Lady Manners School is a fully inclusive school. All students have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including the National Curriculum, extra-curricular activities and the wider life of the school. The school aims to provide a learning community which takes into account the needs of individuals and where individuals are valued, feel secure and have a sense of belonging. The emphasis is to maximise achievement, realise individual potential, raise self-esteem, promote well-being and prepare young people for the challenges of life in a complex changing society.
The school is committed to inclusion for all students.
All teachers are teachers of students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They have the responsibility to plan lessons taking into account the individual needs and abilities of all students within their teaching groups.
This page provides lots of information about how we support students at Lady Manners School but, if you have any further questions please do contact Mrs Wilson, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) either by email or on 01629 812671.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the school know if students need extra help?
It is the responsibility of all staff to help identify students with SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities). Students are identified as having SEND in a variety of ways:
On entry to the school all students are assessed through:
- NFER (National Federation for Educational Research) reading test
- Young Parallel spelling test
- CAT (Cognitive Ability Tests) profiles
In addition, information is gathered from:
- Partner primary schools
- National Curriculum assessments
- SAT (Statutory Assessment Tests) results
- School assessments and procedures for monitoring and tracking progress
- Teacher observation/assessment
- Previous targets/strategies
- Statement of Education Need/Education and Healthcare Plans
- External agencies
- On-going assessment and review procedures in line with the guidelines within the Revised Code of Practice 2014
What should I do if I think my child has SEND?
Ring the school switchboard and ask to speak to the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Mrs Wilson, or Assistant SENCo, Mr Askew. We will listen carefully to your concerns and plan an approach together for how we might assess your child's additional needs and then plan for provisions that will address those needs.
You can also access information about local services through the Derbyshire Local Offer.
How will I know that the school will support my child?
We aim always to work collaboratively with students and their families — any provision will be in discussion with students and their families; new interventions identified by school as being of use will be done through invitation and therefore families will know of any and all support being offered. Where additional support is requested by families, we will keep you up to date about the progress of that support in the identification, planning, delivery and reviewing of the support. In cases where support is no longer needed, then that decision will be made with the student and their families.
How will the curriculum be matched to meet my child's needs?
As a comprehensive, mainstream school, it is our intention to provide all students with outstanding classroom practice in the first instance. If a student's additional needs cannot be met within the mainstream classroom, we will assess those needs in close collaboration with the subject teacher and liaise with the student and their families to assess the need, plan provision and review the impact of any changes made to meet needs.
There are many different provisions and interventions the school and linked outside agencies can offer. Decisions about how to provide for a student's additional needs are made on an individual basis and in collaboration with students and their families.
How will I know how my child is doing?
All students at Lady Manners School have regular tracking and report data collected and shared with students and their families. At each tracking point, the Pastoral, Curriculum and Learning Support Leaders look at the data to see how students with additional needs are doing. This allows school to identify particular strengths and any areas for development in a student's progress, and measures will be taken accordingly in consultation with the students and their families.
Between tracking points you can call the school and ask to speak to either your child's Head of Year or the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and we can look at any specific concerns, including asking staff for an update on how your child is doing.
How will you help me support my child's learning?
Families of students with additional needs will want to support their child's learning in and out of the school environment. As a school, we are looking at providing more information for families about the learning in various curriculum areas. Students themselves are making more use of the school's Virtual Learning Environment, Myvle, and this may provide opportunities for you and your child to revisit work set in lessons. In review meetings for students with additional needs, we will look at a range of services and strategies that can be used at home to support learning. The Derbyshire Local Offer is also a useful tool for finding out what support can be provided to support learning.
What support will there be to support my child's overall well-being?
The happiness and well-being of students is at the heart of the school's ethos and especially pertinent to those students with additional needs.
- Concerns that are raised within school will be considered and shared with home.
- The form tutor is the first pastoral link person.
- Heads of Year and Head of Lower and Upper School also provide support and guidance.
- Medical staff are also based in our school (Ms Harman and Mrs Brindley).
- The school has a policy for administering medication (please refer to the school's drugs policy available on the school website).
- The need for assistance for a student's personal care will be discussed on an individual basis.
- The school has a Behaviour for Learning Policy (available to download on the 'Policies and Procedures' page) which promotes the school's intention to reduce exclusions and increase attendance.
- All students at Lady Manners School receive a comprehensive PSCHE (Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Economic) education, through specific PSCHE lessons and via form tutors two mornings a week during form time.
- Issues of well-being are also addressed through assemblies and other planned school community activities.
- Students with additional needs may need additional support with their own physical, emotional or mental well-being.
We have staff in the department with experience of providing small group and one-to-one support when a need is identified. As with other provisions, whether the need for support is identified through school or from home, the provision will be planned in collaboration with the student and with their family.
What specialist services or expertise are available or accessed by the school?
With such a large department of teachers and learning support assistants within the department, and in close collaborations with the Derbyshire Local Offer, we have many different services and expertise available. We are in the process of auditing this provision and our provision map will adapt and change over the course of this academic year.
Decisions about how to provide for a student's additional needs are made on an individual basis and in collaboration with students and their families.
The school can access support from a range of external agencies such as:
- Local Inclusion Officer
- Educational Psychologist
- Autism Outreach Team
- Physical Impairment Team
- Occupational Therapist
- MAT Staff
- Social Services
- Hearing Impairment Team
- Visual Impairment Team
- Behaviour Support Services
- Child and Mental Health Services
- School Nurse
Many external services can provide training to school staff and families on a range of Special Educational Needs issues. When we are aware that a student is coming to the school with Special Education Needs, we would seek advice and training where necessary. Within school, we have a Learning Support Department base, and a Student Behaviour Support base.
What training have staff supporting students with SEND had?
All staff working at Lady Manners School have received Child Protection and Safeguarding training. Additionally, within the department, we have received training on:
- Access Arrangements
- Attachment Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Behaviour for Learning
- BESD (behavioural, emotional and social disorders)
- Building Self-Resilience
- Irlen Syndrome
- Manual Handling of students with Disabilities
- Self Harm and Eating Disorders
- Speech and Language Support
We annually review our training needs in terms of students joining us in the next two years who have additional needs and for whom staff training will be identified as a priority in the department's planning.
How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom?
A range of extra-curricular activities are available for students during lunchtime and after the close of the school day. The school aims for all children to be included and will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments, where necessary.
Where parents, students or staff members have any concerns about an activity or trip, these can be discussed with activity leader and the SENCo where necessary.
The Learning Support Department is open for students before school and at break and lunchtimes. Lunchtime supervision is also available depending on the needs of the student. The student support department also supervise students at break and lunchtime.
How accessible is the school environment?
We have made many improvements and modifications to the school site over the last few years. We have installed more ramps around the school site and raised corridor floors to ensure ease of access for those with physical needs to be able to use crutches, walking frames and wheel chairs. We have disabled toilets, physiotherapy beds and hoists. A lift is provided in the Sports Block to ensure students with physical disabilities can access the dance studio and fitness suite. Students with physical disabilities have timetables which ensure that teaching is delivered on the ground floor.
How will the school support my child in starting school and moving on?
Students who have a Statement of Special Education Need or an Education and Health Care Plan are supported from Year 5 in primary school, or from when a statutory assessment is completed with their transition from primary provision to Lady Manners School. We will work closely with staff and agencies that have been working with your child to ensure that the transition goes smoothly and that adjustments are made to accommodate additional needs.
Students who have received provision under SEN Support (previously identified as School Action and School Action Plus) will be supported in transition from primary provision to Lady Manners School during Year 6 through visits from key staff at Lady Manners School to their school and in transition activities between primary schools and Lady Manners School. Where a student is known to have additional needs and is joining us from outside the catchment area, or are joining from private education or a non-partner primary school, we will work with the student and family directly to arrange visits to Lady Manners School and discuss needs and plan provisions.
Planning to move on from Lady Manners School, either as part of a key transition phase (end of Key Stage 4 - Year 11; end of Key Stage 5 - Years 12/13) will be provided with additional careers advice and guidance support from the school's Careers Department. The Learning Support Department will work closely with the provisions that are being considered to ensure that choices are made and supported by all agencies involved in the student's care. At Annual Review Meetings, the next phases of education, training or employment will be considered and outcomes decided to support each individual.
How are the school's resources allocated and matched to a student's SENDs?
Curriculum Leaders ensure that resources and schemes of work are differentiated and ensure all needs of our students are being met.
We work with the Local Authority to ensure that the physical environment of the school meets the needs of all our students and make modifications to the school building or the timetabling of lessons to ensure that all students can access all areas of the curriculum.
Where additional teaching interventions and resources are sought, options are carefully considered and can be used in a way that can be quality assured.
How are the decisions made about how much support my child will receive?
Students with SEND will be reviewed using the school's normal monitoring and tracking procedures and reported to parents in the normal way. For students with a Statement of Special Education Needs/EHCP a review meeting is held annually.
If after a period of sustained educational support a pupil is not making sufficient progress there will be further consultation with families and support from external agencies will be sought.
When additional support is put in place, specific targets will be set and regularly reviewed.
How will I be involved in discussions and planning for my child's education?
Families of students with SEND will be invited to contribute to target setting and review meetings.
We welcome parents' involvement in supporting their child's learning.
Messages can be written in your child's planner. Individual contact arrangements can be made where necessary.
Who can families contact for further information?
You should contact school and speak to one of the following people:
- SENCo (Mrs Wilson)
- Your child's Form Tutor
- Your child's Head of Year
- Head of Lower School (Ms Osborn)/Head of Upper School (Mrs Dobson)/Head of Sixth Form (Mr Evans)
Additionally, the Derbyshire Local Offer is a central hub for information that is collated and regularly updated by the Derbyshire Local Authority. This includes information about supporting parents and mediation services.
- The school's Special Educational Needs Policy is available to download from our 'Policies and Procedures' page.
- Our SEND Information Report is also available on our 'Policies and Procedures' page.
- The Derbyshire Local Offer gives information about the range of services and support for children and young people with SEND.