medical staff to support us in meeting individual needs.

Copies of Documents

Please contact the school office if you require paper copies of these documents or if you would like a large print copy of any of our documents.

Complaints Procedure

If you are the parent of a child at Hexham First School with special educational needs and you wish to make a complaint about the support or service that the school provides then please seek guidance from the Complaints Procedure document available to download on this page. It is also available in the School Info section, on the School Policies page and on the Complaints Procedure page.

Equality Objectives

2017 – 2020

Characteristic: We have very few racist incidents reported in school.

Objective: Make sure staff are familiar with the revised racist incident report form and the four types of incident described.

Characteristic: Principles of equality underpin all our key decisions and plans. We need to make this transparent and visible.

Objective: We undertake equality analysis on any new or proposed policy, funding or initiative, and at least annually we analyse the equality impact of our development plan.

Characteristic: We take interventions for all individual needs seriously and evidence shows that pupils make outstanding progress. However, this progress must be maintained when the interventions end.

Objective: To closely monitor children who have completed interventions in order to ensure that continuous progress is maintained.

Characteristic: We have families with many differing domestic circumstances.

Objective: To closely monitor and ensure that all families are treated with equal and utmost respect at all times.