Record-keeping: Pupil Profiles
Every child with SEND will have a pupil profile (‘the Pupil Profile’) a copy of which can be found at Appendix 8 of our SEND Policy 2017.
The Pupil Profile will be developed and discussed with the child and the parents/carers, and will be written in plain language.
The Pupil Profile will be reviewed and updated termly by our Class Teachers in consultation with all relevant Teaching Assistants and/or Learning Support Assistants, parents/carers and the child. These changes will be discussed at the termly review meeting with our parents/carers as detailed in the policy.
Learner voice is an essential ingredient to provide effective and appropriate support. Children with SEND will be invited to their termly or annual review meetings, if appropriate, and if not, they will be questioned before or after the event to ensure their opinions are heard using one of the forms in Appendix 9 in the policy or any updated version of these forms.
Monitoring pupil progress for children with SEND
Pupil progress for all our children with SEND will be monitored on an individual basis at the Academy which is the same for all our children.
Class Teachers, with support from the relevant Standards Leader and our Inclusion Managers, will decide the action required to help each child with SEND progress.
Steps will be taken to understand the needs of each of our children with SEND and their progress will be monitored by tracking not only their academic achievements but also progress made with their Soft Skills (as explained in section 7.5.6) and their SEMH development. All our staff are aware that these often need to be addressed before any academic learning can be made.
Each of our children with SEND will be monitored in line with the Academy’s use of both formative and summative assessment. Since the removal of levels and the introduction of age-related expectations, Class Teachers monitor and assess the strengths and weaknesses of our children’s academic skills daily so that appropriate provision and support can be provided as quickly as possible to all our children, including those with SEND, who are identified as making little or no progress.
PIRA (reading), PUMA (maths) and GAPS (spelling, punctuation and grammar) termly tests, alongside statutory assessments for Year Six and Year Two, and phonics screening in Year One, will be used as the Academy’s summative assessment tools. This data will be collated by the Academy to monitor and track the progress of each child with SEND as well as for use nationally and across the Spencer Academies Trust.
Where a child with SEND’s academic progress is more difficult to monitor, breaking the learning into smaller steps is important so we may use PIVATs (Performance Indicators for Value Added Target setting). These will be updated termly by the Class Teacher, in consultation with our Teaching Assistants and/or our Learning Support Assistants and, if required, our Inclusion Managers.
Where Soft Skills or SEMH needs of any of our children with SEND need addressing, we will use the Boxall Profile assessment tool and the Autism Education Trust’s Progression framework to ensure progress is being made. These will be completed by our Teaching Assistants or our Learning Support Assistants in consultation with our Class Teachers and, if required, our Inclusions Managers, and updated termly.
Monitoring of support for SEND
Outcomes of support are monitored each half term, if not sooner, by our Inclusion Managers together with our Standards Leaders and Class Teachers. Our Inclusion Managers are report to our Principal and Senior Leaders each half term and this will be used to inform future practice.
Each year, book and/or planning scrutinies and/or learning walks will be carried out by our Inclusion Managers to ensure that the needs of all our children with SEND are met and that the quality of teaching and learning for these children is high, is appropriate for their needs and enables them to make good progress that is at least in line with their peers. In addition to these, our Principal, Seniors Leaders and Standards Leaders will monitor the teaching and learning of all our children with SEND when carrying out lesson observations, general book/planning scrutinies and learning walks.