How can I find out how well my child is doing?
What do I do if I have concerns about how well my child is doing? My child is struggling in school?
Half termly monitoring takes place by students' teachers, all Heads of Department, their Head of School, Learning Guide and Assistant Head Teacher SENCO, to identify students who are not making progress or who have additional needs which are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities. Regardless of whether a pupil has SEND or not, you as parents will be informed of your child's progress and effort every half term by their Learning Guide.
If concerns are raised and after discussions with key staff and parents, appropriate additional support will be put into place to provide enhanced resources and/or targeted small group and/or individual support to help overcome any difficulties. The views of the student or young person about their support will be given consideration at this stage.
This additional support is documented in an Individual Education Plan (IEP). In consultation with the Assistant Head Teacher SENCO, teachers and parents, short term targets are agreed which prioritise key areas of difficulty to address and by which progress can be measured. Where external agencies are involved, their advice and recommendations are included in these support programmes. Actions agreed take into account each student's strengths as well as their difficulties. A Strategy Sheet will also be written based on your child's individual needs which teacher's will implement and incorporate into their lessons to ensure your child is able to access the curriculum, progress and achieve.
In some cases teaching assistant support may be allocated. This support is deployed to ensure your child can engage in lessons and wider school activities and to facilitate independent learning to support transition to adulthood.
Formal review meetings are held as required. Parents, relevant external agencies and when appropriate, students are invited to this review and their contribution is valued. The impact of support offered is considered along with the progress towards targets set. Support arrangements will be updated and revised accordingly. If not involved already, this might include referral to external agencies. The outcomes of these meetings will be formally recorded.
If your child is continuing to have significant difficulties, further external expertise may be requested. Additional funding is available for children who meet the criteria. This can be accessed using the Local Authority process in relation to Individual Pupils Higher Need Funding. Further details about this process will be explained in the Local Authority Local Offer.
Dyke House Sports and Technology College operate on an open-door policy in relation to meetings and telephone conversations. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to ring school on 01429 266377 and speak to your child's Learning Guide (for general concerns or updates on progress) or the Assistant Head Teacher SENCO, Mrs Dunston, regarding SEND concerns. Sometimes a phone call is all that is required but, if not, a meeting can be arranged at the earliest convenience.