SEND Local Offer / Information Report

All Greenwich maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

This should be looked at together with The Royal Borough of Greenwich Local Offer for children and young people with SEND, which can be accessed via the following link:


Please click on the questions below for more information about the local offer from South Rise


The government has listened to what parents say their experience of services is like and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the ‘Local Offer’.

In 2012 the former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather explained that:

“The current system is outdated and not fit for purpose. Thousands of families have had to battle for months, even years, with different agencies to get the specialist care their children need. It is unacceptable they are forced to go from pillar to post, facing agonising delays and bureaucracy to get support, therapy and equipment”.

“It is a huge step forward to require health, education and care services work together. The reforms will give parents better information and a comprehensive package of support that meets their needs”.

Local authorities and other services will set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have SEN and their families. The local offer will enable families to understand what services they can access and what support they can expect from a range of local agencies, including from the local authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector. The offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care.

The potential outcomes of the Local Offer are:

  • To provide clarity and confidence for parents
  • To support earlier intervention
  • To reduce the need for assessment
  • To identify need and gaps in provision
  • To provide an evidence base for improving progress and securing better outcomes, at school and local level.

All Greenwich maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All school are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

The SENCOs are responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Ensuring that you are:
    • involved in supporting your child’s learning.
    • kept informed about the support your child is getting.
    • involved in reviewing how they are doing.
    • Part of planning ahead for them
  • Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc.
  • Updating the school’s Inclusion register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
  • Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
  • Organising training for staff so they are aware and confident about how to meet the needs of your child and others within our school. 

Class/subject teacher
Responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all children have access to good/outstanding teaching and that the curriculum is adapted to meet your child’s individual needs (also known as differentiation).
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENCOs know as necessary.
  • Ensuring that all members of staff working with your child in school are aware of your child’s individual needs and/or conditions and what specific adjustments need to be made to enable them to be included and make progress. 
  • Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
  • Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.


Head of School
Responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND.
  • She will give responsibility to the SENCOs and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  • She must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.

SEND Governor
Responsible for:

  • Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEND.
  • Making sure that the school has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school.
  • Making sure that the school has an up to date SEND Policy.
  • Making visits to understand and monitor the support given to children with SEND in the school and being part of the process to ensure your child achieves his/her potential in school.

A Learning Support Assistant (LSA) may be allocated to a pupil with exceptional special educational needs and/or disabilities and whilst they take a very valuable role in your child’s education we would prefer that questions regarding your child’s learning and progress are directed to the staff members named above.

Of course, as a school we welcome daily dialogue between parents and LSAs on how a child’s day has been and we do actively encourage this continued feedback!

Class teacher input via excellent targeted classroom teaching also known as Quality First Teaching.
For your child this would mean:

  • That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
  • That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
  • Different ways of teaching are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning.
  • Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCO or outside staff)  are in place to support your child to learn.
  • Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has gap in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.

All children in school should be getting this as a part of excellent classroom practice when needed.

Specific group work with in a smaller group of children.
This group, often called Intervention groups by schools, may be

  • Run in the classroom or outside.
  • Run by a teacher or most often a Teaching assistant who has had training to run these groups.

Stage of SEN Code of Practice: School Action
which means they have been identified by the class teacher as needing some extra support in school.

For your child this would mean:

  • He/ She will engage in group sessions with specific targets to help him/her to make more progress.
  • A Learning Support Assistant/teacher or outside professional (like a Speech and Language Therapist) will run these small group sessions using the teacher’s plan

This type of support is available for any child who has specific gaps in their understanding of a subject/area of learning.

Specialist groups run by outside agencies e.g Speech and Language therapy OR Occupational therapy groups
AND/OR  Individual support for your child of less than 20 hours in school

Stage of SEND Code of Practice: SEN Support
which means they have been identified by the class teacher/DHT/Inclusion Manager as needing some extra specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:

  •  Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team or Sensory Service ( for students with a hearing or visual need)
  • Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service or Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service.

For your child this would mean:

  • Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
  • Support to set better targets which will include their specific expertise
  • A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g a social skills group. The content of which will have been modelled to a teaching assistant by a speech therapist or Educational Psychologist
  • A group or individual work with outside professional
  • Your child will have been identified by the class teacher/ SENCO (or you will have raised your worries) as needing more specialist input instead of or in addition to quality first teaching and intervention groups.
  • You will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward.
  • You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional e.g a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them better in school.
  • The specialist professional will work with your  child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:
  • The school may suggest that your child needs some agreed individual support in school. They will tell you how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place.

This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.

Specified Individual support
for your child of more than 20 hours in school.

This is provided via an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or if your child has had this type of support for some time, may be provided by a Statement of Special Educational Needs. This means your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENCO as needing a particularly high level of individual and  small group teaching (as a guide, 21 hours or more, in school), which cannot be provided from the resources already delegated to the school.

Usually, if your child requires this high level of support they may also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:

  •  Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team or Sensory Service ( for students with a hearing or visual need)
  • Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service, Occupational therapy service, Physiotherapy and/or CAMHS

For your child this would mean:

  • The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child. You can find more details about this in the Local Authority (LA) based Local Offer, on the Royal Greenwich website:
  • After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), seem complex enough to need a statutory assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue with the SEN support.
  • After the reports have all been sent in the Local Authority will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong and that they need more than 20 hours of support in school to make good progress. If this is the case they will write a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an EHC Plan. If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with the SEN support and will also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to ensure your child makes as much progress as possible.
  • The EHC Plan or Statement will outline the number of hours of individual/small group support your child will receive from the LA and how the support should be used and what strategies must be put in place. It will also have long and short term goals for your child.
  • The additional adult may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child.

This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are:

  • Severe, complex and lifelong
  • Need more than 20 hours of support in school
  • We will first invite you to visit the school with your child to have a look around and speak to staff
  • If other professionals are involved, a team around the Child (TAC) meeting will be held to discuss your child’s needs, share strategies used, and ensure provision is put in place before your child starts
  • Your child’s key person may make a home visit and also visit your child of they are attending another provision
  • We may suggest adaptations to the settling in period to help your child to settle more easily
  • If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should speak to your child’s class teacher initially.
  • If you are not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak to one of the SENCOs or Head Teacher.
  • If you are still not happy you can speak to the school SEND Governor.

If your child is then identified as not making progress the school will set up am meeting to discuss this with you in more detail and to:

  • listen to any concerns you may have too
  • plan any additional support your child may receive
  • discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning
  • discuss how we could work together to support your child at home/school.
  • We will always take the child’s views into account when holding review meetings
  • Regular discussions between the child and their teacher about their learning, progress and feelings about school.
  • We will look to gather the views of your child in a variety of ways. For example if they cannot express their views in words we might video them engaged in an activity they enjoy and highlight the ways they show pleasure, clapping etc. For older children we might sit with them and ask them some open ended questions about their experiences.
  • The school budget, received from Greenwich LA, includes money for supporting children with SEND.
  • The Head Teacher decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school.
  • The Head Teacher and the SENCOs discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
    • the children getting extra support already
    • the children needing extra support
    • the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected

    And decide what resources/training and support is needed.

  • All resources/training and support are reviewed regularly and changes made as needed.

Directly funded by the school:

  • One Learning Mentor
  • Additional Speech and Language Therapy input to provide a higher level of service to the school.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Additional Educational Psychology input to provide a higher level of service to the school
  • Input from our ASD specialist colleagues at Willowdene
  • Amber Light Counselling Service (9 sessions a week)

Paid for centrally by the Local Authority but delivered in school:

  • Autism Outreach Service
  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Sensory Service for children with visual or hearing needs
  • STEPS (Assessment, advice and resources for children with literacy or numeracy difficulties including Dyslexia)
  • Speech and Language Therapy (provided by Health but paid for by the Local Authority).
  • Professional training for school staff to deliver medical interventions
  • Waterside Behaviour advice service
  • Parent Partnership Service (to support families through the SEN processes and procedures).

Provided and paid for by the Health Service (Oxleas NHS Trust) but delivered in school:

  • School Nurse
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy

Voluntary Agencies:

  • National Autistic Society
  • Greenwich Parent Voice
  • The SENCOs’ job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.
  • Termly meetings to discuss the children identified on the Inclusion Register and Monitored child list and to evaluate the interventions already in place.
  • The school has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues such as ASD and Speech and language difficulties.
  • Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class e.g from the ASD Outreach service and STEPS.
  • Class Teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • Specially trained support staff can adapt the teachers planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
  • Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
  • Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child’s learning needs.
  • Your child’s progress is continually monitored by his/her class teacher.
  • His/her progress is reviewed formally every term and a National Curriculum level given in reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • If your child is in Year 1 and above, but is not yet at National Curriculum levels, a more sensitive assessment tool is used which shows their level in more detail and will also show smaller but significant steps of progress. The levels are called ‘P levels’.
  • At the end of each key stage (i.e. at the end of year 2 and year 6) all children are required to be formally assessed using Standard Assessment Tests (SATS). This is something the government requires all schools to do and are the results that are published nationally.
  • The progress of children with a statement of SEND/ EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education.
  • The SENCO will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in, through monitoring visits and looking at progress data. For children participating in interventions which target their Social, Emotional and Mental Wellbeing, qualitative assessments will be undertaken.
  • The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school so similar strategies can be used.
  • The SENCOs are available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have.
  • You will receive a letter every term specifying your child’s targets for that term which will be shared with you by the class teacher or SENCO. We will then ask you to sign and, if appropriate, your child. You will be able to take a copy home with you. 
  • All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report.
  • Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual needs.
  • South Rise Primary School is a large school and would make any necessary changes to the building or placement of a classroom to accommodate children with mobility and physical disabilities.
  • We ensure that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
  • After school provision is accessible to all children including those with SEND.
  • Extra-curricular activities are accessible for children with SEND.

The school's Accessibility Policy can be viewed here.

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible.

  • If your child is moving to another school:
    • We will contact the school SENCO and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child.
    • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
  • When moving classes in school:
    • Information will be passed on to the new class teacher IN ADVANCE and in most cases, a planning meeting will take place with the new teacher.
    • A book about moving on will be made for your child where appropriate.
  • In Year 6:
    • The SENCO will attend the Primary Transition Day to discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCO of their secondary school, and the specialist session for students with ASD, as appropriate.
    • Your child will do focused learning about aspects of transition to support their understanding of the changes ahead.
    • Where possible your child will visit their new school on several occasions and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.

How many students did we have at our school with statements or EHC plans at the end of July 2017?

  • 5 EHC plans (and 2 being drafted)


How many students did we have at SEN Support at the end of July 2017?

  • 94 children

What were the outcomes for children within our school with SEND for 2017?

  • The overall points of progress for children with SEN across KS1 and KS2 is 3.6
  • Progress of children in FS1, FS2, Year 1, Year 4 and Year 6 is particularly good and is generally very positive across the school.
  • 94% of children made at least 2 points of progress and 73% of children made 3 or more points of progress.
  • 100% of children with SEND made at least 6 points of progress across KS2 – the majority made significantly more progress. Our Value Added performance has been significantly higher than the National Value Added figure for the past three years in all areas.
  • The children with SEN in Year 6 made greater progress than those without SEN. The gap in attainment between SEN/Non SEN at the end of KS2 has decreased to 0.9.
  • Children with communication and interaction difficulties have made particularly good progress overall. Interventions such as Lego therapy, box therapy and bucket therapy will all have contributed to this. With input from the Speech and language therapists we have set up lots of new intervention groups to meet the growing need of children with communication and interaction difficulties. SaLT have provided training for staff and will continue to monitor the groups alongside the school


  • There has been a real improvement in the progress of children with Cognitive and learning difficulties in reading, writing and maths. This is now the area with the most progress. This follows a focus on this area last year and interventions such as Toe by Toe, Precision Teaching and an expansion of the STEPS programme.


  • Children with SME have also made fantastic progress in all areas. This is due to the increase in hour purchased for CAMHS and EP support. All teaching staff have also had attachment and nurture training which helps to support children with SME.

What training did staff at our school have in SEND over the year 2017?

  • David Levy and Georgia Halls from CAMHS delivered a parent workshop entitled ‘How to help your child learn.’ It was a huge success with fantastic feedback
  • Our Speech and Language Therapist has completed training and follow ups with the year 1 team to support those children with social communication needs.
  • Our Educational Psychologist, alongside Lisa Elliott, Eleanor Ashby and Renee Wheeler delivered attachment training to all teaching staff and all support staff.
  • Staff have received training on supporting children with ASD.
  • Three staff members received specialist STEPS literacy and  numeracy training. They are now delivering personalised programmes to children throughout the school.
  • The SENCO attended a useful workshop on mental health.

What was in the Head teacher’s report to the Governors about SEND in 2016/17?






Saplings have had a very successful and busy year. Two children have been successfully reintegrated with another three currently being reintegrated. Over the next few weeks the remaining children will begin their reintegration into class.


This year we introduced termly Sapling Panel meeting. This is where all Sapling staff, SENCo and Year 1 leader meet to discuss the progress of the children and possible reintegration of key children.


Other successes of the year include Saplings joining in with year 1 phonics, music assemblies and spending Wednesday afternoon in their Base Class. This has ensured the children have a close link with their Base Class and has made reintegration easier for them. Miss May and Mrs Wheeler are always there to support any children struggling during those times.



External Agency Support

Speech and Language Therapy

We were delighted to be awarded ‘level 1 focussing’ communication award this year. We are currently working towards level 2.

ASD Outreach

There are currently 5 children at South Rise with a diagnosis of Autism who are observed on a half-termly basis by ASD Outreach. The children have been meeting their targets successfully and are making good progress academically, socially, emotionally and behaviourally. We continue to work very closely with ASD Outreach to ensure the children’s needs are being met and the appropriate strategies and resources are in place.


CAMHS have run multiple sessions in school with families and teachers to help support children with their learning in school. This year we have allocated set times to SRLC and Saplings staff to ensure our most vulnerable children and families have the support that is needed. CAMHS has also run some very beneficial after school drop in sessions for teachers.

Educational Psychologist

The EP has observed and supported many of our most vulnerable children since September. Either through observations or direct work, she has been able to share valuable information about the children and offer strategies on how they can be best supported both at school and at home.  She has also had set time in SRLC and Saplings to ensure the staff and families have support to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.


We have made several referrals for Literacy and Numeracy assessments to ensure that specialist interventions are in place that will support good progress. Currently 12 STEPS Literacy/Maths programmes are being delivered by trained TAs. We have also referred to dyslexia testing in five cases.


First Aid & Medical Conditions

The Medical Alert Handbook has been updated and shared with First Aiders and all other teaching staff to ensure that everyone knows how to act in an emergency situation. All Care Plans have been reviewed this year and we continue to monitor them closely.