The budget allocation is agreed between our school and the Local Authority at the beginning of each financial year.
At Greenland Community Primary School, our notional SEN budget for 2020/21 is £138,759.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
- Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
- Matching activities to the ability/need of each child (differentiation)
- Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Education Plan
Funding is used to:
- Employ additional staff to promote inclusion through specific group/paired/individual provisions
- Employ and train a Special Educational Needs Coordinator to liaise with parents, other professionals and outside agencies to meet the needs of our pupils
- Facilitate management release time 1 day each week as a minimum for our SENCO to work with external professionals to support wider professional development in relation to SEN-e.g. in writing/reviewing quality SEN support plans.
- Allow teaching and support staff to attend professional training and meetings to ensure that they have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of pupils with specific needs. Supply cover may be required to pay for additional staff
- Meet costs that are often involved in purchasing appropriate training for staff
- Ensure opportunities for staff, parents, pupils and other agencies to liaise regularly are facilitated
- Buy specialist services to work with children/and or staff to identify/meet needs or support school in meeting needs e.g. Staff training-Speech and Language Department; Educational Psychology Service
- Provide specific learning and teaching resources required by individual programmes, or those resources which have the potential to facilitate access for all ensuring equality of opportunity by removing barriers or compensating for any disabling factor which might prevent a child from having the same access to provision as his/her peers
With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
- Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
- Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
- Suggest resources that would the child make progress
Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENCO to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help their child at home.
Our school staff will set targets for SEND children which will be shared with parents at regular review meetings.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.
A Costed Provision Map will be developed in liaison with the child, young person, parent or carer. An example of a costed provision map can be found on the Durham County Council Local Offer website.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.