Local Offer

Offer for children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disability

How does the setting know if a child/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs and/or disability?

  • Our SENCO at Cardinal Heenan attends a Transition Meeting during the Summer Term where your child’s primary school will share important information.
  • If your child has been identified as having additional needs this is discussed in detail and assessments and Pupil Profiles are shared so that we can plan future provision successfully.
  • When your child joins our school an initial baseline assessment of reading, writing, spelling and numeracy will be carried out so relevant support can be targeted where needed and monitored closely.
  • If your child has no additional needs initially but they are identified as not making adequate progress then interventions will be put in place to ensure that barriers are broken down and maximum progress can be made.
  • If you have concerns regarding your child’s learning and development you should share and discuss these concerns with the SENCO as soon as possible so that barriers can be identified and addressed and so that provisions of support can be put in place.
  • For young people who join us in the Sixth Form there will be an admissions meeting with Head of Sixth Form or a member of the Sixth Form team who will collate relevant information bout additional needs and access arrangements. This will be shared with the SENCO.

How will staff at this setting support my child/young person?

  • The SEN Policy document names all the key members of staff and their roles including the nominated governor for the school. 
  • The SENCO aims to support and provide Continual Professional Development for all staff employed in the school. 
  • An Individual Pupil Profile will be created by the SENCO along with your child/young person indicating areas of strength, areas of need and support strategies. 
  • Interventions will be in place for your child/young person to support identified areas of need.
  • If your child/young person is not making expected progress whilst attending Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School/Sixth Form we will observe them; we will assess their understanding of what we are doing in school and use tests to identify any difficulties and discuss this with you. If your child has complex needs we may also refer to outside agencies and seek external professional advice for further assessment.
  • If your child/young person’s needs remain so substantial after exhausting all provision offered by our school/Sixth Form or external agencies, our SENCO can complete the referral process for a statutory assessment.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child/young person’s needs?

  • The SEND Policy outlines that equality of opportunity is an integral part of planning educational provision for all children. 
  • Teaching strategies will be responsive to different learning styles and identified needs. 
  • In some curriculum areas children/young people will be placed in bands which suit their ability range and needs so that maximum progress can be attained.   This area can be discussed with our SENCO and other relevant team members if you feel your child needs targeted support in a particular area of the curriculum or school life.
  • All teaching staff are observed regularly by heads of department and the Headteacher.
  • Heads of Department and Senior Leadership regularly look at student work to ensure the work offers an appropriate level of challenge for your child.
  • Our pastoral team has regular contact with parents and in particular if there is a problem that needs immediate attention.
  • After meeting the criteria for admission to Sixth Form, any additional curriculum needs will be discussed to ensure they can be met via available courses.

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

  • The school has a large team of professionals who support the pastoral side of school life.  This team consists of the Form Tutor, SENCO, the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Heads of Year, Head of Sixth Form, Progress Leaders, Key Stage Co-ordinators, Deputy Head (Pastoral), Careers Advisor, Inclusion Officer, School Nurse, Safer School Police Officer, Student Support Worker and Counsellor/Therapist.
  • If your child/young person has a medical condition they will have a medical needs assessment prior to starting secondary school or Sixth Form, where you and health care providers will contribute to a Health Care Plan that will be monitored and followed in school.  
  • Lunch time clubs are offered for those children who have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
  • There are opportunities for you to discuss any concerns about your child/young person throughout the year on Parents Evening and Review Days. You can contact members of our pastoral team or our SENCO via the main school telephone number at any time.  
  • Your child/young person will be encouraged to contribute their views by completing questionnaires at key times throughout the academic year on a range of school issues. Your child/young person will also be encouraged to offer ideas or take part in the student council.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

In school and Sixth Form, the SENCO liaises with teaching staff and support workers regularly in order to monitor the progress and well-being of all children throughout their stages of development. If your child requires further intervention than the setting can provide then the SENCO will access external agencies and services. These services are:

  • The Educational Psychology Service if an assessment is required
  • Seniss Specialist Teachers for Specific Learning Difficulties
  • SEN and Early Intervention Team to support families in need of additional support
  • Supporting Families/School Family Support Service
  • ADHD Foundation to support families and children with a diagnosis of ADHD.
  • ASD Pathway for assessing children with possible ASD
  • YPAS to provide support, counselling and anger management session
  • School Counsellor to provide 1-1 counselling support
  • CAMHS to support children’s mental health needs
  • OUTREACH Services such as Clifford Holroyde for learning, behaviour and physical disability
  • Liverpool Dyslexia centre
  • Looked After Children Education Service
  • Third Sector agencies such as Barnardo’s and Addaction

What training do staff supporting children and young people with SEND have?

  • The setting monitors its training needs closely and regularly plans CPD/INSET accordingly.
  • The SEND Audit identifies areas of need.
  • The SENCO works collaboratively with staff to develop their understanding of all areas of SEN. 
  • If your child has a medical condition then we will work with you and Health professionals in order to produce a suitable care plan that all staff will have access to and knowledge of. 
  • All staff within the setting have regular Safeguarding and Child Protection training and must complete a recognised certification.
  • First aid training is monitored and updated when necessary. 
  • All our learning support assistants are trained to meet a variety of SEND needs and this is updated on a regular basis.
  • Teaching staff have ongoing training to meet pupil needs.
  • Our SENCO keeps up to date by attending regular training sessions provided by the Local Authority (LA).

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including educational visits?

  • Full participation in the curriculum and extra curricula activities is expected for all pupils where possible including Sixth Form.  Where there are barriers, we will work collaboratively with you and your child to find solutions. 
  • For some pupils with additional needs or medical conditions, a full risk assessment may be carried out with you and your child to ensure all aspects of health and safety are covered before a planned trip or activity.

How accessible is the setting?

  • The main school building is on three floors with the second and third floor being accessible by lift. There is a private room for children/young people who require medication which is supervised at all times throughout the day. Disabled changing rooms and toilet facilities are available.
  • The Sixth Form Centre has lift access to all upper floors. Disabled toilet facilities are on all levels with the canteen on the ground floor. The Sixth Form office is located on the third floor and is a designated first aid area.
  • Risk Assessments are carried out for all young people who have a disability or medical need. The main part of the school building including the Sixth Form is Disability Discrimination Act compliant.
  • If your child has sensory difficulties the school will seek advice from the Sensory Services on how we can best meet the needs of your child.

How will the setting support my child/young person to join the school/Sixth Form and how will the setting support my child/young person in transferring to the next stage of education?

  • Our setting works closely with feeder Primary schools and families during the transition stage to ensure a smooth and stress free transition. 
  • We have many taster days throughout the year where your child’s primary school will be invited to experience ‘a day in the life’ at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. 
  • Liverpool City Council provides a forum where your child’s needs can be discussed confidentially with our SENCO so that provision can be planned effectively in preparation for the new academic year. 
  • We hold a Common Transfer Day every year in July where all new children can visit the school and meet their form tutors and peers and parents can receive information and guidance regarding uniform, free school meals, pastoral support, medical concerns, SEND support or any other issues that you feel you need to discuss. 
  • Cardinal Heenan offers a free Summer School during the summer holidays to all new starters which is a fantastic opportunity for your child to have fun in their new educational setting and meet staff and peers.  This has proven to be successful in narrowing the attainment gaps which can sometimes occur between phases of transition. 
  • A Parent Review Evening is held in the autumn term so that you can meet with your child’s form tutor to discuss how well your child is settling in or any concerns you may have.
  • Young people who transfer to Sixth Form from Cardinal Heenan will receive careers guidance in Year 11. Young people who are from alternative settings will be supported by their form tutor/Head of Sixth Form during transition.
  • Sixth Formers receive careers guidance throughout Y12/13 to support them with the transition to further education, training or the next stage of their development.

How are the school and Sixth Form resources allocated and matched to a young person’s special educational needs?

  • SEN funding is based on prior attainment and allocated so that it will have a positive impact on progress and outcomes. 
  • Sixth Formers can access a means tested bursary to support their progress. This can be applied for through the school/Sixth Form website.
  • Teaching Assistants are deployed by the SENCO to support those young people with identified needs.  Individual Pupil Profiles will indicate possible support strategies and interventions that staff could adopt to maximise progress.
  • The SEN Department has an Extraction Team who supports young people in developing their literacy, numeracy and social skills.
  • Where possible, we try to accommodate students in classes appropriate to their needs. There are 10 classes within each year group and these are set on ability.   

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person receives?

  • The SENCO, Heads of Department and Heads of Year use regular data to monitor and track the progress of our young people.  If a young person is not making expected levels of progress then interventions and provision will be discussed in collaboration with you and your son/young person.  Additional support will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it is having a positive effect on progress.
  • Individual Pupil Profiles will provide support strategies and outcomes in order to ensure progress is made.  If your child continues to make little or no progress then the SENCO will review this with you and together we will collaborate with external agencies for further support and guidance.

How does the setting involve parents or carers?

  • Parents are invited to seek election as parent governors and to join the Parents Teachers Association (PTA). 
  • Parents are invited to attend Open Evenings prior to making a decision regarding their child’s secondary education.
  • Parents and young people are invited to attend our Sixth Form information evenings.
  • Personal visits are encouraged which will allow you to ask our SENCO how the school can support your child’s needs so that you can make an informed decision. 
  • Any further transitional meetings can be arranged to ensure a smooth and successful transition. 
  • At any point, you can contact the setting if you have concerns or worries.  Appointments with the relevant staff can then be arranged as soon as possible.
  • You will be invited to Parent Review Days to discuss progress and any pastoral issues with class teachers, form tutors/support workers, Pastoral staff and any SEN/medical issues with the SENCO.
  • If there are any concerns, contact will be made with you so that these can be discussed and solutions can be found. 
  • If the young person has a Statement of Educational Needs/Education and Health Care Plan then you will be invited to attend Annual Review Meetings in school so that provision can be reviewed and updated as needed with the Local Authority.

Who can I contact for further information?

Please contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School by telephone on: 0151 235 1430 for any further information.  Our Office Staff will direct you to the appropriate member of staff.

Key Staff

SENCO: Laura Murray

Leadership link (Deputy Headteacher): Jo Leech

School governor (SEN): Brenda Owens

The Local Offer can be found on the liverpool.gov.uk website as part of the Family Services Directory.