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SEN - The Local Offer

Please click the links below to view the relevant section of the SEN Local Offer.

The NRCS SEN Information Report, SEN & Disability - A Parent & Carers Guide and Statutory Guidance for the New SEN & Disability System can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

North Ridge Community School SEN Information Report 2017/18

SEN & Disability - A Guide for Parents & Carers

SEN & Disability - Code of Practice (Full Version)

SEN & Disability - Code of Practice Summary

Please click on the link below to access the DMBC SEN Local Offer.



NRCS SEN Information Report (please see below)

    • All children attending North Ridge School must have a 'Statement' or Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
    • In order for your child to receive a statement/Education Health Care Plan you will need to contact the local authority or the school SEN Manager if they are at a school or nursery to initiate this process. 

    The process will involve:

    • An assessment by all the professionals involved with your child. Each professional will write a report about the child's needs.
    • An invitation to parents to visit different schools/settings. Parents will be asked to write their views about their child's needs.
    • All reports are submitted to the SEN department and a panel of professionals decides on the 'setting' and the type of support required to meet your child's needs.
    • The issuing of a proposed statement/EHCP if professionals agree one is required. This will provide details about the child's needs and the support required. Once professionals/parents agree the statement/EHCP is accurate a final version will be issued.
    • The SEN Officer (Julie Craven) at North Ridge School will contact your child's existing school/nursery to organise a transition programme when the final statement has been agreed.
    • The transition programme agreed between the two schools will include the number and length of visits required to ensure your child is comfortable and at ease in their new school. It will also take account of the support required during the transition period.
    • The programme will be flexible; the number of visits and how long will depend on the needs of the child and how well they settle into their new class.
    • The programme will involve a member of staff from the child's present class to support them during visits to North Ridge School and to share relevant information about your child.
    • Parents are invited to meet up with the SENCo in order to complete the relevant admission forms, ask questions, and order uniform. Parents also have the opportunity to speak to the school nurse. 
    • A start date will be agreed between schools and transport will be arranged (if required).

    If your child is leaving North Ridge School to attend a mainstream school or an alternate special school the same process will take place in terms of sharing information and visits to the school.

    • The provision of transport is free to all North Ridge School pupils.
    • North Ridge School or the SEN department will contact the appropriate department who will then organise transport for your child.
    • The date and time will be arranged and any medical information shared.
    • Parents are welcome to transport their child to school even if the child is entitled to free transport.
    • All curriculum subjects are taught to all children through adapted Programmes of Study.
    • The curriculum is personalised; each child has a Personal Learning Plan (PLP).
    • The curriculum is creative and taught through half termly themes. Teachers take into account pupil voice and the child's interest when planning and teaching to the needs of the pupils.
    • The curriculum involves indoor and outdoor learning, including life skills and therapies
    • All children are assessed within their first two weeks of attending North Ridge School.
    • Teachers track the progress of children using the B-Squared assessment tool.
    • Teachers track the progress of children in nursery and reception using Early Years Goals.
      All pupils are assessed at the end of each academic year using B-Squared.
    • All pupils in reception are assessed using Early Years Profile.
    • We encourage parents to help set annual targets by meeting with their child's teacher in their child's Annual Review meeting.
    • Every child has a statement/ Education Health Care Plan; it is statutory that they have a minimum of one annual review meeting per year with parents and other professionals invited with a report provided from school and professionals.
    • At North Ridge School we have an open door policy. There are frequent opportunities to look at your child's work or speak to your child's teacher (appointments only).
    • Homework ideas are sent home for you to support your child to transfer skills between home and school.
    • Children have access to health professionals including Speech and Language Therapist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist who all work part time at North Ridge School. Professionals work with the class teacher to set targets for your child (if required). The targets will be part of the child's Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and classroom staff will work with your child on their specific targets throughout the school week. The class teacher feeds back the progress to professionals. The length of interventions may vary according to the child's needs. Professionals may also organise information sharing 'surgeries' for a teacher and parent to attend.
    • The Visual Impairment Team and Hearing Impairment Team will work with those children who require this specialist service or the professionals may set targets and share with the class teacher. The targets will be part of the child's Personal Learning Plan (PLP) and classroom staff will work with your child on their specific targets throughout the school week. The class teacher feeds back the progress to professionals.
    • The Headteacher or SEN Officer may contact other services for additional expertise and advice (with parent's permission) such as Autism Outreach Service, Children and Young People's Service, Educational Psychologist, Children with Disability Team (social services).
    • There are different specialists such as orthopedics and LECKY reps (chairs) who may come into school to provide additional services. These specialists will ensure children who require specialist equipment receive regular assessments and updated equipment as and when required.
    • There are a number of therapies available at North Ridge School including  access to sensory integration and soft play. Access to therapies will be according to identified 'need.' An assessment may need to take place involving medical consultants and professionals.
    • Children at North Ridge School benefit from learning through outdoor experiences. They access hands-on experience in the community linked to the class half termly theme and the learning areas identified within the child's Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Children may access parks, shops, farms, woods, cultural venues.
    • All children have a Personlised Learning Plan PLP which includes targets and advice from other professionals working with the child. This ensures each child has an individualised programme to enable them to access the curriculum.
    • Staff: pupil ratio is approximately 2 staff to 10 pupils. Only in exceptional circumstances are additional staff deployed to work with a particular child more closely.
    • Pupil premium is an identified funding stream allocated by the government for all pupils on free school meals, those looked after by the Local Authority and Service Children. The Deputy Headteacher identifies where and how the funding will be utilised to support an individual pupil or groups of pupils.
    • Some staff are trained in Makaton signing, Moving and Assisiting, Feeding Assistant, PECSs (Picture Exchange Communication System), and safeguarding.
    • Some staff are trained in other communication systems such as Intensive Interaction.
    • Some staff are medically trained (gastrostromy feeds, epilepsy, first aiders) to enable your child to access the curriculum.
    • Training is regularly updated. All staff have their own personal training targets identified on an annual basis.
    • All children have opportunities to access lunchtime clubs throughout the week. 
    • All children may have an opportunity to experience residential trips during their time at North Ridge School.
    • Parents can become Governors of the school if there is a Parent Governor vacancy on the Governing Body.
    • Parents are encouraged to attend their childs annual review each academic year to meet your child's class staff and discuss and set targets for the year.
    • Every child has a statement/Education Health Care Plan; it is statutory that they have a minimum of one annual review meeting per year with parents and other professionals invited to discuss your child's progress and set targets.
    • Communication is 'key'. As a parent we encourage you to write in the home school diary about news and activities your child has been involved in at home. This supports high quality partnership working which benefits your child's learning.
    • Attendance at medical appointments, parent evenings and meetings with school staff.
    • Use curriculum advice and activity ideas from the class teacher that will support your child to transfer skills between home and school.
    • The curriculum and targets set by your child's class teacher support your child's personal, self-help and independence skills. We also use strategies to support your child to use appropriate behaviour in different situations.
    • Pupils are encouraged to use their 'voice' to make good choices.
    • North Ridge School is a 'nurturing' school. We use the programme as part of the whole curriculum to address areas such as friendships, bullying, feelings and behaviour.
    • A Sex and Relationship Education programme is adapted to the needs of pupils across the school.
    • All staff have undertaken safeguarding training and follow the policies and procedures to protect and keep your child safe.
    • North Ridge School's ethos is to encourage pupils to be independent and confident learners preparing them for life after North Ridge School.
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    • Sixth Form After School Club
    • Woodlands Youth Club

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