SEN & Disability

SEN & Disability

Special Educational Needs - Children and Families Act - 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 takes forward the Coalition Government's commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems for adoption, children who are looked after, family justice and special educational needs (SEN).

The Government is changing the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parent /carer(s) greater involvement in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out in support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability: progress and next steps by:

  • replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth-to-25 Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
  • improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together.
  • requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a 'local offer' of support.

What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) to detail what local services are available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

What will it do?
The Kirklees framework will allow the Local Offer to provide parent/carer(s) with information about how to access services in their area and what they can expect from those services. It will let parent/carer(s) and young people know how school and colleges will support them and what they can expect across local schools and colleges.

The Shelley College Local Offer

Our Vision
We want every one of our students and members of staff to enjoy coming to our school and for all of us to try our very best in everything we do. We aim to help everybody gain the knowledge, skills and habits that can lead to a happy and successful life, both now and in the future. We summarise these aims as:

  • Valuing People and Supporting Personal Best

In addition to this we have a commitment to the removal of barriers and promotion of their independence in learning for all students but in particular for students with special educational needs including disabilities.

All students have the right to receive high quality relevant education. Support at Shelley College will be provided which encourages independence and supports the achievement of Personal Best. Support will be negotiated individually for each student, such that they leave Shelley fully equipped with life skills, experiences and outcomes to have a happy and successful future.

Shelley College provides high quality learning support to students through its highly skilled classroom teachers, Inclusion Support Workers and the Student Support Centre. The College has many years' experience of meeting the educational needs of students, including those with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Asperger Syndrome, learning differences, specific learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and medical conditions.  Students that have previously been identified as having an additional learning need will be fully supported through the transition process from the middle schools. All these students are tested on entry to Shelley College and we have an ongoing referral system to ensure all students that might benefit from additional support are identified and are supported accordingly. 

The OFSTED report published in 2013 states, "students with a statement of special educational needs made some of the best progress in school".  We are proud to have a highly accessible school building, built on a single level with ramps providing wheelchair access both to the front and rear of the school.

An external lift enables those people with mobility difficulties to move between the main college building and the Sixth Form Altitude Building.  Toileting and care needs facilities, working surfaces in classes, and the larger shared areas of the school, are also suitable for students who use a wheelchair or who have other mobility difficulties.  All fire doors are now held back on electronic safety catches, to allow easy access for all students, staff and visitors around the school.  

Please see the table below for basic information and click the document below the table to download all the frequently asked questions for both parent/carer(s) and students.

School Name and Address

Shelley College

Huddersfield Road

Shelley

Huddersfield

HD8 8NL

Telephone

Number

01484 868777

Email

Address

mainoffice@shelleycollege.org

Website

Address

www.shelleycollege.org
Principal Mr John McNally
SENDCo Mr Garry Stead
Inclusion Manager Mrs Brenda Ayre
Governor with responsibility for SEN Mr Nick Wilson
Contact telephone number for Inclusion Manager 01484 868777
Email Address for SENDCo garry.stead@shelleycollege.org
Local offer webpage link www.kirkleeslocaloffer.org.uk
Age range 13 - 18
Funding Education Funding Agency
Date for Local offer to be reviewed July 2017