Our Local Offer


Our Local Offer

Please refer to our Glossary for further explanation of legal and educational abbreviations and vocabulary. If you would like to find out more information about your local offer please click here for the NDCS Factsheet.

What is the school local offer?

The Frank Barnes school local offer provides information, in one place on our website, about how we support deaf children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. Our Local Offer describes how we support the children on to the next stage of their education. Our SEN Policy explains in detail our daily provision.

Frank Barnes School works in partnership with Camden Local Authority (LA) and other schools in the area in order to share our resources and expertise. Camden LA’s local offer can be found at www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk

Their local offer sets out information about the specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support for families of children and young people with SEND. It explains procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which is replacing the SEN statement. You will also find information about:

Where to go for advice and guidance on SEN and Disability matters
Arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation.

Why do we have the school local offer?

The purpose of Frank Barnes School’s local offer is to inform parents and carers about:

  • How we welcome deaf children with special educational needs and disabilities;
  • How we support them in all aspects of school life and remove barriers to achievement;
  • How we work in close partnership with parents/carers and children;
  • How we make effective provision for all of our children with special educational needs and disabilities – SEND.
  • We will keep our local offer under review by asking parents and children what is working well and what they want to improve. The next review date for our school local offer is July 2016.

What kind of a school is Frank Barnes?

We are a small and friendly Camden primary school for deaf children within the 5-11 age range. We have a nursery for children aged 2-4. Frank Barnes has a national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for deaf education.

Our  2012 OFSTED report stated:

“Frank Barnes School is outstanding. The vast majority of pupils, including those with additional special needs, achieve outstandingly well. They make excellent progress in developing their communication skills, many of them using British Sign Language fluently and accurately. Progress in reading, writing and mathematics is excellent, from often low or very low starting points. Reading skills have improved recently because of the sharp focus on the teaching of visual phonics (matching letters and sounds through pictures, photographs and lip shapes). Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage also make excellent progress.”

Parents feel supported at Frank Barnes School and really trust the teachers to push their child to reach his/her full potential.

“Frank Barnes is a fantastic school where my child has developed very well educationally, socially and emotionally.” (Parent)

“Frank Barnes supports parents with their communication skills to enable children to continue to learn at home which is invaluable.” (Parent)

“Thank you so much for giving K…. such a lovely time at school. She appears to light up when I speak to her about school time! As we know, she enjoys being kept busy, but I also notice she particularly likes being given “little tasks of responsibility” such as distributing treats – I found this great way to teach her about “sharing”. Anyway, I do feel that K… has become more receptive to learning, previously such “impossible concepts” which gives me much to look forward to”. (Parent of 2 year old EYFS pupil)

External professionals enjoy working with our children at Frank Barnes School. They often comment on their confidence and happy nature.

“Your students are so impressive – open, creative, self assured and fearless. Their poetry, performances and drawings were truly remarkable, deeply evocative and moving… It was truly heartwarming – not only to see the process by which the children came up with intimate and original creations, but also how our language blossomed in a place where language and literature is revered.” (Free Word)

“Thank you very much for this script for the debate on deafness in the House of Commons. It is wonderful to read that Frank Barnes is referred to as a Centre of Excellence which can act as an example for other educational centres.” (Educational Psychologist, Camden)

Our vision

  • We want to provide a high quality education for all of our children through a bilingual learning environment.
  • We have high expectations of all of our children’s social, emotional and academic development.
  • We believe that effective communication, praise, celebration of success and quality teaching and learning will enable each child to reach their full potential.
  • We value and respect the parents/carers because they are the first educators of their child and we will always involve them in the planning and reviewing of their child’s progress.
  • We know that the earlier we provide support for children with SEND, the more successful they will be.
  • We will always strive to provide expert support and resources for children with SEND.
  • We aim to develop high levels of self-esteem and confidence in all of our children so they view themselves as successful, independent learners.
  • Throughout school life, all the children develop a positive Deaf identity which prepares them for secondary education and adulthood.
  • We welcome and respect all members of the school community and value everyone equally.
  • We aim to promote justice, fairness and equality in all areas of school life.

How we learn with and from other schools?

We are a learning community and believe it is important to work with other schools and organisations to make sure that our knowledge, expertise and skills on SEND are up to date. We also share and discuss what is considered to be best practice with other schools in teaching children with SEND, for example:

  • We offer visitors mornings for professionals to come in and observe good practice in deaf education including those with SEND;
  • Our Teaching Assistants (TAs) are given the opportunity to visit other schools to observe other TAs and discuss good practice on how to enhance the children’s learning individually or as a group;
  • We participate in inclusion projects with local schools, for instance, Gospel Oak, Highgate, Agar Grove and Westminster School;
  • The teachers are involved in moderation meetings with other deaf and special needs schools to discuss and agree different levels for the children’s work;
  • Our SENCO attends the Local Authority SENCO forum which keeps all schools up to date with national developments and local projects on inclusion.

Communicating the local offer

If you wish to find out more information about SEN, we will arrange for the SENCO or Headteacher to meet you and answer your questions: please let us know if you require an interpreter. We have an in-house BSL interpreter for deaf parents and teachers.

Frank Barnes School Local Offer links to the information which Camden LA provides for parents and carers of children with SEND. Please visit their website: www.localoffer.camden.gov.uk.

Who do you contact for more information?

We have two Assistant Headteachers:

If you are unsure of who to contact regarding an issue or request, please email the office and they will direct your email to the correct person. You can contact the office on admin@fbarnes.camden.sch.uk

Alternatively you can contact us by:

Phone: 020 7391 7040
Fax: 020 7391 7048
Text: 07970 626197


1. Effective Leadership, Management and Governance
2. Developing the skill and expertise of staff
3. The contribution of specialist services
4. Identification, assessment and planning – children with SEND
5. Reviewing children’s progress
6. Inclusive teaching and effective support
7. Ensuring access to the curriculum
8. Providing accessible classrooms and special resources
9. Working in Partnership with parents and carers
10. Listening to Children and Young People
11. Managing transitions – joining and leaving our school
12. Providing support for safety, personal well-being, attendance and health


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