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Working together, home, school and outside agencies

How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  • For students with identified SEND, there will be structured conversations, three times a year, one of which will be the formal EHCP review. During these meetings we will work together to discuss strategies you can use at home to support your child’s learning.
  • We will share with you any information we have regarding specific support groups available in school or in the local community.
  • ACS has an Independent Home Learning policy and all students will be set with regular IHL in the form of short tasks, to reinforce and consolidate learning, and longer extended projects which encourage the development of higher order skills such as research and time management. This programme will provide an opportunity for you to actively engage in aspects of your child’s learning at ACS

What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

  • ACS has a dedicated team of pastoral staff.  The Assistant Year Leaders are skilled in supporting students whose social, emotional and behavioural needs places them at risk of disengagement, isolation, underachievement, non-attendance or even exclusion.  Where risks are identified, direct intervention is planned in partnership with parents/carers and students in order to overcome barriers.
  • Members of the Inclusion Team are always available and many students spend time in the Resource Base before school, breaktimes, lunchtimes and after school.

How does ACS work together with outside agencies?

  • If a student has support from more than one external agency their needs will be coordinated through the Single Assessment Framework, or SAF process.  The SAF is a document which draws together key information about a child and their family, in order to plan effective intervention across services (education, health and social care).  The SAF is overseen by a lead professional who will have been identified by you, as the parent/carer. 
  • If your child has an EHCP, their provision will be formally reviewed as part of the Annual Review process.   Parents/carers and students are invited to attend and contribute to this meeting.  Representatives from the Local Authority and other supporting agencies may be invited to join the meeting, particularly if amendments to the EHCP are required.  The school report and meeting summary documentation will be shared with parents/carers, supporting agencies and the Local Authority.   
  • If school has significant concerns regarding any student a request for a Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting may be made in order to share information and plan support.  Parents/carers may be invited to attend.