The educational needs of most of our students are met through carefully structured work in the classroom, balancing support and challenge for children of every ability level. Some students, however, encounter a variety of learning difficulties. We undertake liaison with primary schools to identify appropriate support strategies, and then monitor and assess individuals throughout school. We aim to provide support as far as possible within the resources available. If necessary, additional support can be requested from the Local Authority; this will be organised by the Special Needs Coordinator, Mr C Jackson, after full consultation with parents/carers. Mr Jackson can be contacted on 0191 3882248 / email@example.com. The SEND Governor is Mrs Caygill and can be contacted by the main office.
The School identifies and supports students with specific academic, sporting or musical gifts, providing a range of extension and enrichment opportunities for them throughout the academic year.
Park View SEND Information Report
From September 2014, the Governor asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish a local offer. This is information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). In addition, every school has to publish what they can offer their own pupils. At Park View School we are an inclusive school and cater for a wide range of individual needs. Please feel free to view the ‘Local Offer’ document below, which should explain in more detail the provision that will be made for your child at Park View School.
Please contact Mr Jackson at the school should you require a printed copy of this document.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (Formerly Durham Parent Partnership Service) offers support, information and impartial advice to parents, carers, children and young people up to the age of 25 years in relation to special and educational needs and disability Website: www.durhamsendiass.info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0191 587 3541
Park View Send Provision
Some students require support additional to what is provided through QFT and such support is bespoke to the needs of each individual student. Examples include additional literacy lessons in-lieu of a second modern foreign language, individual mentoring, homework support, use of the SEN bases at break-times and lunch-timed, in-class support, life skills (budgeting, independent travel, cooking, etc. to prepare for independence in adulthood), social and communication skills groups and bespoke 1:1 or small group interventions
For students transferring to Park View School at a point other than the normal point of transfer or for in-year transfers, information on SEND is requested from the previous school and shared with teaching and support staff.
For students at Park View School, teaching staff will raise any concerns in relation to students who may need some additional support. Concerns are raised with the Learning Co-ordinator and/or SENDCO who will undertake appropriate consideration of potential needs and, where appropriate, will make referral to other agencies for assessment.
The only exception is Year 7 where the Learning Co-ordinator is static so that she can work closely with contributor primary schools to ensure that there is a smooth transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Each year group at our Church Chare site has a non-teaching Guidance Manager to deal quickly with any issues which may present as barriers to learning with a Guidance Manager working alongside both year groups at our North Lodge site for the same purpose.
There are also 2 Family Liaison Officers whose role is to work with families on a variety of issues with a particular focus on removing barriers to poor attendance. ‘Medical Plans’ are overseen by the main office and the school nurse. The school has adopted a restorative approach to behaviour management so that students and staff can resolve any issues and find ways forward to support students personal development and wellbeing. The school also has a Student Support Centre where students can work within either 1:1 or small groups to avoid fixed-term or permanent exclusion. Within this department the staff will work on the area that has caused the student to be placed in the centre with the aim of developing reflective consideration, empathy and ways to move forwards.
Park View School employs its own counsellor to support students experiencing social, emotional or mental health difficulties.
The school will also make referrals to external agencies when it is deemed necessary to gain additional support for students’ or families’ needs. These include, but are not restricted to, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), OT (Occupational Therapy) and SALT (Speech and Language Therapy). There are additional services provided by Durham County Council which can be commissioned depending on need.
At both our North Lodge and Church Chare sites are our SEN bases, which offer specialist SEN staff supervision at break-times and lunch-times for students who need additional support in free-association time. Students with autism and/or sensory processing difficulties in particular enjoy the quieter nurturing environment offered in the SEN bases at these times, including social and communication development through board games, Lego and age-appropriate collaborative games on the Xbox. All SEND students can complete homework with adult support at these times also.
Students who have SEND will be supported on school trips by SEN staff where there is a need and where such reasonable adjustments can be made to ensure all students have fair access to curriculum and co-curricular visits.
For students transferring to Park View School at a point other than the normal point of transfer or for in-year transfers, the SENDCO and/or Learning Co-ordinator will liaise with the parents/carers and previous school to assess the level of support the individual student will require.
As we are a split site school in Year 8 certain students also take part in additional visits to the Church Chare site to get a ‘feel’ for the transition. They will again go with their entire year group when they visit the Church Chare site. When it comes to the transition into Sixth Form or College Park View School’s Careers and Guidance Officer will work with students to ensure that they are aware of all the opportunities open to them at the end of Year 11. The school also works closely with the ‘One Point’ advisor to ensure that students receive the correct guidance for their choices. There are also specialist parents evenings at key points of the school year to help all stakeholders make an informed decision about the appropriate options to take.
Parents/carers do not have to wait for parents’ evenings or SEND reviews to discuss any concerns with the school. The earlier any concerns are raised with school about a student’s progress, the quicker appropriate support can be offered.
What other information is there regarding SEND?
Parents/carers are invited to download the Park View School SEND Offer for further information.
Durham County Council’s SEND Local Offer can be accessed at http://www.countydurhamfamilies.info/kb5/durham/fsd/localoffer.page
Gateshead’s SEND Local Offer can be accessed at https://www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/2694/Special-Educational-Needs
Sunderland’s SEND Local Offer can be accessed at https://www.sunderlandinformationpoint.co.uk/kb5/sunderland/directory/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0
What is the current picture of SEND at Park View School?
As of the Autumn Term 2019 there are 229 students with some form of SEND at Park View School which equates to 14 per cent of the students on roll. The table below states the number of students on roll with specific needs:
|Number of Students|
|Education, Health and Care Plan||17|
|Short Note (Raising Awareness)||102|
Inclusive in the above figures are 35 students who have a diagnosis of autism and 27 students who have a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Who are the SEND team?
SENDCO: Mr Jackson, B.A. (Hons), PGCE, NASENCO, Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Carr with responsibility for Exam Access Arrangements and upper school interventions.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Collingwood with responsibility for Life Skills, English and as Additional Language, assistive technology and Assistant Learning Co-ordinator for Year 7.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Duffield with responsibility for Year 7 and Year 8 Literacy support and lower school interventions.
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Pearson with responsibility for primary school transition and support for students through Education Health Needs team.
Learning Support Assistant: Ms Taylor with responsibility in-class support, SEN base support and 1:1 provision.
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Wilkinson with responsibility in-class support, SEN base support, 6th Form support and 1:1 provision.
Learning Support Assistant Apprentice: Miss Snow with responsibility for in-class support and SEN base support.
Assistant Headteacher Inclusion: Mrs Tate
SEND Governor: Mrs Caygill
Compliments and/or suggestions
Please tell us what you think about our Local Offer by emailing Mr Jackson on email@example.com or call the school directly on 0191 3882248.