How does the school know how well my child is doing?
Our starting point for measuring your child’s progress is the baseline assessment. We will ask you to be involved in this process to ensure we have a full picture of your child’s needs. From here, your child’s profile will be used to track and measure their individual learning outcomes, which will be monitored daily. This information is monitored and evaluated in line with all school assessments including our electronic recording tool, E-Levels (on SIMS), which will track your child’s academic progress across the whole school. With such extensive monitoring, we are able to see if pupils are making the expected progress. If they are failing to reach certain targets, this will be quickly identified and immediately addressed.
We understand that every child is different, as are their academic abilities, their autism and as such, their progress. We therefore set individual targets for each pupil based on their previous levels of achievement (with reference to the National Progression Data for pupils with special educational needs).
Additionally, each of our pupils has a Behaviour Support Plan. The class team and therapy team regularly review this plan. If your child should have any issues with their behaviour, these will be carefully recorded onto SchoolPod (Behaviour Watch), which is an electronic tool that helps us to analyse pupils’ behaviour patterns. Our assistant psychologists analyse data weekly and will ensure that our pupils are improving or receiving more support where needed.
How will I be kept informed about how well my child is doing?
Good communication with you is an absolute priority and we work hard to ensure that you are kept up to date with how happy your child is at school and with their progress. We do this in a variety of ways;
- the Home-School diary
- termly parents’ evenings
- end of year report
- annual review meeting
- informal meeting with you
The Home-School diary is passed daily between home and school and enables a simple, effective two-way flow of information between parents/ carers and teacher. If families have any concerns about their child, they are welcome to contact their teacher directly by phone, email or by calling the school to arrange an appointment to come in and have a chat.
Formally, the school holds parents’ evenings three times a year, which gives you the opportunity to talk to your child’s class teacher and therapists. The Head Teacher, Deputy and Assistant Heads are always available at these events too.
All of our pupils have a statement of special educational needs (or EHCP) and therefore, an Annual Review meeting is held where their statement/ EHCP is reviewed. Staff who work with your child, including relevant members of the Curriculum Access Team (CAT) and sometimes other key professionals such as transition officers, attend this meeting.
The in-house CA Team (Curriculum Access Team) comprises consultant clinical psychologist (autism specialist), assistant psychologists, speech & language therapists, occupational therapists and music therapist.
The Annual Review Report will detail your child’s progress across the year based on the PDP (Personal Development Plan) targets.
How regularly will I be updated on my child’s progress?
At your child’s Annual Review meeting, the school identifies annual targets within key areas of personal development and prepares termly PDP targets, which we will ask you to contribute to, comment on and agree. Your child’s progress towards these targets is assessed and evaluated termly; they are then updated and will be sent home again for your approval. These will give you a clear indication of your child’s progress throughout the school year.
While progress is discussed in detail at the Annual Review meeting, a regular overview and progress report will be available to you at the parents evenings, which you will be invited to attend across the academic year. Your child will also receive a detailed end of year report.
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, you are welcome to come in and talk to us.
Will I know if my child is not making progress?
We involve you in your child’s education every step of the way. As such, you will quickly be informed of any issues your child may be having and either you or your class teacher may arrange a meeting. Often a conversation between home and school can unearth an issue that may be easily remedied.
We aim to ensure that targets set are realistic, but challenging, for each pupil building on their self-esteem, self-confidence and giving them a positive school experience. As such, it is rare that our pupils fail to progress. We underpin your child’s learning and progress with painstaking monitoring, consistent assessment and effective communication with you.