Parental involvement in SEND provision.
We have a long record of establishing positive relationships with the families of our students. We work on the basis that it is children's parents who have the most to contribute in terms of developing an accurate picture of children's strengths and needs and we rely heavily on their understanding to help us produce the most effective support strategies. Long before its emphasis in the new Code of Practice, we had a long standing tradition of working closely with students and their parents to identify needs, develop support plans and monitor their effectiveness. Where necessary, we will also draw colleagues from within the School or from agencies within the Local Offer into this working relationship.
Experience from our own families and from many years of working with children with SEN helps us to understand some of the stresses and strains that families may feel and we will always endeavour to provide families with as much support as we can. We want to ensure that our School is part of the
answer, not part of the problem. Consequently, although we are working under quite strict time restraints, we will always endeavour to make time to talk through issues with parents. The SENCO reserves appointments at set times to meet parents and these can be booked with the SEN administrator.
The School also recognises that students and parents have a lot to offer in terms of developing practice and procedure for supporting children with SEND. We welcome suggestions and actively seek out the opinions of students and parents as to how we can improve our services. This is done informally during interviews and reviews and more formally in discreet consultations.
Given our emphasis on quality first teaching and our practice of not withdrawing children from lessons, it is extremely important that parents can have contact with subject teachers. Apart from annual parents' evenings, many of our parents communicate directly with subject teachers, Heads of Year and Pastoral Managers. Email often proves to be the most effective method of communication.
Finally, things don't always go to plan and if parents think their child is not receiving the support they need, they can use the School's complaints procedure (click here) to address their issues. We also have a School Governor with responsibility for SEND, who can be contacted via the School.