Northfield House Is Proud To Be An Inclusive Academy

Northfield House Primary Academy is proud to be an inclusive school, valuing the individuality of all children. We are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations of all our children. The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter.

This page shares the policies and practices that we have in place to ensure these aspirations become apparent.

Changes To SEN

The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with special educational needs (SEN) are supported in schools. The new approach began in September 2014 and places pupils at the centre of planning. The key principles of the new legislation are:

  1. Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.
  2. Education, health and care plans (EHC) will replace statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years).
  3. School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.

A copy of Northfield House Primary Academy’s SEND Report, can be located below:

Northfield House Primary Academy SEND Report

Policies

As a school we are mindful of and comply with the LA Expectations of Schools, which outlines the key ways which pupils should be supported in class, along with expected equality duties shown in the school Single Equality Policy.

This section outlines a range of policies confirming the support we give identified pupils to address their additional needs. Different interventions and approaches are used to address specific areas and we would look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child and which of the interventions to use.

Click on the link below to view the relevant policies:

SEND Policy
Accessibility Plan
Induction Policy
Equality Policy
Behaviour Policy
Positive Handling Policy

Local Offer – How Can The Local Offer Help?

We can help you find services for children and young people with SEND up to the age of 25. You can start finding services by searching on this website.
In addition to helping you find services, the Local Offer:

  • Helps you understand what schools and service providers are required to do for SEND children and young people
  • Helps the parents and carers of young people with SEND find support for themselves
  • Clarifies who is responsible for services for SEND children and young people
  • Gives you the information you need to ensure your SEND child can thrive

Click here https://mychoice.leicester.gov.uk

Links For Parents

Supporting Your Child With Education

SENDIASS Leicester (old parent partnerships)

Parenting groups

ADHD solutions

Autism

Young Minds

Bereavement

Young carers

Concerns can range from learning difficulties, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairment, medical problems to emotional, social and mental health issues.

  • Some children may be working below age expected levels in Literacy and Numeracy which would indicate extra support may be needed. Some children may have specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia. Children may also have low scores on standardized tests e.g. reading/spelling age. It is important to remember that slow progress and low attainment does not necessarily mean that a child has special educational needs. However, it may be an indicator of a range of learning difficulties or disabilities. Equally it should not be assumed that attainment in line with age expected levels means that there is no learning difficulty or disability
  • Information passed from a child’s previous school may indicate that a child has a difficulty and support will need to be continued.
  • Reports received from e.g. doctors, educational psychologists, special needs teaching service, speech and language therapists may recommend specific support.
  • We always take into account information given by parents.
  • We listen to concerns expressed by the child.

After completing an assessment period, Teachers identify children to complete an ‘Early Monitoring form’ which will be discussed with parents and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Appropriate next steps for the child will be planned for and parents are actively encouraged to be involved in the decision making process.

Talk to your child’s class teacher about any concerns you may have. The class teacher will discuss these with the SEN Co-ordinator. Alternatively, you can arrange to meet with the SEN Co-ordinator directly.
Once it has been agreed that a child has additional needs, you will be informed and they will be placed on the Special Educational Needs Register under the category of SEN Support. They may receive extra support or intervention if this is felt appropriate. Your child will receive 3 reviews each year whilst they are on the SEN register. This will be recorded on their own individual Pupil Passport. If they continue to make slow progress or have ongoing problems then the school may ask for advice from outside agencies (see question 9). A small number of children may go on to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) – these are for the most complex children that have significant and ongoing needs. If a child has an EHC plan then they will also have an additional Person Centred Review and the plan can stay with them up to the age of 25 if it is deemed necessary. These children will also receive a review in the 1st half of the Autumn term of Year 6 to discuss transition to an appropriate secondary school.
At Northfield House Primary Academy we are mindful of and comply with the LA Expectations of Schools, which outlines the key ways pupils should be supported in class. Our provision menu shows the full range of specific targeted support we give identified pupils to address their additional needs. All interventions and approaches in this document have been shown to have a positive impact on pupils’ learning.
Different interventions and approaches are used to address specific areas and we look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child and which interventions to use.
Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all pupils in their class. Lessons are differentiated to match each child’s needs. Teachers will make reasonable adjustments to the curriculum to meet individual need. At Northfield House Primary Academy we have a well-designed curriculum with strong teaching and learning.
Teachers make on-going assessments for all children lesson by lesson and over a series of lessons. This information informs planning. Children receiving interventions will have their progress tracked throughout the time they are receiving the support. For children on the SEND register, there will be three reviews over the year. This will give you a chance to meet with the class teacher and you are offered the opportunity to meet with the SEN Co-ordinator during parent’s evenings. Your child’s progress will be discussed (including any interventions they have received). However, at any point during your child’s time at Northfield House Primary Academy, please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher how your child is doing. All children will receive a mid-year and end of year report that will inform you of your child’s progress throughout the year.
Children on the SEND register will be given outcome targets and at each review advice will be given on how you can help your child achieve these. At any point during your child’s time at Northfield House Primary Academy, you can talk to your child’s class teacher about what support you can give.
See our Removing barriers to learning document. This shows how we use out Inclusion Leader, Learning Mentor and Attendance Officer worker to support your child’s overall well-being.
There are a variety of services and expertise that we can access:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Learning
  • Communication and Interaction Support
  • Service (also Early Years Special Needs Teaching Service)
  • Learning and Autism Support Team
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Support Team
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • Visual / Hearing Support
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Medical – referrals to paediatricians via the GP
  • School Nurse
  • Social Care and Safeguarding
  • Sure Start
  • ADHD Solutions
  • Memphys
  • Parent Partnership

Services/Agencies

The Healthy Together School Nursing Service is a central and accessible point of contact for children, young people and their families, working with both health and non-health professionals, to promote and support their identified physical, emotional and social needs.

The School Nursing Service offers booked appointments, drop-in clinics (monthly in primary schools and weekly in secondary schools), virtual clinics, web chats, health fairs, a text messaging service (ChatHealth) and time-limited packages of care in response to need on a range of topics including emotional health, eating disorders, sexual health, drugs and alcohol etc.

The School Nursing Service can be accessed via the GP, a teacher or other school staff member, any healthcare professional involved in family care or directly by telephoning 0300 3000 007.

Public Health Nurse – School Nursing Service

Weekday service.

How to access:

  • GP
  • Child’s teacher or school staff
  • Healthcare professional involved in your family care
  • Families can contact directly and self-refer

Tel: 0300 3000 007

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people 0 – 18 years who have been referred by another professional; Social Services or the Education Psychology Service.

Referrals should be made if it’s thought the child or young person has mental health difficulties at a level which requires specialist support.

CAMHS provide a range of services including:

  • mental health assessments and intervention
  • therapeutic work, group work, family work
  • emergency assessments and inpatient care
  • advice and consultation to other professionals involved in the
  • child’s care

Local NHS text messaging service (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, response within 24 hours) providing confidential advice.

For young people ages 11-19 years

  • Tel: 07520 615 386 (Leicester City)
  • Tel: 07520 615 387 (Leicestershire County and Rutland)

For travelling families

  • Tel: 07520615384

For parents of children and young people 0 – 19 years

  • Tel: 07520 615 381 (Leicester City)
  • Tel: 07520 615 382 (Leicester County and Rutland)

XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

For more information about XenZone, please visit XENZONE.COM. If you’re a parent looking for more information about Kooth, please email PARENTS@XENZONE.COM

  • Online counselling, webchats, self-help resources available
  • For young people ages 11yrs – 25yrs to children and young people from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
  • Counsellors available
  • Monday – Friday: 12noon – 8pm
  • Weekends: 6pm – 10pm
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) helps children and young people 0 – 18 years who have been referred by another professional; Social Services or the Education Psychology Service.

Referrals should be made if it’s thought the child or young person has mental health difficulties at a level which requires specialist support.

CAMHS provide a range of services including:

  • mental health assessments and intervention
  • therapeutic work, group work, family work
  • emergency assessments and inpatient care
  • advice and consultation to other professionals involved in the
  • child’s care

Professionals Advice Line:

  • Provided by our Primary Mental Health Team
  • 8:30am to 3:00pm, Monday to Friday
  • 0116 2952900

Our helpline provides support and advice to parents and carers worried about the emotional wellbeing or behaviour of a young person in their care with confidential expert advice.

As a volunteer you’ll be a vital part of the Parents Helpline, which continues to be a lifeline for thousands of callers, helping more than 10,000 families per year.

  • UK Charity committed to improving the wellbeing and mental health of children and young people
  • Helpline for parents

Tel: 0808 802 5544

Welcome to Rainbows

Just like everyone else, our children need a place to play, laugh and love life. A place where they and their families are cared for and supported. Welcome to Rainbows – the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people.

Making the difference

Sadly, some children simply don’t live long enough. Since 1994 we’ve opened our doors and hearts to those children and the people who love them most. And now more than ever, we need your help to keep on bringing care and happiness to our children and families. As the East Midlands’ only hospice for children and young people, Rainbows is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Our incredible team of people help relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end.

Rainbows is the East Midland’s only hospice for children and is a place where life limited children and their families can find care and support. They also provide support and counselling for families and training to professionals. There is a section on the website showing useful links to organisations and resources.

Phone: 01509 638 000

Opened by the bereavement charity COPE in 1991, The Laura Centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person.

Based in Leicester, with centres also in Derby and Coventry, the centre offers wide ranging individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies. We have recently started working with the Zephyr Project offering counselling services at Nottingham City Hospital.

The Laura centre offers specialist bereavement counselling to parents whose child has died and to children or young people who have been bereaved of a parent or significant person. The centre offers a wide range of individual and group support as well as a variety of alternative therapies.

Tel: 0116 254 4341

Cruise is a UK charity for bereaved people in the UK, offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies. Cruise offers face to face, telephone, email and website support. There is a free national helpline Tel: 0800 808 1677 and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Services are provided by a network of 5,000 volunteers and are free and confidential.

If you are a young person and someone you know has died, why not send a private email to hopeagain@cruse.org.uk to one of our trained volunteers.

Charity offering advice, support and information for bereaved people

National helpline 0800 808 1677
Website for children and young people

Monday-Friday, 9:30am – 5:00pm.

NHS Choices is the Uk’s biggest health website, providing a multichannel service for every one engaging with the NHS and social care. The website provides comprehensive health information through articles, videos and tools to help people make the best choices about health and lifestyle. The mental health section includes information about a range of problems, including bereavement, relationships, talking to children about feelings, depression, anxiety, raising self esteem. The Moodzone section provides tips and advice to boost mental health, self help and treatments and where to go for additional help and treatment.

  • Multichannel service for everyone engaging with NHS and Social Care
  • Health Information
  • Moodzone (tips and advice to boost mental health, self help and treatment)
  • Where to go for additional help