Special Educational Needs

Oakfield aims to support students with additional needs by removing barriers to learning and participation. We ensure that all students have access to an appropriate level of education that affords them the opportunity to achieve their personal potential and that they receive sufficient support to reach for these goals.

Miss Bray is our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and works with the team to support the school, pupils, parents and agencies.

To get in touch please email l.bray@oakfield.hants.sch.uk

Working With Families

​We are committed to meeting the educational needs of all our pupils. At times, some of our children will need additional support. We will facilitate this by following these objectives:

  • Involve parents/carers as partners

  • Provide, provision for meeting pupils’ special educational needs, the setting and marking of work appropriate to the individual need of the child, and where necessary through the development of individual or group learning programmes

  • Foster and maintain links with all outside agencies, educational support services, secondary and special schools

  • Initiate and facilitate staff development programmes concerned with special educational needs

  • Ensure that our school provides for equal access in line with the Disability Discrimination Act

Remember ... a diagnosis of a recognised need only forms one part of the journey, we are most interested in documentation which helps us to know more about how to support a child.

How do you support and identify children who need support?

Sometimes, it may be necessary to provide additional support for some pupils at some time during their school career. Within our school, we have set procedures for identifying and assessing the special needs of individual children which involves, at various stages, teaching staff, parents, external agencies and of course the children themselves. The degree and nature of support provided is determined by the needs of the child.

When a child joins our school we consult with their previous teachers in order to decide how best to support each pupil so that they continue to make progress in all areas of the curriculum. Additionally, we might carry out further assessments which help to build a bigger picture of individual pupils and their strengths and weaknesses. Staff meet regularly to look at pupil progress and their access to the curriculum. From this, appropriate support is identified. This might be class based, in a small group or a targeted programme of work.

Pupils who receive levels of support over and above that of their peers due to significant needs have a Pupil Passport so that all staff who teach them are aware of their strengths and difficulties. This enables teachers to modify planning accordingly and ensure strategies are used to help pupils become engaged in their learning and be happy and successful.

Children who have an Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP) are supported appropriately as directed. Annual and interim reviews are held for these pupils to discuss provision, objectives and outcomes, which include all involved adults and the child.

Where necessary the school will, in consultation with parents, call on outside agencies to provide additional and more specific help and guidance for staff to meet individual children’s needs. Such agencies include Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teacher Advisors for disabilities and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

We try to ensure that all pupils whatever their ability are able to take part in all classroom activities at the appropriate level.

Information and support for parents

Mental Health Support Team

The Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are part of the CAMHS early help service who offer support, advice, interventions to aid a pupils mental health if they are showing mild to moderate symptoms of mental health and/or behavioural difficulties or if they do not reach the threshold at a CAMHS assessment.

Teams are made up of professionals called Clinical Lead Practitioners and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs). These are workers who have had specialised training to support young people presenting with a wide range of mental health issues.

How can I access the service?

Only school can make a referral, please speak to your child's class teacher or contact Miss Bray (SENCo). Referrals are completed with input from school and home. These are then sent to the team and discussed in their weekly meeting. There are three possible outcomes.

  1. The referral is accepted and the young person is added to a waitlist for assessment.

  2. The young person would be better helped by outside agencies - referral is signposted

  3. More appropriate for Tier 3 CAMHS

Find out more about MHST and their latest updates

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Linked Policies

Further information about Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) can be found via the SEND Local Offer website by clicking above.