You can find our SEND Policy and Information Report here.
The Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) at Phoenix has responsibility for supporting students with a wide variety of individual needs. We work hard with teachers, parents/carers, outside agencies and most importantly students to create an positive environment of success, independence and achievement.
A key element of success is the support, guidance and aspirations of parents and carers; we work collaboratively with parents and carers to secure the best outcomes for all of our students.
We promise to keep parents/carers up-to-date with your SEND students' needs and developments in school and involve students and parents/ carers in any decision making process.
The new SEND code of practice placed into law from September 2014 is currently being implemented. Schools and LA’s have over 3 years to fully adopt this new code of practice.
Important information on changes:
- We will make no changes that affect a student without consulting them and their parents/carers.
- We will not transition students from Year 11 onto the new code, so as to keep things consistent for them in their final exam year.
- General changes are taken in consultation with parents at our half termly coffee mornings which all SEND parents/carers are invited to.
- Parents/carers' engagement is central to our ethos. In moving to the new code of practice, we will always welcome and listen to your input and will try our hardest to act on suggestions.
Communication is vital in helping SEND pupils reach their potential; we welcome and encourage students and parents to contact the school with any issues as soon as possible.
Being a child with SEND is not easy and raising one also is very challenging, we aim to make all our students happy, successful, achieving and work ready. We can help students and parents/carers to access support and outside agencies.
Unfortunately the modern life stresses students have can at times damage their mental health. At Phoenix we take all aspects of a child’s health and safety seriously and we like to work with families to support their child. If your child at any times has a mental health need you may find the free resource (Mental Health and the Resilient Therapy Toolkit) for parents useful in helping you to support your child, please contact us if you wish more information or support. Alternatively, if you have any worries about your child you may find the advice on this website useful: http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents.
If you wish to discuss any SEND matters related to Phoenix as either a parent/carer, prospective parent or a student, you can book a meeting with the SENCo Mr R Jones on 0121 588 8384. Mr Jones is also available at all parents evenings, coffee mornings and other school events.
Further information for Parents
The SEND Information Report & Local Offer - click here
The EHCP guide for Parents & Carers - click here
DfE advice for parents and carers - click here
The Local Authority Offer - click here
From 18 March 2019 to 21 March 2019, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly a re-visit of your local area following the previous inspection that took place between 16 January 2017 and 20 January 2017.
The re-visit will evaluate how effectively leaders have addressed the areas of serious weaknesses detailed in the written statement of action (WSOA).
During the re-visit, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible, specifically about the weaknesses identified in the WSOA.
How can parents and carers contribute their views during this local area re-visit?
The inspectors will gather the contributions of parents and families through an online survey and a face-to-face open meeting. The focus of the online survey and open meeting will be set by the inspectors and will be based on the WSOA.
Parents and carers who would like to take part in this survey can follow this internet link:https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SandwelLASENDRevisit/. The survey will open at 12 noon on Monday 11 March 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 15 March 2019.
Parents and carers can submit their contributions via the online survey using the link provided above.
An open meeting, which will focus on areas identified in the WSOA, will take place on 18 March 2019. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum / SENDIASS (0121 500 4010) to request details of how to be part of the discussions between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC re-visit team.
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For more details of the SEND department please visit our micro-website here.
If you are reading this as a young person, your support should already be in place at Phoenix. Ask your teacher if you would like to talk about this.