How do we consult with parents of children with SEND and involve them in their child’s education?
At St Edward’s we aim to work in partnership with all parents to ensure that the best possible provision is put in place for all children. Class teachers are available at the beginning and end of each day or by appointment. Parents are consulted regularly throughout the time their child is at school and their views and/or wishes are recognised and if appropriate and wherever possible acted upon.
We will have an early discussion with the child and their parents when identifying whether they need special educational provision. These conversations will make sure that:
• Everyone develops a good understanding of the pupil’s areas of strength and difficulty
• We take into account the parents’ concerns
• Everyone understands the agreed outcomes sought for the child
• Everyone is clear on what the next steps are
Notes of these early discussions will be taken and parents will be told when it is decided that a child will receive SEN support and be added to the SEND Register. It is at this point that a Pupil Centred Plan (PCP) will be drawn up in discussion with the parents and child.
There are least termly meeting with parents to discuss PCPs (pupil centred plans). Further meetings take place if necessary. This PCP will PLAN the next steps in their child’s learning including setting out the desired outcomes, outline what the school will DO to achieve these steps and REVIEW progress from the last plan.
When a child is referred to an outside agency, the parents are consulted and their views are recorded. Parents will usually be asked to meet the professional who is assessing their child; this takes place on the school site.
Following the assessment, the SENDCo and class teacher will meet with the parents to discuss the findings of any report that is written and how suggestions are to be implemented in school.
Parents of children who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan are additionally invited to an annual review meeting with a member of the Local Authority and any other professionals involved with their child and their views are recorded as part of this meeting. Shropshire Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have.
You can contact Shropshire IASS on 01743 280019 or http://www.cabshropshire.org.uk/shropshire?iass/?fbclid=IwAR3K6cNwAkAiHINbmIQKd2ZKx4yehpYvWEJOBcteEFHTRprQ43ghVn4NDWI or https://www.facebook.com/IASSShropshire