SEND Information

The following report has been updated July 2018 by the school SENDCO and has been verified by Headteacher and the SEND link governor.It is both current and relevant for academic year 2018/2019.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 require Helsby Hillside Primary School to publish certain information regarding our provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). At Helsby Hillside Primary School, we hope parents/carers of current and prospective pupils find the following information helpful. We encourage all interested parties to contact the school for more information.

The CWAC framework gives the local offer to provide parents/ carers with the information about how to access services in their local area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers of young people know how schools and colleges will support them and what they can expect across the local setting. Please click on the link at the end of this report to access the CWAC Local Offer.

At Helsby Hillside Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their academic potential. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further positive support may be needed to help them to achieve their targets.

Below are some answers to questions that parents/carers might have about Helsby Hillside Primary School’s SEND provision/information

1. How does the school know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

All children’s progress, academic, social and emotional, is constantly monitored by teachers and the Senior Leadership Team within the school. Any concerns a teacher may have about a child would be discussed with parents at the earliest opportunity. Parents are able to discuss the progress of their child or any other concerns with the class teacher, SENDCO (Mrs Thomas) or Mr Richardson, the headteacher.

2. How will school staff support my child?

    • All children are provided with 'Quality First Teaching'
    • Children with special needs have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) put in place, outlining targets and strategies to support your child.
    • IEP’s are reviewed regularly with the child and shared with parents.
    • The school SENDCO is in regular contact with the Educational Psychologist, the Behaviour Support Team and the local authority inclusion officer. Any child needing specialist support will be identified to the relevant professionals and given any subsequent recommended support necessary.
    • If a child requires Speech and Language support, school will act upon advice given by therapists and support will be given by specially trained teaching assistants.
    • Children identified as needing extra support will have interventions put in place.
    • Some children may require further support and interventions as advised by outside agencies.
    • Helsby Hillside follows the accepted ‘Graduated Response’ approach to SEND and follows the CWAC Graduated Response approach to accessing support and also uses the current CWAC Graduated response paperwork.
      3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
  • All children are provided with ‘Quality First Teaching’.
  • Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • All lessons offer the challenge and support necessary for each child to learn and where necessary, differentiation occurs through the work set, questions asked and support given.
  • Specific resources and intervention strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
  • Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child’s learning needs.
    4. What SEND types do we currently provide for ?
    Currently at Hesby Hillside we provide additional support and provision for the following recognised forms of SEND:
  • Speech and Language difficulties
  • Social, emotional and communication difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Earlens Syndrome

5. What specialist equipment/facilities do we use/have at Hillside to provide SEND support?

Currently at Hillside apart from specialist 1:1 TA support and programmes for specific pupils we use the following:

  • Nessie interactive reading/spelling IT support
  • IDL dyslexia IT support (purchased June 17 for use 17/18 onwards)

6. How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  • Children’s progress is shared with parents throughout the year during parents’ evenings.
  • We have an open door policy at Helsby Hillside and welcome parents to come in and discuss their child if they have any concerns, with the class teacher or the SENDCO.
  • If teachers have concerns they will contact parents to discuss them and listen to any concerns that you may have too.
  • Hillside has an antibullying policy and deals with any incidents seriously and effectively.
  • The class teacher or SENDCO will speak to you regarding any referrals to outside agencies to support your child’s learning.
  • Education plans (IEP, IBP) are discussed and reviewed with parents.
  • All children are tracked using the school’s data tracking.
  • Annual reports are written for every child.
  • The voices and views of children at Hillside are valued.  Children have class representatives on the school council. Pupils also are active participants in the planning stages of Creative Curriculum topics.
  • Hillside holds regular curriculum evenings to advise parents on how they can best support their child’s learning.
    7. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
  • We ensure that all children are supported socially and pastorally by teaching staff  and teaching assistants who know the children well.
  • We offer a wide range of activities within school to support their social and emotional development such as school visits, educational trips, and links with the community and  residential trips in Years 2,4 and 6.
  • SEAL (Social, emotional aspects of learning) is delivered as part of the curriculum across the whole school. SEAL contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional aspects of learning. It provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within discrete lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom.
  • School has a medicine policy which supports parents/carers with the management of their child’s medication within school and staff regularly undergo training in key areas such as asthma, diabetes and the use of Epipens.
  • If a child comes into school with a specific need, the school nurse will provide the relevant staff with training. The school also has trained first aiders within school.
  • School has a behaviour policy which is known, used and adhered to by all staff across the school.
  • Children who need specific support with their behaviour will be identified and support offered. This support will range from extra support in the classroom, to interventions and support from the Behavioural Support Team if required.
  • We promote and celebrate excellent attendance with class certificates and end of year awards.
  • Parents are supported and school will send texts or ring home to query a child’s non-attendance at school.
  • School has its own EWO (Educational Welfare Officer) who will support school and parents with ensuring children attend school regularly and on time.
    Mental Health and Wellbeing
    School can make referrals to CAMHS.  is an NHS website run by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership CAMHS. This site has been developed for everyone interested in the mental health and well being of children and young people across Cheshire and Wirral.
    The SENDCO has undergone emergency mental health first- aid training and has led both assemblies for pupils as well as INSET for staff members about mental health and mental well-being.
    8. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
  • School employs staff trained to educate and care for children throughout their primary years.
  • Staff are trained regularly in key areas of the curriculum and also in identifying and supporting children with specific difficulties around learning, child development and social and emotional problems children may experience.
  • School has direct access to a wide range of services all of which can support both parents/carers and children. These agencies include: speech and language, CAMHS, Educational Psychologist, Behaviour Support, Autism team support, Early Intervention, Social Services, Paediatricians and the School Nurse.
    9. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
  • All staff receive regular training if required from the health service around key medical issues which could arise for children.
  • Individual staff are trained in First Aid and are strategically placed around school.
  • The SENDCO attends L.A. training and attends key regional training which is then shared with all staff.
  • The SENDCO provides in-house training on developing IEPs and around specific requests from staff, or as necessary to support a particular child or group of children.
  • Where necessary, specialist training is brought into the school. For example the Behaviour Support Team can provide school with training around a range of social and emotional needs, ADHD training, and also support staff with Team-Teach training.
  • Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
    Recent training undertaken by Hillside staff:
  • All staff have undergone basic Makaton sign language training in 15/16 academic year
  • SENDCO has recently  attended a two day  Mental Health First Aid Training course
  • Teaching assisstants are qualified in emotional coaching, Elklan Speech for ASD pupils.
  • Training and qualification in Emotional Literacy Support (ELSA)
  • Theraplay training and qualification
  • SENDCO has also recently attended training to support non- attendance of pupils due to Emotional behavioural issues.

10. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

  • We are fully-inclusive and all children attend all events and trips and are encouraged to take part in all activities both within and outside of school.
  • Where necessary, extra support will be provided to ensure full participation by all children and parents are fully-informed as to the trips and activities open to every child.
  • Risk assessments are carried out and procedures are put into place to enable all children to participate.
    11. How accessible is the school environment?
  • We have wheelchair access.
  • There are facilities for disabled changing and toilets which can accommodate wheelchairs and support individuals with a disability.
  • A computer suite is accessible across school and the use of computers and ipads enable children to have access to new technologies to support their learning.
    12. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
    We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.
    If your child is joining our school:
  • We encourage parents and children to visit the school and meet their new teacher prior to joining the school.
  • A member of the Senior Management Team will either show the child and parents around school or be available to answer any questions
    If your child is moving to another school:
  • We will contact the school SENDCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
    When moving classes in school:
  • Information will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance.
  • Your child will have transition visits to meet the class teacher and become familiar with their new classroom.
    In Year 6:
  • The teacher and SENDCO will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENDCO of their secondary school. For those children who will be attending Helsby High please see the link to Helsby High on our home page. The Helsby High SENDCO, Emily Tobin,  will also be keen to discuss any concerns re the transition process to Helsby High with you.
  • Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.
    13. How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
  • All classes have additional support staff, who are well trained to support children with SEND and who work on intervention programmes alongside a class teacher.
  • The SEND budget is allocated each financial year. The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on an individual’s needs.
  • The additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern has been raised by them at another time during the year.
  • Resources may include deployment of staff depending on individual circumstances.
    14. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
  • These decisions are made in consultation with class teacher and Senior Leadership Team.
  • Decisions are based upon termly tracking of pupil progress and as a result of assessments by outside agencies.
  • During their school life, if further concerns are identified due to the pupil’s lack of progress or well-being then other interventions will be arranged.
  • Hillside does have a complaints procedure in place. Details of this can be obtained from Mr Richardson, the headteacher, or from the school website.
    15. How do we evaluate the effectiveness of our provision?
    The most recent OFSTED inspection in academic year 16/17 judged that children with SEND ‘make good progress’.
    Throughout the school the progress of all children, including those with SEND is monitored termly, with intervention programmes put into place to support specific groups/individuals identified as requiring additional support.
    Individual Education/Behaviour Programmes are also evaluated regularly.
    The ‘Evidence of Impact of SEND provision’ for each academic year is also published in an annual report and can be accessed on this school website.
    16. Who can I contact for further information?
    If you wish to discuss your child’s educational needs or are unhappy about something regarding your child’s schooling please contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the class teacher, SENCO (Mrs Thomas) or Mr Richardson.
    See also ‘Complaints’
    If you are considering sending your child to Helsby Hillside Primary School, you can ring the school on 01928 722991 to make an appointment with the Headteacher, Mr Richardson to arrange a visit to the school. During the visit you will be given a tour of the school. At that point you will be given opportunities to discuss your child’s specific needs and ask any questions relating to your child’s education.


To see what support is offered by CWAC for children with special needs and disabilities in the local area please click on the link below.

Lynda Thomas - SENDCO

July 2018

This SEND Report has been verified and approved by Mr Craig Richardson (Headteacher) and Mrs N Skarnes (Link Governor) July 2018.


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Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991