Inclusion is a key part of our values here at Webheath and we aim to interweave inclusion at every level and in every sense through our whole school offer.
At Webheath Academy Primary School, we recognise that all children are individuals, each with their own strengths and difficulties. We aim to teach children in the way that best supports their learning and this means that all children, from the most able to those with additional difficulties and needs, can achieve their full potential in our school.
When children do experience difficulties in their learning, staff work closely with our Inclusion Team and parents, as well as appropriate outside agencies, to meet children’s needs.
Mrs Jayne Woodward is the school Inclusion Manager and is happy to meet with parents to discuss concerns. Please make an appointment through the school office.
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A child or young person has special educational needs (SEND) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her or them to learn than most other children and young people of about the same age.
Schools can help most children and young people overcome barriers to their learning by making simple adaptations to an activity or additional providing resources to assist them with their learning. Some children will need extra help for some or all of their time at school, in one or more areas of their learning. When considering progress rates: we always look at a child’s starting point in their early years education and track progress upon the expected norms from this point.
So, special educational needs could mean that a child or young person has:
- learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in their learning
- social, emotional or mental health difficulties –this could involve difficulties making friends/ relating to adults / regulating their emotions or behaviour, behaving or difficulties with their mental health
- specific learning difficulties – with reading (phonics), writing, maths or understanding and processing information
- sensory or physical needs – such as a hearing impairment/visual impairment, physical difficulties which might affect them accessing their learning, or a sensory overload in one or more area
- communication problems – in expressing themselves or understanding and processing what others are saying
- medical or health conditions – which may slow down a child’s or young person’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.
Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children and young people making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them to succeed.
If a child is making slower progress than expected, or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, it does not automatically mean that a child has special educational needs.
The Code of Practice for Special Needs has been implemented and the Worcestershire Guidelines are followed on the identification, assessment and provision for Special Educational Needs and Gifted & Talented.
Please see Worcestershire local offer https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/sendlocaloffer, our local offer through our documents and policies. You can find our SEND and Inclusion policy, SEND info, Pupil Premium and Catch up funding info here:
The Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) is allocated to schools from the Department for Education (DfE) to help vulnerable pupils achieve their potential. These include, pupils who are entitled to free school meals (FSM); those looked after by the Local Authority, children previously in-care who have been adopted and children of armed service personnel.
Using the pupil premium effectively
Introduced in April 2011, the PPG provides additional funding for publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.
School leaders are best placed to decide how to use the pupil premium to improve disadvantaged pupils’ academic attainment. There is a growing body of evidence on how schools can best help disadvantaged pupils make progress. The needs of all pupils should be assessed and the grant used to make maximum impact in the school. Pupil needs will differ and will cost differing amounts to address.
There is no expectation that schools should spend the grant only on eligible pupils, or on a per eligible pupil basis. When taking decisions on how to spend the grant, schools are encouraged to consider evidence on what will have the most impact on the pupils. Some of the most effective spending will be on whole school strategies, including improving the quality of teaching, which have the potential to impact positively on all pupils.
One of the key areas to focus is ensuring Quality first teaching for all children – this ensures that the most disadvantaged in our school make the best possible progress. This is enabled through effective training for teaching and learning.
Please see our strategies:
Currently, the PPG is calculated as follows:
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who are currently entitled to free school meals based on their family income: £1345 per pupil, per school year
- Children in Reception to Year 6 who were previously entitled to benefits-based free school meals, even if they’re no longer eligible: £1345 per pupil, per school year, for six years after they stopped qualifying for free school meals
- Children in care: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children previously in care who have been adopted, or who have a special guardianship order, a child arrangements order or a residence order: £2345 per pupil, per school year
- Children recorded as being from service families: £310 per pupil, per school year
To find out if your child is eligible for Free School Meals or, if in Foundation Stage, Year 1 or Year 2 is eligible to apply for the Pupil Premium Grant, please click here.
Adopted children: The school is not necessarily aware that a child has been adopted and therefore encourage parents and guardians to present this information to us. As is the case for all sensitive information this will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
The pupil premium plus (PP+) for children in care is additional funding for schools to support and help raise their educational attainment and progress. The funding is provided by the Department for Education and given to schools and education providers by the Virtual School. All children in care to Northamptonshire County Council enrolled at a school from Reception to Year 11 are eligible to receive the pupil premium plus.
Service child pupil premium
This is additional funding available for children of armed services personnel. Every service child is entitled to service child pupil premium while their parent is serving, and up to six years after the parent has left the armed forces (as long as it was claimed for 6 months prior to discharge).
Further information on the Pupil Premium Grant can be found at here.
If you have any further questions please contact the school office.