Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D) and SEN Information Report
The governors and staff of Regent High School are committed to the inclusion of all students with special educational needs and disabilities in the full life of the school, with equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
We will endeavour to provide the support and encouragement our students need to participate and make progress within the curriculum.
- We welcome difference and diversity: learning from and about diversity strengthens our community.
- We help all of our students to realise their potential and to recognise the basic equality of all people so that they can become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and become life-long learners.
- We value, respect and celebrate the achievements of all students and young people.
- We are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers to ensure they are well informed and centrally involved in the life of the school.
- We will always involve parents and carers and their children in planning and reviewing progress; we know that parents are the first educators of their child; we need their knowledge to plan effectively.
- We know that the earlier we identify special educational needs and provide support, the more successful our students will be.
- We will provide expert support and resources for students with SEN/D to fulfil their potential.
- Our starting point is a whole-school approach to making provision for students with SEN/D: we make sure that all staff have the knowledge and skills to support all students with SEN/D in our school.
THE REGENT HIGH SCHOOL SEN INFORMATION REPORT
The Regent High School SEN Information Report sets out what we provide for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEN/D) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their lives and informs parents and carers about:
- how we welcome young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities into our school;
- how we remove barriers to achievement and support them in all aspects of school life;
- how we work in partnership with parents, carers and young people.
The school’s SEND and Support for Learning Policy gives more detail about our day to day procedures.
ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH SEN OR DISABILITIES
Parents and carers of children with SEND statements should apply via the SEND department of their home borough council.
Our Accessibility Plan, which outlines how we ensure that students, staff and families with disabilities are fully included in the life of the school can be found here.
Our state-of-the-art building is fully accessible to students, staff and families with disabilities.
THE CAMDEN LOCAL OFFER
The London Borough of Camden also publishes the Camden Local Offer setting out a wide range of information about the specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support and information for families of children and young people with SEN/D. It explains the procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which replaces the SEN Statement. You will also find information about:
- where to go for advice and guidance on SEN/D matters;
- leisure activities for children with SEN/D;
- arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation.
WHAT PARENTS AND CARERS OF CHILDREN WITH SEN/D TELL US
In a recent meeting, parents and carers of young people with SEN/D told us that, “This school does so much for our children; you are always trying to meet their needs and responding to individual worries”. They value the school’s flexibility and feel “listened to” and “consulted”.
A parent recently wrote to the school to thank the Support for Learning team for helping his son to improve: “He loves coming to school, his reading has improved so much since he started at Regent High School, he loves going to Computer Club after school and doing really well in all his subjects”.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS TELL US
Governors talk to our students with SEN/D regularly. The key message from Year 7 students this term was that they are enjoying school, making good progress and feel safe; students appreciate all the support they get both in class and in the intervention groups we run.
HOW WE REVIEW THE REGENT HIGH SCHOOL SEN INFORMATION REPORT
We review it by asking parents, carers and students what is working well and what they want to improve. The next review date will be July 2018.
HOW WE LEARN WITH AND FROM OTHER SCHOOLS
Regent High School is a learning community, and we believe that it is important to work with other schools to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEN/D matters are up-to-date. We also share our best practice with other schools. We have a programme of visits for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators (SENDCos) from other schools to discuss the way we support students with difficulties in reading.
We undertake visits to local schools to look at aspects of their practice, such as supporting students with physical difficulties and making best use of Teaching Assistants.
Our SENDCo attends the Camden SENDCo Forum which keeps all schools up-to-date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.
HOW TO FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE LOCAL OFFER AND SEN/D
You will find our SEND and Support for Learning Policy on our website, or you can collect a copy of the policy from the school reception on Chalton Street.
Visit the Camden Local Offer website for information about the Local Offer across Camden.
If you would like to talk to our SENDCo, Lisa Driscoll, we can arrange a meeting for you to have your questions answered. Please call the school on 020 7387 0126 or email email@example.com to arrange this.
One of our governors has a specific responsibility for overseeing SEN/D in the school. You can contact our SEND Governor via the Clerk to the Governing Body at the school on the above number or email.
To access the DfE guide for parents and carers please click here.