Our provision for children and young people with SEND

Yewstock School is an all age special school for pupils with a range of learning difficulties from 3-19. Pupils may have a moderate learning difficulty (MLD), severe learning difficulty (SLD) or profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). We also provide for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC), physical disabilities and medical needs who have a learning difficulty.

Identifying special education needs

All pupils attending Yewstock School will have an Education, Health and Care Plan, or in some older cases, a Statement of Special Educational Needs (which will be converted to an EHCP).This describes the support needed by the child to reach identified outcomes, and how professional services will meet that support.

School policies and meeting the needs of pupils

All pupils at Yewstock School have an identified special educational need. Our SEN policy explains what we do to support pupils, and our Accessibility Plan details how we make the environment and curriculum accessible to everyone. We also have a policy on supporting pupils who have medical conditions, and for those who require intimate care. All of these policies can be found on our website and are reviewed by the Governing Body to ensure they are accurate and current.

How we teach our pupils with SEND

Most support is class based and provided by the Class Teacher and Teaching Assistants.  Pupils will benefit from one to one or small group support in areas which they find difficult.  Class Teachers can refer pupils for additional interventions where they would work with a specially trained teacher or TA on an individual or small group basis.  This support is time limited and measured for impact on the pupil.

Some pupils are in receipt of additional funding which is used to support them in a variety of ways.

Your child will receive a rich and varied curriculum experience through being at Yewstock School.  If they require additional support then this can be discussed with you, or simply be arranged by the Class Teacher.  The support is given in a block of time and the success measured at the end.

Pupils can receive support over time in a number of areas as required, although only one intervention would normally take place at a time.

How we assess our pupils with SEND

All teaching is personalised and differentiated to meet the needs of the individual child.  Every child has an Individual Education Plan which is updated regularly to ensure the small steps of progress are begin achieved. Pupils requiring additional support in any area can have this delivered by the class team or through referral to our Learning Resource Centre for specialist interventions. These are usually a six week block of activity once a week designed to accelerate progress or skills in the area identified.

We track the progress of pupils through the use of an assessment system called Classroom Monitor. Pupils are assessed by the class teacher at least three times a year, although this is usually more frequent and ongoing. We have a school marking policy which informs all staff how to give feedback to pupils, so that they are involved in and can take ownership of their learning.

We will report your child’s progress to you through Parents Evenings, Annual Reviews, and Annual Report at the end of the year, through Home School communication and discussion by telephone or in person.

How we adapt the curriculum and environment for pupils with SEND

We follow the National Curriculum, which is adapted and modified to suit the needs of each pupil. There is a constant focus on literacy and numeracy skills, and other skills for independent living. The curriculum is delivered at a level and pace that is appropriate for each pupil, and will include regular repetition of key skills. For pupils who require their learning through sensory experiences, the curriculum and resources are adapted to meet their needs and ensure they are fully included in their learning.

The building is a purpose built special school and college.  It has step-free access and accessible toilets.  We have hoists to support pupils who are not independently mobile.

We have accessible play equipment for pupils at break times.

We have a system of switches on doors across the school which assist some pupils in their communication.

After school and off-site activities are chosen for accessibility for the group of pupils.

We run a strong work related learning and work experience programme which is constantly developing to meet the needs of learners as they change.

We have a specialist facility, Yewstock College, for our older pupils aged 14-19.  This includes excellent facilities and options for work related learning, such as a catering kitchen and outside space for construction and horticulture.

Additional support for our pupils with SEND

We aim to make learning personal for each pupil. Where there is a specific or different need we try to meet it, either through making changes in class or by requesting additional support. This can be through our Learning Resource Centre in the form of specific interventions, or through requesting support and advice from professionals working outside the school, such as physio or occupational therapists or educational psychologists.

We employ a speech and language therapist for one day a week, and a counsellor for one day a week. There is a significant focus on meeting and improving the social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) of all pupils. Access to the counsellor can support this, but we also have very skilled and effective staff working across the school, and interventions such as Drawing and Talking and ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) for working individually with pupils.

Who to contact if you have a question about your child

The best person to contact is always the class teacher in the first instance. As a special school we do not have a SENDCo, but we have Heads of Department for Primary, Secondary and 14-19 and these would be the people to contact regarding specific queries about your child.

Visits to the school are warmly encouraged.  We also run two Open Mornings during the year, where anyone is welcome to come along and see what we offer.  These are advertised locally and on our website.

Our website is kept updated with news and information.  You can also request a copy of the school brochure through the website or by contacting the school office.

Our staff team

Yewstock School has a strong staff team with a wide range of experience and expertise in special educational needs.  All staff receive training annually to develop their own practice, and we commission support from other professionals to improve knowledge and practice across the school.

We have a Family Support Advisor who runs a monthly coffee morning to provide support for parents.  This can often include visitors specifically invited with information for parents and families.

We offer advice and support through the Annual Review meetings.  Some parents approach the school directly if they have difficulties, and we signpost to other agencies as necessary.

How we provide equipment and facilities to our pupils with SEND

All our classes are equipped with the resources to teach a wide range of pupils with SEND. We have subject specific resources and sensory equipment. We have a fully equipped sensory room at the school, and a sensory space at the college. We have a room dedicated to activities to provide sensory integration, called ‘The Rainbow Room’. This supports pupils who need help with regulating themselves, and helps them to get in a ‘just right’ state for learning.

We operate a hydrotherapy pool at the Stour Castle day centre, just a short walk from the school, and this is used weekly by many classes. We have outdoor gym equipment on each site, and plenty of resources for play. We have weekly visits from NHS physio and occupational therapists, who work with identified pupils.

Consulting with parents

We consult and report to parents and carers through Parents Evenings, Annual Reviews, and Annual Report at the end of the year, through Home School communication and discussion.

The annual review process is run as a Person Centred Review, and focuses on the outcomes for your child at the end of their current key stage, so usually looking two or three years ahead.

We also consult with parents to compile our annual School Development Plan.

Information on transferring between stages and into adulthood

During their time at Yewstock, pupils may move from Primary to Secondary and then to our college when they are in Year 10. From there, some remain at our sixth form and others go to local colleges. There is information for parents and pupils available at each of these transition points, and parents are invited to meet their child’s new class team each year.

We begin transition reviews in Year 9, so that pupils, parents and carers have ample time to consider options and prepare for transition.  We are well supported by Ansbury Advisers, who support parents in looking at different colleges and work related options.

Involving our pupils in the school

We have a Pupil Voice council which meets every month and discusses ways in which we can improve the school for our pupils. This group also have the opportunity to work with students from other special schools in Dorset, and with local mainstream schools. They report back through assemblies. Members of the Pupil Voice are involved in the appointments of new staff through pupil interviews. They are also involved in school events throughout the year.

We consult with our pupils to compile our annual School Development Plan.

Arrangements for responding to complaints

Complaints to the school are addressed by the Governing Body. We have a Complaints policy which details how we manage these and is available on our website.

Services to support parents and carers of young people with SEND

At Yewstock we offer the service of a Family Support Adviser, Claire Kellaway-Moore, who hold monthly events for parents but can also be contacted directly.

Within Dorset parents can be supported by the Dorset Parent Carer Council and by SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service)

Dorset Parent Carer Council website – www.dorsetparentcarercouncil.co.uk

SENDIASS information – https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/parent-partnership-service

The Local Authority’s offer to pupils with SEND

Information on all matters relating to children and young people with SEND is published by the Local Authority through the Family Information Directory. This can be accessed at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/childrens/sen-disability/local-offer

You may also wish to visit the Family Information Service homepage, which will provide you with links to other organisations http://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/fis/search