a) Class teacher input, via excellent targeted classroom teaching (High Quality Teaching).
For your child this would mean:
What could happen if your child is identified as needing a high level of support in school:
If your child does not make the expected progress with the class provision and interventions in place, then it may be decided that the level of targeted support required for progress is significant, according to set criteria. If it is necessary then the class teacher will invite you in to school to draw up a plan together with your child, to detail your child’s needs, desired outcomes and the support or interventions necessary for your child to achieve those outcomes. The class teacher will also ask your child for his / her views. Where appropriate the plan will include your involvement as a parent to support your child’s progress at home. You will be invited in regularly to review the plan and your child’s progress towards the outcomes. This would be the first step of a graduated approach on the SEND Support Pathway.
b) Multi-Agency Support Plans involving specialist support from outside agencies
Your child may be identified by the class teacher and SENCo as needing some specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. School and parents can also request support from health professionals or social care, through the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) - see ‘Plymouth online directory for families’ – part of the Plymouth Local Offer at www.plymouthonlinedirectory.com
What could happen if your child is identified as needing support from an outside agency:
c) Education Health and Care (EHC) plans
If your child has specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome and needs which cannot be met in our school through the Multi- Agency Support Plan, then it may be necessary for the school to request that the local authority carries out a Statutory Assessment of your child’s educational needs, to apply for an Education and Health Care Plan. This may be necessary if your child’s learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong.
What could happen if your child is identified as needing more support than the Multi-Agency Support Plan can provide:
The SENCo would invite you to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress with the Multi-Agency Support Plan in place. The statutory assessment process will be explained to you if necessary. You could be accompanied by the parent support advisor who will be able to discuss the procedure and to help you to express your views. If you decide with the SENCo to make a request for statutory assessment then the authority will require your views in writing. The parent support advisor can help you to do this. If the authority then decides that your child’s level of need warrants a statutory assessment then all of the professionals (education / health / social care) involved with your child will be asked to contribute to the assessment at a multi-agency Education Health and Care Plan meeting, along with you and your child.
Following the assessment an Education Health and Care plan may be produced, which is a legal document stating your child’s needs, the provision that is necessary in order to meet those needs and goals to work towards for your child. You will be asked to attend a meeting every year where the plan will be reviewed.