Parents/Carers – what to do if you have concerns/worries
If you think your child may have a special educational need that has not been identified, you should talk to your child’s class teacher, form teacher, head of year, to the SENDCO or to the Headteacher straightaway.
You will be able to talk over your concerns and find out what the school thinks. The SENDCO will be able to explain what happens next.
Working together with your child’s teachers will often help to sort out worries and problems. The closer you work with your child’s teachers, the more successful any help for your child can be.
You might like to ask if:
• the school thinks your child has difficulties;
• the school thinks your child has special educational needs;
• your child is able to work at the same level as other children of a similar age;
• your child is already getting some extra help; and
• you can help your child.
We will consult parents/carers about all the decisions that affect their child. If you, as a parent/carer have concerns or worries at any time, you should share them with your child’s teacher or Headteacher or any other professional working with your child.
Parents/carers will be made fully aware of the planned support and interventions and, where appropriate, plans will seek parental involvement to reinforce or contribute to progress at home. Parents/carers will also be involved in reviews of support provided to their child and have clear information about the impact of the support and interventions, enabling them to be involved in planning next steps.
If you want to talk to someone who is independent and knows about special educational needs, you can get advice from the local Derbyshire Information and Advice service or from national or local voluntary organisations. This organisation was formerly Parent Partnerships and is now called Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Advice and Support (IAS) Service. (SENDIASS).
We will provide an annual report for parents/carers on their child’s progress.
Where a student is receiving SEN support, we will talk to parents/carers regularly to set clear outcomes and review progress towards them, discuss the activities and support that will help achieve them, and identify the responsibilities of the parent/carers, the pupil and the school. We meet parents/carers at least three times each year.
The views of the student will be included in these discussions. This may be through involving the student in all or part of the
discussion itself, or gathering their views as part of the preparation.
A record of the outcomes, action and support agreed through the discussion is kept and shared with all the appropriate school staff and a copy given to the student’s parents/carers.