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Schools and Education for Children and young people aged 5 to 16 Years

Lambeth maintained schools are divided into primary schools for pupils aged 5 to 11 years, and secondary schools for pupils aged 11 -16 Years. Some secondary schools also take students from age 16 to 19.

Universal Education Provision in Lambeth is the teaching that all children and young people and their families can expect in Lambeth schools. The schools in Lambeth all strive to provide Quality First Teaching (QTF). QTF is lively, interactive, based on clear objectives and makes maximum use of a range of learning styles matched to the pupils.

All Lambeth maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with a Special Educational Need/s and or Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

The school will meet the needs of children with the following SEND:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, mental and emotional health
  • Sensory /physical

Detailed information about all the schools can be found on the Young Lambeth website.

On that site if you follow the links to the schools they will take you to that school’s own website where you will find full information about the provision they have for children and young people with SEND. Search by putting primary schools, secondary schools or special schools into the search box on the front page. Alternatively you can search for the schools by name on the internet.

If oyu wish to look at the school league tables for Lambeth please visit here.

Special Educational Needs are met in a full range of provision.

  • In all Mainstream schools with support from the school’s own resources.
  • In all Mainstream schools with support from the school’s own resources plus top-up funding.
  • In a Resource Base in a mainstream school
  • Specialist provision in another Local Authority Area mainstream school
  • Special school place in a Lambeth special school.
  • Day place in a special school in another authority.
  • Residential place in a special school or college outside Lambeth.

Targeted Support

Targeted support is available in every school for children and young people who are not making expected progress despite receiving high quality personalised teaching.

Teachers will identify when a child or young person is in need of targeted SEN Support and will liaise with the school Special Educational Needs Coordinator. At this point all schools will contact the parents or carers to fully engage them in planning how to meet the needs of the child or young person and an SEN Support Plan will be started.

Funding for targeted support for low-level special educational needs is given directly to schools who use this funding to support individual children and young people.

For any individual child or young person all mainstream schools will be expected to provide the first £6,000 funding for special educational needs support. If additional support is required, schools can apply to the London Borough of Lambeth for additional funding. This application is made through an Education, Health and Care Plan.

All Lambeth schools are publishing their offer to children and young people with SEND their own websites over the next few months. This will include the curriculum, teaching and pastoral support and the resources provided to support children and young people with SEND including the support form partners like Health and Social Care and other providers.

Specialist Support and Statutory assessment

A statutory assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan for a pupil living in Lambeth is undertaken when the London Borough of Lambeth believes that the pupil has a need or needs that will lead to the Council having to arrange specialist educational provision.

The majority of children and young people with an EHC Plan will have their specialist needs met within a mainstream school with additional SEND Support. A minority of children and young people will have their needs met in a special school.

In Lambeth we believe, where possible, our children and young people should be educated within their local community.

We have been working since 2012 to ensure we have the provision to match the needs of children in the borough. For a small minority of pupils whose needs cannot be met in the provision within Lambeth, places are found in specialist provision in other authorities or from private providers.

The SEND Team work with parents, children and young people, and special schools and settings to achieve the best placement for children and young people.

For a list of nurseries, schools and further education colleges that children with a special educational need attend please click on the downloadable link

Lambeth has five special schools downloadable link Lambeth special schools.

Please see below for our specialist schools brochure:

Specialist Schools Brochure - Part 1

Specialist Schools Brochure - Part 2

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Resource Base provision in Mainstream Schools

A Resource Base is a provision in a mainstream school that is resourced and staffed to support a number of children and young people who have a particular special need. They are designed for pupils, who can be expected to be able to be included in mainstream classes fro at least 50% of their time in school, and for many full inclusion is a realistic target in due course. Lambeth has a number of primary and secondary mainstream schools that host a Resource Base. Full details of these schools and the provisions can be found on the following link.

Special day and residential special schools in other Local Authorities

For a small minority of pupil’s whose needs cannot be met in the provision within Lambeth, places are found in special day, or residential, provision in other authorities or from private providers.

The SEND Team work with parents, children and young people, and special schools and settings to achieve the best placement for children and young people. To learn more about this team follow this link. SEND Team

For a full list of the approved institutions who have successfully completed the Section 41 (Children and Families Act 2014) application process please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/section-41-secretary-of-state-approved-list

Home to school travel and transport assistance

For large numbers of children, getting to school will be a reasonable and safe walking experience. There will, however, be a small number of children with profound and complex educational needs for whom the Council will need to make arrangements to provide transport or travel assistance to school.

You can find further information here Home to School travel and transport assistance.

If you wish to look at the school league tables for Lambeth please follow this link.

https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/schools-by-type?step=la&la=208