Our school budget allocation is agreed between the school and the local authority. Additional funding allocated for the provision of children for SEND is used to employ support assistants to work with children according to their needs. This may be on a 1-1 basis (if a child has an Education, Health Care Plan or a Statement of SEND) or support within the classroom or in small intervention groups where a staff member leads groups such as Relax Kids and Friendship Matters. The bulk of Pupil Premium finance (see premium allocations for more detail) is used to finance additional teaching assistants who can support those children who are eligible, as well as children who are currently on our SEND register.
Other funding allocated for the provision of SEND is used to purchase resources to cater for children’s needs. For example; sensory toys, writing slops, coloured exercise books and social awareness programmes. At times, depending on children’s needs, St Benet’s will buy into a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with specialised services. This may include Speech and Language Therapy who will deliver support sessions with children to enhance their development or financing an SLA with the Social, Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) team who will provide family learning workshops to parents to support their child with home and school issues. The funding is also used for training purposes- some in-house training with specialised services from the ASD team, ADHD team, the Social, Emotional Well-being Team, Behaviour team as well as the Dyslexia Institute to keep staff updated with effective strategies to support children with SEND.
For those pupils with high needs and who receive additional funding from the Local Authority, costed provision maps are created with detailed evidence of the types of support and interventions provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the progress each child makes and additional funding and financial support can be applied for from the Local Authority through an Education Health Care Plan. The class teacher, teaching assistants, SENCO and leadership team monitor the progress of pupils with SEND, in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the support and interventions being delivered. Progress reports are shared with parents at termly review meetings or earlier if deemed necessary by the class teacher or parent.