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Lakeside Primary School

Hatherley Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HR

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Our Offer of Early Help
We recognise the importance of Early Help as a key strategy when working with children and families to enable every child to thrive.

We believe that by working together, at an early stage, we are able to develop flexible support services that are responsive to children and families’ needs and provide the right level of intervention at the right time.

This approach is reliant on local agencies working in partnership to:
  • Identify children and families who would benefit from Early Help
  • Undertake an assessment of the need for Early Help; and
  • Provide targeted Early Help interventions based on the assessed needs of a child and their family in order to significantly improve outcomes for the child.
There are several factors that are essential to being able to deliver effective early support and intervention to children and families. 

An open, honest and transparent approach to supporting children and their families –Asking for help should be seen as a sign of parental responsibility rather than a parenting failure. Support is often more effective when parents feel they are listened to and respected by practitioners. We will work honestly and openly with families, having clear conversations about concerns and making sure that they are involved in decision making.

Early, solution focused and evidence based interventions – We will work with families to help them identify the things that they need to change and the support that they need. For the support to be effective it will be tailored to the family’s needs and provided at the lowest level necessary to ensure that the desired outcomes are achieved.

A multi-agency approach to assessment, support and intervention – Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is the responsibility of everyone in Gloucestershire who works or has contact with children and their families. We need to consult each other, share information and work together using our collective skills, knowledge and expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes for the child.

What will we try to achieve with the support of the local authority Early Help team?
  • Engage with families and work to their strengths
  • Focus on preventing problems and building the resilience of parents, children, young people and communities to support each other
  • Be clear and consistent about the outcomes we expect
  • Be brave enough to stop things that aren’t working

Gloucestershire Family Information Service provides information, advice and support for families with children aged 0-19 (up to 25 for those with a disability)
Telephone - 0800 542 02 02

Special Education Needs 

Lakeside Primary School has a named Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) who is Miss Janette Hinch, and a named Governor responsible for SEND, Mr Parin Gohil. 

They ensure that the Lakeside Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy works within the guidelines and inclusion policies of the Code of Practice (2014), the Local Education Authority, and other policies current within the school.
This report makes clear where the information on how SEND is provided for and monitored at Lakeside can be found.

In compliance with the Code, we provide for children with SEND in the following areas:

  • Communication and interaction.
  • Cognition and learning.
  • Social, mental and emotional health.
  • Sensory/physical needs.

Our SEND policy outlines:
  • Our procedures for identifying and assessing children with SEND.
  • Arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEND and involving them in their education.
  • Arrangements for consulting young people with SEND and involving them in their education.
  • Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children and young people’s progress towards outcomes. This should include the opportunities available to work with parents and young people as part of this assessment and review.
  • Arrangements for supporting children and young people in moving between phases of education.
  • The approach we take to teaching children and young people with SEND.

Also included in the SEND policy and in more detail in our School Offer:
  • How adaptations are made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people with SEND.
  • The expertise and training of staff to support children and young people with SEND, including how specialist expertise will be secured.
  • Support for improving emotional and social development.
  • How the school involves other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting children and young people’s SEND and supporting their families.
  • Arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the provision made at the school.

Our SENDCo Reports to the Governing Body give information relevant to:
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEND.
  • How children and young people with SEN are enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEND.
Up-to-date versions of our SEND Policy and SEND Report can be found in the 'Policies' section of the school website.