At Greenfield, we aim to ensure that students who are thought to have a SEND need are identified and assessed as early as possible.
On entry to Year 7, all students undertake the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4). The test is used to predict student success through the evaluation of verbal, non-verbal, mathematical and spatial reasoning. The test does not focus on curriculum knowledge, but instead evaluates the different aspects of a child’s learning ability through a series of puzzles.
Year 7 students also undertake the New Group Reading Test (NGRT). This measures reading skills against the national average.
The SENDCo will also undertake any additional testing deemed necessary. Using the testing information, and along with their KS2 data and information gathered through the transition process (information from primary school) will determine SEND identification and the level of initial intervention.
In addition, students with SEND are also identified at our school by the following ways, including:
- Information from classroom staff
- Information from parents/carers
- Information gathered from outside Agencies
- Students themselves
- Information from in-school monitoring
- Information from the SEND Team
- Information from the Progress and Guidance Department
We adopt a graduated response approach to meeting a student’s special educational needs and/or disabilities, which is called ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of identifying whether a student has SEND, we can also use our school ‘Education Cause for Concern Referral Form’ which also uses the Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ process.
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
When a student is identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities, Greenfield Community College will provide interventions and support that are additional to or different from those provided as part of the school’s usual differentiated curriculum. This intervention will be described as SEN Support. The level of additional intervention and support will depend on the individual students need/s. The student will be placed on the SEND Register and parents/carers will be informed.
For these students either a SEND Student Profile or SEND Support Plan will be produced, this will describe the child’s/young person’s needs and provide details of the provision/strategies that we will make to meet a child’s/young person’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents/carers as well as the child/young person are an integral part of this process.
It is important to note that not all students referred to the SEND team will be SEND students; any support and guidance may be short, medium or long term.
SEND Data Greenfield Community College
At Greenfield Community College, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need from each of the four broad areas of SEND:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.