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Providing for children with special educational needs and disabilities at The Manor School

What special educational needs and disabilities (S.E.N.D) does The Manor School provide for?


The Manor School is a fully inclusive, mainstream school. We tailor our teaching and the layout of our school to meet the needs of all our pupils. This may include adapting lessons to a child’s starting point or preferred learning style, carrying out intervention programmes to address gaps in their learning or working with professionals from outside the school with expertise in a particular area of S.E.N.D. A full list of the interventions we offer is available at the bottom of this page.  At The Manor School we strive to ensure all pupils are offered a full, varied and inclusive curriculum.


How does The Manor School know if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child might have S.E.N.D?


At The Manor we regularly assess pupils’ progress and attainment in learning and monitor their social and emotional development. To do this we use a range of formal measures such as Standardised reading and spelling age assessments as well as our teachers’ professional judgement and in-depth knowledge of their pupils. Where it is felt a child would benefit from additional support, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator  (S.E.N.Co / Inclusion Manager)  will liaise with staff to ensure effective provision is in place.  The SEN support will take the form of a four part cycle through which earlier decisions and actions are revisited, refined and revised with a growing understanding of the pupil's needs and of what supports the pupil in making good progress and securing good outcomes.  This is know as the graduated approach - assess, plan, do review.  Where necessary, The Manor School works with professionals from outside the school to enhance our understanding of our pupils so that we can better cater for their needs. These “outside agencies” include

• Educational Psychologists,

• Speech and Language Therapists,

• Occupational Therapist,

• SpLD Advisory Service, 

• Visual impairment advisory services

• Hearing impairment advisory services

• Advisory Teacher for Physical Disabilities

• Health Care professionals (School Nurse, Community Paediatrician and Physiotherapists)

• Family Contact Point/MASH

• Children’s Centres

• Virtual School (for Looked After Children) • Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SSENS)

• Education Welfare Officer

• SEMH Support Team

• Young Carers 


If parents feel their son or daughter has S.E.N.D which have not yet been picked up by The Manor School, they should not hesitate to contact our SENCo Mrs Gill Brindley.



01225 700150


How will I know how my child is doing?

Parents and Carers receive two written reports from their son or daughter’s class teacher each year; the first in February and the second in July. After each report is sent out, you have the opportunity to meet with the class teacher and, if your child has S.EN.D or you suspect that they might have, you can meet with a member of the S.E.N.Co Team to discuss this. It may be decided that your child would benefit from having a 'My support Plan'.  These detailed plans are child focused and clearly outline the child’s areas of need whilst also setting clear expected outcomes. A 'My support plan' is used to share, monitor and review the pupils’ progress with the pupil, their parents and other professionals involved with a child’s development. It may however be more appropriate for your child to have a different supportive document such as  an Individual Behaviour Plan (I.B.P) or Individual medical document.  We work closely with parents to ensure the most appropriate documents are completed for each child.  


How will The Manor School help me to support my child’s learning?


Each child at The Manor School is set homework which is personalised to their needs and next steps. Parents and Carers can support their children by engaging with them in their homework. Additionally, parents and carers will be advised by, and can seek guidance from, their son or daughter’s class teacher, Family Link Worker, the S.E.N.Co and, where appropriate, from outside professionals regarding ways they can support their child. 


How will you prepare and support my child to join The Manor School and to transfer to a new setting?


We aim to support the transition of all our pupils both into and out of The Manor School. Early Years Teachers visit the nurseries or homes of children who join our Reception in September and we hold a Welcome Picnic for these prospective pupils in July. We also get involved with the transition days put on by our relevant secondary schools. For pupils who join The Manor School after Reception, we run a buddy system to ease new pupils’ transition.


For children with S.E.N.D, additional transitional work may be necessary. Our teachers and teaching assistants can visit prospective pupils in their current schools and we also welcome pupils to The Manor School for tours. Likewise, when children leave us we are able to join them on their visits to their new school. In a limited number of cases, The Manor School can operate a managed move with another school for pupils who have significant difficulties around transition.  


What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being, including their social development?


The Manor School aims to educate the whole child and so provides S.E.N.D support in all areas of school life. Support and intervention is not limited to development of ‘cognition and learning’ but also encompasses ‘speech, language and communication needs’, ‘behavioural, emotional and social development’ and ‘physical, sensory and medical development’. The support and intervention available in these areas can be seen at the bottom of this page.  As a school we are able to offer ELSA support to our pupils through a trained ELSA support assistant (for further information on ELSA support please see below).  


Some support is beyond the remit of the interventions provided. Children may require Toileting Plans, for example, or may require support in order to access anything from playtime to a school trip or residential. It is the policy of The Manor School to include all children in all aspects of school life where it is in their best interests to do so and, wherever possible, this support is given.   Please refer to the schools ‘Supporting pupils with medical conditions’ policy for further information.


How accessible is The Manor School?


At The Manor School we believe everyone has equal rights and should be able to access the same provision. The school has an accessibility plan to ensure that we continue to improve all aspects of the physical environment of the school site, the curriculum and written information so that all children with a disability can take full advantage of the education and associated opportunities provided by The Manor School.


This Accessibility Plan is compliant with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010.


How are The Manor School’s resources, specialist services and expertise secured for children with S.E.N.D?


In the first instance The Manor School uses its devolved budget to meet the needs of children with S.E.N.D. This is used to pay for resources such as intervention programmes, staff training and, where necessary, the expertise of outside agencies and professionals.


What support is there for parents and carers of pupils with S.E.N.D?


In addition to the regular contact with teaching staff The Manor School has a Family Link Worker. Linda Mence is able to offer support and advice to parents and carers and can direct them to parent classes and support groups.


Linda Mence


01225 700 150


How does The Manor School’s S.E.N.D Policy relate to children who are looked after by the local authority?


Children who are looked after have the same right to an education as all children, but may have additional needs for a range of issues. The Manor School recognises this and works productively with looked after children and their social worker, Virtual School, Virtual Headteacher and any other professionals involved in their care. The Manor School’s designated teacher for looked after children is Jacqueline White.  All these professionals work together to ensure that looked after children have access to the full range of opportunities in school, that the statutory Personal Education Plan (P.E.P) is arranged and reviewed regularly and that there are clear lines of communication between the school and all those involved in upholding the well-being of a looked after child.  


What should I do if I have a complaint that relates to my son or daughter’s S.E.N.D?


If a parent is concerned about anything to do with the education that we are providing at our school, they should, in the first instance, discuss the matter with their child’s class teacher. Most matters of concern can be dealt with in this way. Where a parent feels that a situation has not been resolved through contact with the class teacher, or that their concern is of a sufficiently serious nature they should make an appointment to discuss it with the S.E.N.Co, member of the Senior Management Team or the Headteacher.


‘Providing for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at The Manor School’ was last updated in March 2015. 

SEN Information Report

ELSA support