Parental involvement and support is actively sought. This process begins as soon as concerns are raised. Parents are informed of all actions initiated by the academy and their positive contributions to the decision making process are encouraged. We recognise that parents hold key information and have knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a child’s needs and the best ways of supporting them. All parents of children with special educational needs will be treated as partners and supported to play an active and valued role in their child’s education. They will be invited to regular reviews of their child’s progress and encouraged to take an active part in the devising and implementation of their child’s SEND plan.
Partnership with parents plays a key role in enabling children and young people with SEND to achieve their potential. At its most effective, the education of young people with SEND is a collaborative initiative involving teachers, parents and the students themselves. Parents know a great deal about the children; they have particular insights about their strength, skills, interests, preferences, aspirations, anxieties and difficulties. Accordingly, the importance of meaningful, regular and positive communications between SENDCO, teachers and the parents of their students can never be overstated – this principle forms the foundation of the Inclusion policy on liaison with parents. Parents are informed and consulted upon identification, provision and progress of their child through letters, reports, annual reviews (if required), parental meetings and personal contact.
Parents are also encouraged to contact the academy if they have any concerns or queries they wish to discuss. Parents are also offered advice on how they can best support their child’s needs at home. Parents and students’ views are invited and highly valued as a contribution to the review process. Parents are always asked to give their consent to consultation with relevant health professionals and other agencies. Any parent, who is dissatisfied with any aspect of SEND provision, should first seek to discuss it with the SENDCo, who will try to resolve the issue. If there are still concerns, the matter will be discussed with the relevant member of the senior leadership team. Any parental concern pertaining to SEND may be brought to the Governing Body via the vice principal, or the SEND link governor.
The Children and Families Act 2014 states that local authorities must provide information, advice and support about special educational needs, disability, health and social care for children, young people and parents. Every local authority should provide a service that is free, easy to access and confidential and that can help children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their parents, take part in decisions that affect their lives.
In Northumberland this service is provided by Northumberland SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (previously known as the Parent Partnership Service). The service can be contacted by phone: 01670 623555 or by email: Alison.firstname.lastname@example.org