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Portland Primary School -OUR SEND Information

Here at Portland we believe all children have the right to a fully inclusive education. All children are given the opportunity to participate in the whole school curriculum and off site activities. Where appropriate we will differentiate the activities to allow all children to take part. At the beginning of each new school year we will ask all parents to sign a generic permission slip to allow children to take part in activities such as visits to the park or to another school.

All staff at Portland are highly skilled in meeting the individual educational and behavioural needs of our children.

The Governors at Portland are responsible for the overseeing of all procedures in school and meet at regular intervals to discuss provision and any additional resources that may be needed.

Our Chair of Governors Mrs K Smith is also our SEND Governor.

Frequently asked questions about Special Educational Needs provision at Portland.

Who is the Special educational Needs Coordinator at Portland?

Our SENCo is Mrs Gooding who can be contacted outside teaching hours or an appointment can be made for a mutually convenient time. Please telephone the school office on 652 – 5124.

Who can I contact if I have concerns about my child?

Your first contact if you have concerns about your child’s progress is the class teacher. We can operate a home/school Communication Book for daily reports regarding your child both at school and home. All our teachers are available outside teaching hours or by appointment through the school office on 652-5124.

If your query is not directly related to your child’s progress parents are invited to contact the Head teacher or Deputy by appointment through the school office on 652 – 5124.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your concern then you can follow the complaints procedure outlined in our complaints policy. This can be found under the policies section on the Homepage.

Where can I find information regarding the school policies on SEND provision?

Information regarding SEND, Pupil Premium and other school policies can be found in the policies section of this website. Further information and advice can be obtained by appointment with the headteacher, SENCO or other members of staff by appointment. Please contact the school office for advice . School office number  0151 652 5124.

What specialist expertise and training is available for staff working with a child who has SEN?

All our staff are very conscientious and are proactive in seeking Continued Professional Development as detailed on Performance Management targets. Staff at Portland have undertaken the following training;

  • First Aid including Paediatric First Aid. (All staff have First Aid training and were necessary have further paediatric qualifications)
  • Defibrillator Training (All staff)
  • WellComm – Speech and Language Programme
  • Successful Reading Partnership
  • Wave 3 Intervention in English and Maths
  • Probes ( For use in accelerating reading and spelling)
  • Safeguarding (All staff)
  • National SENCo Award
  • Phonics training

What services are available or accessed by Portland?

At Portland we provide the following support;

  • School nurse 
  • Speech and language Therapy – ½ day per week
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Vision and Hearing Support
  • The Catholic Children’s Society
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Referrals for this service are made through the school nurse.
  • Youth Improvement Service (YIP)
  • Special Educational Needs Advisory and Assessment Team (SENAAT)
  • Minority Ethnic Advisory Service (MEAS)

What interventions are available at Portland?

At Portland we can offer the following Intervention Programmes;

Basic Skills groups to boost Maths and English progress.
Successful Reading Partnership to accelerate reading ages and skills.
Probes to boost spelling and word identification.
EAL Support through MEAS to enable children with English as an Additional Language to access the curriculum.
Speech and Language Support from the Speech and Language Therapist who works each week in Portland with a variety of children in need of the service.
WellComm language programme delivered by trained EYFS practitioners who identify our youngest pupils who need extra support to develop their speech and language skills.
Other resources. We can also provide support in the form of resources such as iPad apps targeted at specific groups, coloured overlays to aid reading and specialist equipment such as writing slopes and pencil grips as identified by the Occupational Health Specialist/SENAAT

What provision is available for assessing, reviewing and evaluating the SEN provision for my child?

At Portland we have robust assessment procedures for reviewing the progress of each child. We then use this information to inform future targets and provision needs. We carry out the following assessments when required;

  • Children who require additional support and have an Personal Support/Behaviour Plan are regularly reviewed and new targets set. These are discussed with the parents at Parents Evenings or at any time at the request of the parent.
  • Likewise, children who have additional support or attend Basic Skills sessions and are on one of the school Provision maps are assessed half termly and targets are reviewed and new targets set.
  • We also use PCP’s (Person Centered Plan) discussed and written with the child, parent and teacher to target support and then discuss these again with the relevant parties and renew targets that are agreed upon by those present.
  • SENCO keeps a Vulnerable Children File that is updated annually and the progress of various cohorts of children reviewed to ensure good or better progress is being made within these cohorts. Any parent wishing to discuss their child with SENCO is able to do so outside school hours or by appointment through the school office – 652 5124.
  • SENCO is also involved in writing a document logging the interventions that take place and the impact they have. This will be updated annually and reported to the Governors.
  • Other assessment tools used at Portland include the use of data from Target Tracker and progress grids maintained by the Head teacher and discussed regularly with the Senior Leadership Team and the class teachers.
  • Children with Additional Support Plans or Education Health Care Plans will be reviewed regularly by the class teacher, SENCO and were appropriate the Educational Psychologist or and outside agency deemed necessary. We closely monitor the progress and attainment of these children and report to parents regularly.

How will I be involved in my child’s provision?

Here at Portland we encourage parental involvement and adopt a family centred approach with focus on the individual child. Parents at Portland are encouraged to be involved in various ways including;

  • Regular discussions with the class teacher including Pupil Progress meetings to discuss progress and any further support required.
  • The drawing up and agreeing of targets on PCP’s (Person Centred Plans).
  • The writing and agreeing of ASP (Additional Support Plans) and EHCP (Education, Health Care Plan).
  • Attendance at Parent Evenings. This will include a formal review of the child with discussion regarding new targets and strategies, cohort provision maps, any Support, Personal Support Plans or Additional Support Plans, and those children at Portland with a Statement of Educational Needs.
  • Parent Workshops.
  • Discussions regarding the child with the school nurse and other relevant professionals.
  • Termly and Annual reports.

How will I know how my child is doing?

Parents will receive regular updates regarding the progress of their child. These will take the form of;

Person Centred Plans – The child, parent and class teacher will be jointly responsible for drawing up an individual PCP for the child. This will incorporate the views of the child regarding the provision they require and their likes and dislikes. The parent will be asked to contribute their views about the education and provision for their child and together with the class teacher they will agree on specific targets for the child to aspire to.

Support Plans and Personal Support Plans – These will be reviewed at regular intervals be the class teacher and targets reviewed with the child and new targets set. The parent will get copies of these if requested.

Additional Support Plans and Education Health Care Plans (Were applicable)- These will be reviewed regu.larly by teachers and discussed at regular intervals with parents. These meetings may also include staff from outside agencies if required.

Termly Reports – These will be sent out at the end of Autumn and Spring term. They will review the child’s progress and let parents know if the child is doing the best they can in their lessons.

Annual Reports – this will consist of a full report detailing the progress and effort of the child for the academic year. They will also contain “next step” targets for your child. There is an Open Evening shortly after these reports are sent home which you are invited to attend to discuss the report with the class teacher.

What provision is in place for accessibility?

Portland Primary is a two storey building with EYFS and KS 1 situated on the ground floor and KS2 on the first floor. Access to the first floor is by two staircases. We have a large disabled toilet and intimate care room on the ground floor. The school makes itself aware of services available through its LA for extending access provision when required and we would thoroughly assess the needs of any child with access requirements and strive to meet these needs. 

How much support will my child receive?

Support is matched to the need of the individual child and may vary across lessons and days depending on the nature of the need. Throughout the school the level of support is personal to each child, their needs and circumstances. We endeavour to fulfil each child’s individual needs through effective Quality First Teaching, targeted interventions and effective deployment of support staff.

What arrangements are there for supporting my child during school moves?

Here at Portland we believe that making transitions to another school is a very important part of a young person’s education and we understand that it can be stressful, especially for those children with SEN. We endeavour to make any transitions as seamless as possible and we have the following arrangements in place;

  • The class teacher will liaise with the school with details of the individual child’s educational and SEN needs.
  • SENCO will, if necessary, meet with the receiving school SENCO to discuss any educational, medical and other requirements the child may have including those statements and targets discussed with the child on their PCP.
  • We encourage parents to attend Open Evenings at their chosen school.
  • We can arrange for parents to visit schools with a teacher in school time if necessary.
  • Portland Primary School has a robust Transition Programme in place and your child’s class teacher will go through it with you if you wish. 


 For more information contact:

Wirral SEND Partnership - Information, Advice and Support contact ;

Review Date for SEND Report - July 2017