5. Glossary of terms
|An annual meeting to discuss the needs of a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan), review progress against targets and to set new targets for the year ahead. Parents/Carers, the child and all adults working with the child outside of school are invited to attend and contribute to the meeting.
|Bridging and Induction Day
|School days when your child will spend time at Brookfield taking part in transition activities. The Induction Day provides an opportunity for your child to meet their new Personal Development (Tutor) Group and is followed by a parents evening where House Leaders and Tutors are available to meet you.
|Educational Psychology services
|A team of trained psychologists who provide specific advice and training for school staff across the range of SEND needs
|Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
|The EHCP is a formal written report of the child’s educational, health and care needs and the provision required to meet them. The Plan helps the child, their parent/carers and Children’s Services staff to identify and agree the most suitable provider (including education) to ensure that their needs are fully considered when allocating an education placement to meet these needs. The provider can then put into place the support the child needs to achieve new goals in life.
|EHCP K3 Transfer Meeting
|The meeting held in Year 6 to enable the Local Authority’s SEND Service to complete a transfer review for the child or young person in preparation for their next phase of education.
|Transition Partnership Agreement (TPA)
|Transition planning for children with more complex needs, but who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan
|Looked After Child (LAC)
|A child who is in the care of their Local Authority, often in a foster placement and sometimes in a residential children’s home
|An annual 15-to-30-minute meeting with your child’s Tutor to discuss the personal development of your child.
|Occupational and Speech Therapy
|A support service offered by the Local Authority for children with physical or language/communication needs.
|Term referring to any service outside of school, which children have access to, for example, Specialist Teacher Advisors and the Educational Psychologist service.
|SEND Student Record
|A record maintained in our School Information Management System (SIMS) that includes background information for a child’s SEND need. For children with an EHCP and those with complex needs, the record includes relevant strategies for staff to utilise to meet the defined SEND needs of a child. Children contribute to the creation of this information.
|Quality First Teaching
|Good teaching for children with SEND is good teaching for all. High-quality teaching should be the first step to responding to children who have or may have special educational needs. This is because additional interventions cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching.
The key characteristics of quality-first teaching include: • Strong, positive relationships • Highly focused lesson design with sharp objectives • High demands of student involvement and engagement with their learning • High levels of interaction for all children • Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher • An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for children to talk both individually and in groups • An expectation that children will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently • Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate children