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Off rolling

Toward the end of the autumn term 2019, the Falmouth Multi-Academy Trust Board commissioned an external review into the past off-rolling issues at Falmouth School.  This followed criticism in the recent OFSTED inspection that judged the school as having serious weaknesses.  The Trust Board are keen to ensure that lessons have been learnt and that this kind of thing will not happen again.

The review was undertaken by an external expert, Kim Lloyd, who spent four days in school talking to staff and parents/carers.  We have now received her final report and have accepted all of the recommendations it contains.  Our Trust is keen to learn from past leadership decisions which failed to support students well.  We want to ensure that robust systems and procedures are in place to avoid the same mistakes being made again in the future.

The recommendations contained within the report are below:

  • Review all policies, including the school’s Medical Policy, ensuring the Medical Policy has regard to responsibilities set out in:

Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions (DfE, Dec 2015)

Ensuring a good education for children who cannot attend school because of health needs (DfE, Jan 2013)

  • All policies (Equality, Behaviour and Welfare, Attendance, Medical) should refer to and demonstrate a clear understanding of SEND and if appropriate the ‘reasonable adjustments’ the school can make
  • The SEN Information Report should be written in collaboration with parents/carers and students – best practice would be co-production with parents/carers and published on the school’s website
  • As the SEND review is not scheduled until the end of the spring term it is important that the leadership team and Trustees understand their key responsibilities. Chapter 6 of The SEND Code of Practice (18 pages) sets out what schools ‘should’ and ‘must’ do.
  • The school should ensure there are clear protocols for all meetings with parents/carers, including for those when the young person has an identified SEND.  Meetings should have minuted agreed actions with an agreed review date.
  • Working closely with families, external agencies and the Local Authority, reduce the numbers of students who leave the school to be Electively Home Educated (EHE).

For further information please contact our Interim CEO, Mark Lees.

 

Posted on: 5/02/20

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