Birmingham Strategy for SEND and Inclusion

An inclusive education describes the process by which a school attempts to respond to all pupils as individual by reconsidering and restructuring its curricular organisations and provision, allocating resources to enhance equality of opportunity.’

(Sebba and Ainscow, 1996)

At the Deanery, we enable our children to achieve academic success through a rich, diverse and inclusive curriculum.  We provide many opportunities for our children to be motivated and enjoy learning through educational visits, residential activities and a variety of visitors who bring different experiences of life.

We work closely with our local schools and the family of churches within our diocese, celebrating the festivals in our Christian Calendar.

It is important to us that every child is valued and their talents, skills and unique qualities are recognised.  We believe in developing the whole child and actively promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

For further information, please see our Inclusion Policy.

Our Inclusion Team

Mr M Walker
Inclusion Manager (incorporating the role of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator - SENDCo)

Mrs K Edge and Mrs J Bostock
Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistants (SEN TA’s)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Under the new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice (September, 2015), schools have a duty to provide parents with information relating to their SEND provision in the form of a ‘Send Information Report’ (please see below).

Our Send Information Report

At Deanery C.E. Primary School, we welcome everybody into our community.  The staff, Governors, pupils and parents work together to make Deanery a happy, welcoming place where children and adults can achieve to their full potential and develop as confident individuals.  This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for all our children.  We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different groups of children within our school family, providing a learning environment that enables all pupils to make the greatest possible progress and achieve to their full potential in a caring, supportive and fully inclusive environment.

Our special education needs and disabilities (SEND) provision allows pupils with learning difficulties the opportunity to follow a curriculum specifically tailored to develop life skills and to give pupils self-confidence through their learning, enabling them to maximize their potential and to work independently.

We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND pupils.  This may include short term intervention learning programmes, lunchtime skills groups and other interventions developed to personalise learning. 

We have very good attendance as pupils want to come to school to experience our high quality learning provision.

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
- achieve their best
- become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
- make a successful transition into adulthood 

If your child has special educational needs and / or a disability and you would like to know more about what we offer at Deanery, please refer to our SEND Policy or contact us on 0121 351 6441 / 6615 or email Mr M Walker (SENDCo) at

The Kinds of Special Needs for which provision is made at the school

We refer to the term ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities’ if a child:
- Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of his or her age in one or more areas of learning.  Academic criteria are adhered to when making decisions.  The threshold for each group varies.
- Has a disability which either prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in schools within the area of the Local Authority (LA) concerned for children of similar age.

The difficulty or disability may relate to:
- communication or interaction
- cognition and learning
- social emotional and mental health difficulties
- sensory or physical conditions

Special Educational Provision (SEND) is that which is additional to or different from that which is made generally for most children in school.

Assessment is an on-going core process throughout the school.  It is a check that each child is making adequate progress against the national expectations.  If a child is not making the expected progress, then we identify a need and determine the reasons why.

Adequate progress is defined as that which:
- closes the attainment gap between the child and children of a similar age
- prevents the attainment gap growing wider.
- Is similar to that of peers of a similar age.

Assessment and Identification

The school promotes a graduated approach to assessing, identifying and providing for pupils’ special educational needs and disabilities.  This approach follows a model of action and intervention to help children make progress and successfully access the curriculum.  It recognises that there is a continuum of SEND and that, where necessary, increasing specialist expertise should be involved to address any difficulties a child may be experiencing.

Throughout Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, the children are assessed against nationally set criteria to check their progress across all areas of learning / subjects.  It is through this process that children who are not making expected progress are highlighted.  Teachers and Support Staff play a vital role in raising concerns about other barriers to learning, such as behavioural, social and emotional matters.

A rigorous assessment procedure to track children’s progress is continuously used.  If a child fails to make expected progress, the next stage would to move to the use of school intervention and / or outside agency involvement for the identification, assessment and recording of children’s learning difficulties.  We incorporate these procedures into our normal working practice.

Following assessment and Staff consultation, a child’s special needs are identified and the needs are recorded on the SEND Register under SEND Support.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is devised in collaboration with the child, parents, Class Teacher and Inclusion Manager for children with behavioural needs, social, emotional and mental health needs or communication difficulties.  Should an outside agency be involved, then they would also be asked to contribute to the IEP.   The IEP will be reviewed each term at an IEP Review Meeting, where all contributors to the IEP will be invited to attend.

For children with cognition and learning difficulties, they will be assessed using the Individual Target Plan (ITP) continuums and frameworks for either language and literacy, maths or both.  The ITPs will then provide staff with a comprehensive set of targets that the child will be able to work on in class and through targeted interventions.  These targets break down the skills required for speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths into small achievable steps.


 Class Teachers have responsibility for enabling all pupils to learn.  To achieve this they:
- plan appropriate work / activities for their pupils
- ensure that support is available for all children – inclusive ‘quality first’ teaching
- differentiate the curriculum to take account of different learning styles, interests and abilities
- ensure that all children can be included in tasks / activities
- monitor individual progress
- celebrate achievement
- identify those children who require additional or different support in order to make progress
- set targets on IEPs/ITPs and discuss these with parents and pupils

Teachers are familiar with the relevant equal opportunities legislation covering the protected characteristics: race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age (See Equality Policy).

Support Staff
- through ‘quality first’ teaching, support the teachers in enabling all children to have access to the teacher
- support the teachers in enabling children with SEND to have access to an appropriate curriculum
- encourage and promote independence in the children
- liaise with the Class Teacher
- help to prepare resources and adapt materials
- lead interventions to close the gap for children experiencing difficulty
- promote the inclusion of all children in all aspects of life at school

Intervention is carried out by the school and ‘additional to or different from’ the usual differentiated curriculum.  It can take the form of:
- using different learning materials in the classroom
- making reasonable adjustments within the physical environment
- making reasonable adjustments to routines
- having Support Staff in the classroom
- a more focused level of support in a small group withdrawn from the class
- focused work to be completed at home

Frequency and Timing of Support
This is arranged and timetabled by the Inclusion Manager.  Teachers also provide intervention so that they can adapt provision according to need.

Organisation of Support
Our inclusive approach to provision means that the majority of pupils have their needs met by accessing levelled planning that is used across the school to ensure that all lessons are appropriately differentiated.  Lessons are structured to provide a range of visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (VAK) activities.  The school adopts a flexible approach to support provision in order that a child’s individual needs can be met.  The support provided usually falls into one of the following categories:
- Direct or Indirect support in the Classroom.
- Focused withdrawal support from the Classroom.

We encourage emphasis being placed on learning within the normal peer groups.  Although the needs of the pupils are considered individually, they may not necessarily be supported individually.  The physical layout of the school enables us to make provision for small groups of children as well as personal learning areas.  This allows us to provide greater differentiation with more quality support.

Bespoke pastoral and learning support is enhanced by SEN TA’s and Lunchtime Skills Groups to help develop self-confidence and self belief.

External Services

When a child is demonstrating further cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent than can be met by the school intervention already put in place, school will engage with relevant external services.  This is triggered when:
- a child continues not to make adequate progress
- continues working at levels substantially below that of children of a similar age, even when teaching approaches have been targeted on an identified area of weakness
- continues to have difficulty developing Literacy and Numeracy skills
- has emotional or behavioural difficulties which substantially or regularly interfere with the child’s own learning or that of the other learners, despite taking part in an individualised behaviour management programme
- has sensory or physical needs and requires additional specialist equipment or require regular advice or visits by a specialist service
- has on-going communication or interaction difficulties that impede the development of social relationships and cause substantial barriers to learning
- a child’s learning needs are manifesting themselves either in a more complex or more specific way as they move on through the school.

For these children, the difference between their attainment and that of the other children is widening and this needs further investigation.

A request for support from external services is likely to follow a decision taken jointly by school staff and in consultation with parents.  In seeking the support of external support services, those visiting the school will need to have access to the child’s records in order to establish which strategies have already been tried and parental permission must be given.

The external specialist may:
- act in an advisory capacity to refine targets set by the school
- extend the expertise of the teaching staff
- provide additional assessment
- be involved in supporting the child directly
- suggest that a statutory assessment is advisable
- consult with all parties involved with the child

External agencies currently working directly with the school include; Pupil and School Support (PSS), an Educational Psychologist, the Communication and Autism team (CAT), Physical Difficulty Support Service (PDSS), Traded Speech and Language and Our Place mentoring scheme.

Support Staff, including Teaching Assistants and SEN Teaching Assistants are assigned across the whole school to support SEND pupils according to need. 

Links with outside agencies are well established and transition to and from our transfer schools are very good due to our close liaison.  Colleagues from outside agencies and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS – formally Parent Partnership) continue to advise and support our Staff and parents to better understand and address the needs of our pupils.

Statutory Assessment: Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

When a child is demonstrating a significant cause for concern or their learning need is more complex and persistent than can be met by the interventions already put in place, statutory assessment will be considered.  The EHCP incorporates all information about the child from birth to 25.  All parties, including health and other agencies involved with the child, contribute to this plan.  If a statutory assessment is required the school, in consultation with the child, parents and outside agencies, will submit reports for consideration by the Local Authority’s Provision Panel.  The request is made to the Local Authority (LA), which in our case is Birmingham (please see ‘The Birmingham Local Authority Offer’ below).

The LA will need to have:
- information about the child’s progress over time
- documentation in relation to the special education need
- details of action taken by the school to meet the child’s special educational needs
- particulars of any special resources or arrangements in place

The information includes, where relevant:
- IEPs/ITPs for the child
- records of regular reviews and their outcomes
- health reports, including medical history where relevant
- national assessment levels and reports or records of progress compiled by the teachers
- educational and other assessments, for example from an Advisory Teacher or an Educational Psychologist
- reports from other professionals involved with the child (Social Services, Educational Welfare services, Health and Education services).

The views of the parent and child are sought.  Parents may also make a ‘Request for Statutory Assessment’.  They will need to contact SENDIASS at the LA to be advised of the way forward.  If the school makes a ‘Request for Statutory Assessment’, parents can still access support from SENDIASS at any point in the process.  The process is defined by a specific timescale and statutory procedures.  All of the evidence is gathered and sent to the LA’s SEN Officer who in turn sends it for review to the SEN Panel.  If the request is successful, then further evidence is gathered from all of the agencies who have involvement with the child.  If the Provision Panel agrees to the need for an EHCP, the LA will lead on the process.  Schools will prepare the necessary documentation and send it to the LA.

EHCP’s are subject to Annual Review which will include parental views about the child’s progress.  Further Reviews can be arranged at any time if significant concerns arise.  Children under 5 years of age are subject to 6 monthly Reviews.

Transferring Statements to EHCP’s

The legal test of when a child requires an EHCP remains the same as that for a Statement.

It is expected that all pupils who have a Statement and who would have continued to have one under the current system, will be transferred to an EHCP.  No child should lose their Statement and not have it replaced with an EHCP simply because the system is changing.

The transition period for transfer to EHCP’s has been extended to 2018.  

Accessibility Policy and Plan

Please click on link to access the policy.

This Accessibility Policy and Plan is drawn up in compliance with current legislation and requirements as specified in Schedule 10, relating to Disability, of the Equality Act 2010.  School Governors are accountable for ensuring the implementation, review and reporting on progress of the Accessibility Plan over a prescribed period.

At Deanery, we are committed to providing an accessible environment which values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. We are committed to challenging negative attitudes about disability and accessibility and to developing a culture of awareness, tolerance and inclusion.

Deanery C. E. Primary School plans to ensure the accessibility of provision for all  pupils, staff and visitors to the school.  An Accessibility Plan has been drawn up to cover a three year period.  The plan is updated annually.

The Accessibility Plan contains relevant actions to:

The Action Plan for physical accessibility relates to the Access Audit of the School, which is undertaken regularly.  It may not be feasible to undertake some of the works during the life of the Accessibility Plan and therefore some items will roll forward into subsequent plans. The audit is revisited prior to the end of each three-year plan period in order to inform the development of the new Plan for the following period.


Mr Walker, the Inclusion Manager, is SENDCo.  He is responsible for the implementation of the SEND Policy and will support and encourage other members of staff where and when necessary.  He will liaise with parents and relevant outside agencies, Medical and Psychology Services.  He will attend and cascade appropriate in-service training in order to meet new developments with policy and practice.  He will prepare and deliver INSET and assist in the purchase and deployment of resources encouraging their efficient and effective use. 

Specialised Staff Training
- National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination – Mr Walker is currently undertaking this training.
- Autism
- Dyspraxia – key members of our teaching staff, including one of the SEN TAs have completed the ‘Support for Pupils with Developmental Co-ordination Disorder’ course and disseminated to relevant staff since.


A wide range of materials is provided by the school in order to assist in drawing up a programme for a child with learning difficulties.  These resources are distributed around the school.  We encourage their efficient and effective use by raising awareness of availability of materials and matching resource to need.


The partnership between parents and school will play a key role in promoting a culture of positive expectation for SEND pupils. 

We endeavour to create positive links with our parents by operating an ‘Open Door’ policy.  Pupils and parents are at the heart of decision-making, ensuring high quality individual education pathways are carefully planned around the specific needs of the child.  We try to accommodate parental availability when planning meetings.

Initially, when a child’s special needs are identified, parents are invited to a meeting to discuss this further.  Parents are consulted regularly at the termly parental consultations and IEP/ITP Reviews.  Phone and email contact is maintained which ensures that difficulties and anxieties can be resolved swiftly.  

School Agency Partners include:
Educational Psychologist
Communication and Autism Team
Pupil and School Support
Speech and Language Therapy

Physical Difficulty Support Service

Our Place Birmingham

Occupational Therapy
Hearing Sensory Support
Visual Sensory Support
Child Development Centre

Some of these agencies are regularly involved with school whilst others are involved ona case by case basie or through referrals by GPs.

If you would like to know more information about these services, then please contact us on 0121 351 6441 or email us at

Further information is also available from the LA – MyCare (see below for details).


- are encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school
- understand the success criteria to enable progress to take place
- are expected to behave in a responsible and respectful way within a learning context
- have a role to play in voicing their suggestions as to how the teachers can help them to learn better
- comment on how they feel they are progressing when the IEP is evaluated

Engagement with pupils will play a key role in promoting a culture of positive expectation.  Pupils are involved in the learning process at all levels.  Through thorough marking, using feedback and response, they are aware of their targets and know what they have to do to improve.  Support is tailored to their individual needs.  Pupils are invited to comment regarding their provision and their IEP’s.


We hope that complaints about SEND provision will be rare, however, if there should be a concern, the process outlined in the School’s Complaints Policy should be followed.


Links with our transfer schools are very good due to our close liaison.  Staff from the schools which our pupils are transferring to, are invited to the June IEP/ITP Review Meeting at the end of their Key Stage transition.  This ensures that all staff are aware of the needs of our pupils and can make adequate arrangements in readiness for the transition.  Staff from the secondary phase also spend time in our school with our school staff, familiarising themselves with individual needs.

The Birmingham Local Authority Offer

All Birmingham maintained schools try to ensure that they have a similar approach to meeting the requirements of pupils with SEND to ensure that they make the best possible progress at school.

Please click on the following link to access Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Website – MyCare


Support for parents

We have listed below, some websites and contacts that you may find both useful and interesting.

SENDIASS (formally Parent Partnership)
- The Pod, 28 Oliver Street, Birmingham, B7 4NX.
- Telephone Number 0121 303 5004

Speech and Language
- Parent Support Groups (see attached).
- Autism Education Trust (
- The National Autistic Society (
- Copies of the Presentation given by PSS to parents on the 27.03.14 (please see attached).
- Useful interventions and Programs to support children with Dyslexia / traits (please see attached).
- iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia / Reading and Writing Difficulties (please see attached).

What do you think?

We very much value your opinion and would be really interested to hear what you think of our Inclusion Website.

Are you happy with the format and content?  Would you like to see any changes or additional information included?

If so, then please contact Mr Walker (Inclusion Manager), who will be happy to discuss any of your suggestions with you.