Leeds Jewish Free School SEND Local offer
Universal School Provision
As a small school we place a strong emphasis on the personalised approach we can make to the learning of every student. This statement has to be worded very carefully to avoid identifying individual pupils.
All our students are taught in mixed ability classes with a strong emphasis being placed on challenge, with support for all pupils. As such work is differentiated in a numbers of ways:
- Starting point
- Potential outcomes
- Resources available
- Use of personal IT equipment
- Peer support/partners
- Personalised marking and feedback
A full time member of support staff is employed with a number of designated roles including Learning Mentor and Teaching Assistant. All students have access to this support when needed. Small group support is currently offered in Maths, English and Hebrew.
Where a student needs change quickly and/or for the short term only immediate changes are made to address these needs. This can include bereavement, social emotional needs, medical needs and physical needs.
From January 2015 all students have a provision passport. This outlines their overall profile and any changes to provision as they happen. These are maintained by the Learning Mentor and shared with all staff.
Our Learning Mentor and Form Tutors play an essential part in meeting the social and emotional needs of the students.
The support is available on request and when a need is identified by staff. This includes 1:1 support as well as group led activities.
The support is targeted at the beginning and the end of each day, as well as lunchtime. Form periods are at the end of every day and include follow up to issues arising during the day and the tracking of behaviour stamps and comments.
Support is also offered through The Zone (Youth Centre) based on site. Their Youth Work staff offer 1:1 support at times agreed with the school.
Adaptive and Alternative curriculum
SEND issues whilst recognised as a need, are not considered to be a barrier to outstanding progress.
We make adaptations to both the curriculum and delivery methods to ensure that every student has the chance to make aspirational progress in as many subjects as is possible.
Some students can have permanent or temporary changes to their curriculum to ensure their needs are being met. This is usually as part of the agreed Statement/EHC provision.
Resources are adapted to help access including varying colour of paper as well as size of text for dyslexic pupils and specific instructions and guidance for pupils with conditions such as Asperger’s Syndrome.
Some pupils are given 1:1 support to improve access to activities such as homework.
In some cases, medical needs, whilst not a SEND issue, do present a barrier to learning. In these cases modifications are agreed to the school day, specific lessons and activities to ensure maximum access and progress is made. Where appropriate a full medical care plan will be written, supported by the School Nurse Service.
Support from other specialist external agencies is used where appropriate. Currently we are working with:
- Alwoodley Extended Services Family Support Worker
- Leeds Jewish Welfare Board
- Speech and Language Therapist
- STARs (Specialist Autistic Support Service)
- Education Psychology Service
- The Zone (on site youth provision)
Every pupil on the SEN register has as an IEP that is reviewed with the student and parents.
Where appropriate and needed we work closely with Leeds City Council to ensure the needs of all students are met. The link below gives details of the Leeds Local Offer.
Review of our SEND Local Offer
This offer statement will be reviewed annually. However, as already stated, due to the small nature of the school our offer is very personal and specific and it will be adjusted and amended regularly as the school expands and the cohorts change.
SEN Information Report
Download SEN Statement.
Jeremy Dunford Alex Abrams
Executive Headteacher and SENCo SEN Governor