All Lambeth Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
“Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language make good progress.”– Ofsted, November 2016
What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
- The Children and Families Bill will become enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
- You can find Lambeth’s Local Offer HERE
The School SEND Information Report
This utilizes the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. You can access this document below.
Children who are looked after by Social Services or who are living with foster families:
We provide a safe learning environment for our Looked after Pupils ensuring that their individual needs are met by maintaining good communication with those caring for the child, social services and support services. We commit to attending review meetings and ensuring the targets set on Personal Education Plans are integrated into school life.
Children whose home language is not English:
At Christ Church Primary SW9 we welcome and value pupils who speak more than one language and who represent a range of different cultures and backgrounds. We celebrate these different languages through the everyday life of the school, and during special events such as ‘International Evening’. When a child arrives at Christ Church who does not speak English, they will receive extra support from staff and be given a peer mentor who speaks the same language to help them settle in.
Children who are Able, Gifted and/or Talented:
We are committed to providing an environment which encourages all pupils, including more able pupils to maximise their potential a high level of performance in an academic and non-academic areas. A High Achiever can be usually defined as the top 5-10% of academic achievers however high achievers are also identified in non-academic areas.
We aim to encourage pupils to be independent learners and provide work at an appropriate level and opportunities for pupils to work with like-minded peers both within school and the wider community. Provision for pupils is through quality first teaching and differentiation in the classroom, teacher expectation of pupil performance and additional learning activities wherever possible.
Children who are at risk of harm, disaffection or disadvantage:
This group of pupils includes…
- Pupils who may be subject to abuse, or harassment.
- Pupils whose family are in crisis, or under great stress.
- Children whose families may be asylum seekers or refugees.
- Pupils with poor attendance.
- Pupils who are at risk of disengagement or exclusion from school.
At Christ Church, we have a strong pastoral team. Mr Tranter, our Inclusion Manager and Miss Tawiah, our Learning Mentor are dedicated to offering support to families and signposting them to further help where needed.
Our Inclusion Team:
The Christ Church community work as a team to support children in overcoming any difficulties they may have. This team may include parents and carers, teachers, and external professionals.
Meet the key members of our Inclusion Team…
Mr Tranter, Inclusion Manager
Mrs Lowton, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator.
Jayne Mitchell, Executive Headteacher and Child Protection Officer
Miss Tawiah, Learning Mentor
Sarah, Educational Psychologist
Tess Miller, Educational Psychotherapist
, Speech and Language Therapist
Noel, Larkhall Outreach Worker for children with Autism