How does the school monitor the progress of children with SEN?
Once a child is identified as having SEN, a Support Plan is put together by the class teacher to outline a profile of the child and his or her needs, identified measurable targets with a timescale, the methods to be used in order to achieve specific outcomes and pupil and parental perspective. An assessment tool called ‘B Squared’ is used to measure small steps of progress that a child with SEN may make.
Once recorded, the support plan becomes a working document, which can be updated to show progress towards particular targets and set new ones. Adjustments to the plan can be made where necessary. The class teacher manages the plan and suggested actions. They will be accountable for the outcomes and therefore should discuss with the SENCO if they feel the plan is not working, for whatever reason.
A timescale will be attached to the plan so that everyone involved appreciates when outcomes should be reviewed. A review will take place within this timescale in which interventions can be evaluated, along with the views of the child and the parents. The plan can then be updated, or a further plan can be devised, if required, to enable the pupil to achieve their next steps in learning. Alternatively, the pupil may have made sufficient progress for the plan to cease.
· Further assessment requested from outside agencies, such as an Inclusion Consultant or Educational Psychologist, to gain a better understanding of the pupil’s profile and recommendations for support.
· Request top up funding from the local authority if cost of support goes beyond the £6,000 threshold that is the school’s responsibility. The school will need to complete a high needs application which shows that their plan is efficient and likely to succeed.
· Where, despite the school having taken relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet a child’s SEN, and the child has not made expected progress, the school or parents should consider requesting an Education, Health and Care assessment.