Stronger Futures SEND toolkit
This toolkit has been created with the Stronger Futures team. It covers the same areas as the early help assessments (EHAs) but the questions might feel less intrusive.
The EHA provides the record of a conversation, which can sometimes be quite difficult. However, we cannot and must not make assumptions about a family who might not tell you something unless you ask them.
They will also help assess the care needs that historically have not always been covered in the EHCPs.
Supporting children and young people with reading difficulties
This document has been written by the Portsmouth Educational Psychology team to provide guidance to schools, parents, support teachers, and other professionals on the issues involved in helping children and young people with reading difficulties. On a day-to-day basis, schools are responsible for supporting pupils with literacy difficulties and each school should describe their provision in their provision map or Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support plans.
Portsmouth Inclusion Outreach Service
The revised Portsmouth Inclusion Outreach offer as of September 2020 includes:
- Support available includes:
- Specialist advice for school staff working with individuals or groups of children and young people
- Telephone line / email for general advice and enquiries
- Professional development – central and bespoke
- Support for staff working with children on the waiting list for specialist provision
- Support for staff working with a child transitioning back to mainstream
- Peer support from experienced mainstream SENCOs (or SENCO cover)
- Action learning sets for senior leadership teams or other groups of staff
- Guidance and support with the Portsmouth Inclusive Education Quality Mark
- Team around the school – multi-agency support, working in partnership with a school senior leadership team to implement interventions at a systemic level.
In addition, this year we will be offering:
- Support, advice and resources for school-based loss and bereavement champions
- Specialist advice to create SLCN / sensory friendly environments within mainstream settings.
The outreach support is available to all mainstream schools, delivered by a range of professionals from a partnership of services including MABS, Solent Academies Trust, Children’s Therapy Service, and experienced outreach SENCOs from mainstream schools in the city.
Please call the helpline or email [email protected].
The Inclusion Outreach Service offers a wide range of workshops and professional development opportunities. Details can be found here. Places should be booked via the Portsmouth Learning Gateway.
nasen (The National Association of Special Educational Needs)
nasen provides support for practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.
SEN information reports
School SEN information reports should be updated on an annual basis and dated for the academic year. SEN information reports should be easy to find on the school website and should link to the Local Offer website www.portsmouthlocaloffer.org. Please note it should be called the SEN information report (NOT the school local offer). This checklist serves as a reminder of what should be included in a SEN information report.
‘What works’ resource for those working with pupils and students with SEN
A new interactive ‘what works’ resource for those working with pupils and students with SEN has been published.
The resource – ‘SEN support: research evidence on effective approaches and examples of current practice in good and outstanding schools and colleges’ – provides school and college leaders, teachers and practitioners with information and evidence-based practice that can be effective for SEN support.
School and colleges leadership teams, SENCOs and classroom teachers are encouraged to review their provision against the seven key features of effective support. Practitioners can look at the detail of interventions and approaches and consider what would be most beneficial for meeting the needs of children and young people with special educational needs in their settings.
Both the development of the resource and the underpinning research were undertaken by ASK Research and Coventry University. The resource is hosted on nasen’s SEND gateway and the Education & Training Foundation Excellence Gateway.
Examples of effective practice include:
- Reorganising lesson structure, learning environments and curriculum
- Measures to address attendance issues
- Effective transition support and preparation for adulthood
- Effective progress monitoring.
Home to school transport
Portsmouth City Council provides transport to mainstream or special schools for children and young people who meet specific criteria set out in the Home to School Travel Assistance Policy and the Post-16 Learners statement. Further details can be found on the Portsmouth City Council website.
Wessex Healthier Together Website