King James' School

Special Educational Needs

SEN Information Report

Produced in line with the recommendations from the SEN Code of Practice 2014, Chapter 6

1: Special Educational Needs that are provided for:  The school provides for students with a wide range of Special Educational Needs. The school is an Enhanced Mainstream School for students with autism and communication and interaction needs. We operate an inclusive mainstream model of provision. Our students with Special Educational Needs are not taught separately from the mainstream.

2: Identification of students and young people with SEN, assessing needs and contact details of the SENCO

SENCO - Miss Alison Jones

Communication and Interaction Co-ordinator: Enhanced Mainstream School - Mrs Claire Dwyer

Lead teacher for SEND in 6th form - Miss Anna Wilding

Specialist Teacher - Autism Outreach - Miss Nicci Watson

Lead Advanced Teaching Assistants - to be contacted in the first instance:

Year 7: Miss Michala Dennis

Year 8: Mrs Sue Recchia

Year 9: Mrs Lynn Hutchison

Year 10: Ms Marie Hewitt

Year 11: Ms Sarah Teece

Staff can be contacted via telephone: 01423 866061

Identification of Special Educational Needs is made through:

  • liaison with feeder primaries;
  • receipt of transition information from the Local Authority;
  • monitoring of progress data through Learning Cycle processes;
  • monitoring through vulnerable learner meetings;
  • regular liaison with Learning Managers and subject leaders;
  • feedback from teaching assistants;
  • feedback from and discussion with parents;
  • discussion with students
  • regular liaison with Autism Outreach Service and Locality Team meetings.

The Learning Support Department uses a range of Standardised Assessments to clarify and identify a range of needs across learning, social and emotional domains.

3: Arrangements for consulting parents of students with SEN and involving them in their child´s education

The school and department welcome contact from parents. Advanced Teaching Assistants within the Learning Support Department work closely with students in a designated year group and provide an increased opportunity for parents to liaise with a staff member who knows their child well.  We actively collaborate with Parents and Children Together (PACT) and host Parent Coffee Mornings.

Parents are invited to take a proactive role in participation at review meetings; where students have an Education, Health and Care Plan formal consultations take place annually in line with the Code of Practice.

4: Arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education

Students are consulted using the Learning Support Student Council forum, student views consultation booklet and a DVD of student views.  Some students are representatives on the North Yorkshire Flying High Consultation Group. Students are invited to attend meetings as appropriate where their progress is being discussed. Students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan are formally consulted annually.

5: Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children and young people´s progress towards outcomes

Students´ progress is assessed and reviewed by school staff every 9 weeks through the Learning Cycle process. Where students have intervention programmes which are additional and different, student progress is reviewed by the SENCO and/or the Learning Manager and/or Head of Department in line with the graduated approach outlined in the Code of Practice.

6: Arrangements for supporting children and young people in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood

Transition from Primary to Secondary School: The SENCo, the Co-ordinator for Communication and Interaction, the Year 7 Learning Manager, Pastoral Support Officer and the Advanced Teaching Assistant visit primary schools and meet with staff and students.  Staff from the Learning Support Department attend year 6 Annual Review meetings and CAF meetings. Autism Outreach locality meetings provide additional information for children on the autism spectrum. The Learning Support Department hold three additional transition days for students with special educational needs and a coffee morning for parents.  Students are invited to school in July to participate in the school INTAKE days.

Other key transition points: individual discussions with students and parents; supported work experience; students are offered additional interviews with the Careers and Alternative Curriculum Manager; work experience monitoring; accompanied visits to post-16 providers; highly personalised transition planning based on individual student need. The school has established strong links with post- 16 providers including Harrogate College, York College, Askham Bryan College; Ripon Evolve and local work experience and apprenticeship providers.

For students with an Education, Health and Care Plan, transition reviews from Year 9 are attended by the Careers and Alternative Curriculum Manager.

Where students transfer into King James’s School sixth form, the Lead for SEN in the 6th form liaises with the students’ previous schools, attends year 11 Educational, Health and Care Plan review meetings, meets with students and their parents and organises transition events.

7: The approach to teaching children and young people with SEN

In line with the revised SEN Code of Practice all students are included in lessons across the curriculum.  Time limited specialist Intervention programmes are delivered based on individual need.  Subject teachers plan lessons which are differentiated to help meet student need, with a focus on Universal Entitlement: Wave 1 provision. 

8: How adaptations are made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people

The majority of students follow a mainstream curriculum. Personalised adaptations are made according to individual need. Students with the highest levels of need may be taught within the Student Support Group for some lessons. The School provides facilities in line with the Disability Discrimination Act to meet the requirements of those students with more complex needs and is prepared to make reasonable adjustments according to individual student need.

9: The expertise and training of staff to support children and young people with SEN

The Learning Support Department has a high level of expertise and training. The SENCO and Communication and Interaction Co-ordinator have a range of qualifications to BA(Hons) in Education, Specialist Teacher qualification for teaching students with Specific Learning Difficulties and Masters Level in Special Educational Needs.  Additional staff within the LS Department are qualified to Diploma level in autism, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, NVQ levels 2 and 3; ELKLAN Speech, Language and Communication Programme.

Members of the Learning Support Department are qualified and experienced to deliver in- house training on a range of special educational needs to teaching and support staff. 

Any additional specialist expertise is sought and secured from the wider North Yorkshire Specialist Network of services.

10: Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEN

The progress of all students, including those with SEN, is evaluated every 9 weeks thorough rigorous data monitoring.

The effectiveness of time limited Intervention programmes are evaluated by staff, students and parents.

11: How children and young people with SEND are enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEN

All extra activities are open to all students. Where activities are provided for students with SEND, students without SEND are welcome to attend.

12: Support for improving social and emotional development. This should include extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of children and young people with SEN and measures to prevent bullying

The school invests in a wide range of pastoral roles and the employment of Advanced Teaching Assistants within the Learning Support Department whose remit has a focus on social and personal development.

SEN awareness and anti- bullying is incorporated into the whole school PHSCEE programme.

The Learning Support Department runs a ‘Good Morning’ Club and operates a Quiet Room for more vulnerable students. Support staff are available every break and lunchtime to meet with students.

Students with SEND are invited to join the Learning Support School Council group where issues concerning and relating to students with SEND can be shared and discussed.

Students may be offered a mentor with whom they can meet on a regular basis.

Assemblies which have an anti-bullying message and focus on individuals´ differences are delivered by Learning Support and pastoral staff.

Students participate throughout the year in fund raising activities to support associated charities.

13: How the school involves other bodies in meeting children and young people´s SEN and supporting their families

The school has established strong links with outside agencies. We work closely with colleagues in education, health, social care and careers including agencies such as CAMHS, Disability Children´s Team, Local Authority Support Teams, The Prevention Service.  Outside agency representatives are invited to play a role in the Annual Reviews of students’ Education, Health and Care Plans.

14: Concerns

If you have any concerns about the provision made for a student with SEND, the first point of contact is the Lead Advanced Teaching Assistant for the student´s year group.

15: Local Offer

The school supports the Local Offer of the Local Authority. The North Yorkshire Local Offer can be accessed by using the following link: