Horniman Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children living in our local area. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), are entitled to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum. Alongside quality first teaching and a rich curriculum offer, we may also provide additional and different provision in order to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Inclusion Manager, Sofie Hashmi, oversees the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND Policy and co-ordinates the provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. She coordinates and liaises with external professionals, ensuring appropriate support and interventions are implemented and reviewed.
All interventions and provisions provided are personalised in order to ensure highly differentiated curriculum support. Alongside this, pupil progress is regularly monitored, to ensure academic and personal achievement and that barriers to learning are being removed.
Who should I speak to if I have concerns about my child?
Parents and carers with concerns about their child should, in the first instance, arrange to meet with the class teacher; this can be arranged through the school office. The class teacher will respond to your concerns and put in place support. Further concerns can be referred to the Inclusion Manager.
If after a period of interventions and adjustments your child still does not make adequate progress, the class teacher will refer to the Inclusion Manager and assessments may be carried out to provide more detailed information about your child’s barriers to learning. These will be investigated by the Inclusion Manager in consultation with parents and carers and may lead to referrals to outside agencies.
Caveat and Disclaimer
Due to the personalised and highly differentiated nature of our support for learners with SEND, the SEND information below is subject to change. Not every intervention will be available to every child with SEND. Allocation of specialist services and intervention will be dependent on need, funding and specialist teacher/service availability.
Lewisham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers.
They are currently offering:
1. A confidential, impartial service with a team of dedicated practitioners
2. Virtual meetings with a SENDIASS practitioner
3. Telephone and email support on matters relating to SEN Law
4. They are providing parents/carers and young people with information and advice specific to their case
SENDIASS would like to encourage parents/carers and young people to visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KIDS-Lewisham-Sendiass-1317153604969071/
which has up to date information and guidance from central government (the Department for Education), the Local Authority and Council for Disabled Children for parents/carers; young people and schools.
Alternatively, you can their website at https://www.kids.org.uk/lewisham-sendiass
which also has up to date information on what is currently happening for families with SEND. (guidance and advice).
SENDIASS would like to hear from families about how they are doing and how they can help them during these unprecedented times. Above is a copy of the SENDIASS questionnaire.
Once you have completed the form, email it to their inbox using Lewisham@kids.org.uk. This will provide the practitioners with some basic information on your individual case and a practitioner will then contact you to offer support and advice with your concerns.
Please note: There is an excellent checklist (Supporting home learning routines - Planning the day) I believe many parents may find this is a useful tool.