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SEND Local Offer

The Local Offer: How we support children with special educational needs 

In any life, adult or child, there may be times when extra help is needed. Some children come to Brooklands with additional needs that are already known. For others, it may become apparent during their time in the school, that some support may be beneficial – this need may be short-term or long-term, simple or complex. Sometimes the support can be provided from the school’s own resources (including high quality class teaching, small group work and one to one support) and programmes (for example we have ‘catch-up’ interventions for phonic skills and fine motor skills as well as programmes to support children to develop and nurture positive friendships), sometimes we recommend that one of our team of external health and education specialists (these include a Speech & Language Therapist, School Nurse, Educational Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Health Service Link-Worker) becomes involved and sometimes we might signpost a family to other services available locally  if there is support we are unable to provide.

If a child is found to have a need, however great or small, this can be an anxious time for a family. We would therefore like to emphasise that Brooklands is committed to the education and wellbeing of all its pupils. We are non-judgemental and aim, within the limits of our resources and premises, to be as inclusive as possible. Confidential information is kept confidential and we manage each case as sensitively as possible.

From our experience, we know that outcomes for children are generally best where there is early intervention and where school and families share information openly and work closely together. With this in mind, do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any concerns that you feel we might not be aware of.

The Local Offer

Every Greenwich maintained school must have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. This is set out in detail below, and is known as ‘The Local Offer’. These schools are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All school are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

Who should I talk to about my child's learning?

At Brooklands your child’s class teacher is always the first person to talk to about any difficulties your child may be facing, including anything to do with learning; Special Educational Needs and / or Disability.

All class teachers collect their children at the beginning of the day from either the class back door (Nursery – Year2) or the playground (Year 3 -6) As this is a busy time, we ask that you just pass quick messages to the teacher in order for them to get the children to class and begin learning. Each morning there are always members of staff on the door to greet children, you can speak to them or the office if you need to set up a meeting time to talk in more depth to your child’s teacher.

If you have further questions of wish to discuss a specific area of Special Educational Need or Disability then please speak to the Brooklands Inclusion Team. The team is led by Siobhan Adams (Head Teacher and Inclusion Leader). 

I know there are lots of people helping my child, but who is responsible for what?

 Class teachers are responsible for:

  • Planning appropriate work for your child and delivering additional support as required ( eg: intervention work, differentiated activities, additional resources)
  • Set learning targets for each child based upon individual outcomes in learning.
  • Ensuring that your child makes the best possible progress in their learning and to monitor and feedback this information to senior staff / inclusion team and at parent evenings and through the written annual school report.
  • Work with the Inclusion team to deliver any specific interventions or specific support such as personalised learning plans and regularly review the progress and achievement towards these targets.
  • Follow all school policies including the implementation of the schools SEND policy.

 Brooklands Inclusion Team are responsible for:

  • Organising, timetabling and monitoring support for children with Special Educational Needs and/ or disabilities (SEND)
  • Ensuring the SEND policy is applied throughout the school and that provision is the best we can possibly offer.
  • Keeping parents informed of any additional interventions or specific support your child receives
  • Involve parents in reviewing their child and keeping them informed about how they progressing
  • Update the SEND register and circulate to necessary staff
  • Assisting staff in identification of SEND pupils and making necessary observations and evidence gathering to dictate next steps to meet individual pupils needs.
  • Liaise, organise and oversee external agency support – such as SALT( Speech and Language Therapy) EP ( Educational Psychologists) etc.
  • Keep up-to date on latest developments regarding SEND
  • To assess training needs within the school and organise specialist support for SEND pupils as recommended by professionals
  • Monitor the progress of all SEND children and vulnerable group children to make sure they are making suitable progress in line with individualised Brooklands targets.

 The Head Teacher is responsible for:

  • The day to day management of the school; including the overview of provision given to SEND, LAC and Pupil Premium children
  • Meeting with parents to discuss any issues or concerns regarding their child’s SEND needs
  • Liaising with the Inclusion Support Officer to ensure provision offers best possible practice and use of resources as well as effective use of other professionals.
  • Delegating tasks encompassing SEND to the Inclusion team as deemed appropriate or necessary
  • Reporting back to the CEO of the Maritime Academy
  • Meeting with the SEND governor to keep the Brooklands Governing body up-to-date on progress, any areas of focus or need and any other related SEND issues.

 The Maritime Academy is responsible for:

  • The delegation of tasks to the Head Teacher including the resourcing and organisation of SEND.
  • Overseeing SEND in relation to the whole school picture and reporting this to the Academy Trust on a regular basis                                                               



How could my child get help in school?

Children in school will get support that is specific to their individual needs. This may be all provided by the class teacher or may involve:

  • Other staff in the school through additional class support, specific time limited interventions and sometimes small group or 1:1 work
  • Staff who will visit the school from the Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team 
  • Staff who visit from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service.

The Inclusion Team at Brooklands will inform all parents and carers if their child receives support in school that is in addition to curriculum provision. Please speak to Siobhan Adams (Headteacher) for more information or email us using the details below.

Inclusion Team Contact Details

(Interim) Siobhan Adams at 

Useful Links

Download our School Based Data/Information (2015-2016)

Greenwich Local Offer