What is the Kirklees Local Offer?
The Local Offer has been developed as part of the new Children and Families Act. It aims to provide information on education, health and social care provision available for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs, in a way that can be accessed quickly and easily.
Who is producing the Local Offer?
Kirklees Council is working with parents, young people, schools, colleges, early years providers and health services to produce the Local Offer.
What information do schools provide?
Schools have a duty to provide information about special educational needs that is accessible to pupils, parents and carers. We need to make sure this information is kept up-to-date.
Where can I find the Local Offer?
The Kirklees Local Offer can be found by clicking on the Kirklees Local Offer heading. This is a work in progress. Kirklees Council and partners are working hard to create a Local Offer that includes links to all relevant information that Kirklees residents would find useful. If you have any suggestions for improvements or ideas about what might help you, contact CSA.Admin@kirklees.gov.uk
Providing comprehensive information for parents, carers and children in accordance with the Children and Families Act 2014.
Local Offer webpage link
Castle Hill School, Newsome Road South, Huddersfield. HD4 6JL
What staff training is in place to support children and young people with SEND?
Do you have any other services that work closely with yours?
We are a Teaching School and as such provide training and support to schools both inside and outside of the local authority. We also work closely with Universities and Colleges to provide teacher training placements.
What is your recent and future planned training?
Our in-school training programme ensures there are a wide variety of training opportunities for staff to attend including those based on:
Communication aid use
Lifting and handling
Feeding and swallowing
Rebound therapy training.
Do you have any specialist staff?
School staff have a great deal of expertise in teaching students with a variety of conditions. We are also fortunate enough to have two teachers who hold the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment. We also have two teachers who are Specialist Leaders of Education.
Do you have any formal accreditations, charter marks or awards?
Head Teacher- National Leader in Education.
National Teaching School.
Kirklees Inclusion Quality Standard.
Basic Skills Quality Mark for Primary Schools.
Quality standards Mark in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance.
Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award.
How accessible is your environment?
Auditory and visual environment?
Disabled changing and toilet facilities, including changing places and adult facilities?
We offer a purpose built SEN setting with specialist resources to meet a variety of needs. Facilities include: Sensory Room, Rebound Room, Hydrotherapy Pool, Interactive Soft Play Room, Track Chair System, Sensory Garden……….
How do you communicate with those whose first language is not English or who use alternative communication methods other than the spoken word?
We use a Total Communication Strategy to meet the communication needs of our students and also employ two Bilingual Support Workers.
How will equipment and facilities to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities be secured?
A variety of funding streams can be identified depending on the equipment needed.
How will you prepare and support my child or young person to join the setting, school or college,
and how will you support them to move on the next stage of education, or move on to adult life?
What preparation will there be before my child or young person joins you?
Preparation may include some of the following: tour of the school, meeting with your class and class teacher, phased induction and multi-agency placement meetings dependant on needs and requirements.
How will they be prepared to move onto the next stage?
What information will be provided to their new setting, school or college?
How will you support a new setting, school or college to prepare for my child or young person?
Communication passports ensure that all student information is readily available to any new setting. Transition meetings also support the process.
After the Sixth Form our students move on to a variety of service providers and college. This process is completed in partnership with; parents, C & K Careers, The Transitions Team, The Learning Disability Team and service provider representatives to ensure a smooth post 19 transition.
How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child or young person will receive?
Describe the decision making process, who makes the decision and on what basis?
Decisions about support are driven by each child’s Statement and/or Education, Health and Care Plan. The statementing process will be completed prior to your child’s registration at Castle Hill School and will often be completed by Kirklees Special Educational Needs Assessment and Commissioning Team.
How will you judge if the support has had an impact?
Continual assessment ensures progress is mapped and built upon. This formation is shared with parents on an ongoing basis through home/school books, telephone conversations,parents group/parental visits, parents evening and through the school review process. Parental input is welcomed and encouraged.