Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
What does special educational needs mean?
The school follows the national government requirements of the SEND Code of Practice 2015. A child has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
A child of compulsory school age has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
- have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools
Who to talk to first:
Always speak to your child’s teacher first if you have concerns about your child’s learning or development. They will let you know what they are doing to address your child’s needs.
Teachers monitor and assess children’s progress regularly and will inform you if they have concerns about your child’s progress and what they will do to address this.
What happens next:
If your child does not make progress, despite well-targeted teaching, the teacher may need to do more detailed assessment and put in place an intervention or more specific strategies which will be reviewed during the following term. The teacher will assess the progress and adjust provision accordingly.
On the second review, if your child still has not made the expected progress, the teacher will work with the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) to establish whether your child has special educational needs, which may involve referral to outside agencies for more specialised assessment. The school will begin the One-Planning process, which is a person-centred approach to SEND support.
If your child has already seen a Paediatrician or Therapist who has identified that your child has special educational needs, please let the school SENCO know and we will work with you to put the right support in place.
Further information about SEND is on the school’s website.
We welcome all children and adults to our school and will do our best to provide the highest quality provision possible in a mainstream school.
See website for details of School Offer.
The school is built on one level in KS1 and has two story blocks in KS2.
Mrs Celina Walsham,
SENCo & Inclusion Manager
SEND Planning, Teaching and Assessment
At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).
For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide.
If a teacher notices a pupil experiencing difficulties with their learning they will seek guidance from the school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). Advice will be given, which may include alternate strategies to support the pupils learning. Both class teacher and SENDCo will hold a meeting with parents to discuss next steps which could include:
- Advise parents to make an appointment to see the GP
- Referral to the Speech and Language Therapist service
- Referral to the Specialist Teacher Team
- Referral to Educational Psychologist service
- Referral to EWMHS (Emotional Welfare and Mental Health Services)
When a child is placed on the Special Educational Needs register, consultation with parents will continue through:
- Parent consultation day.
- One Plan meetings at least twice a year, working alongside pupils, parents and sometimes specialist agencies to set specific targets that work towards achieving a long-term goal.
- For pupils with a Statement/ Education Health Care plan (EHC Plan) Annual Review meetings.
SENDIASS is an independent service to advise and support parents of children with SEND.
They can advise and give support on:
- listening to your concerns and explaining what options
- explaining how education settings can support children and
young people with special educational needs/a disability
- giving you information about what the law is and what your
choices are, to help you make your own decisions.
- supporting you where required at meetings and helping you
to get your views across
- finding voluntary groups and other agencies that can also
support you, with the help of the Essex Local Offer
- guiding you through the Education, Health and Care Needs
- supporting you in discussions with education settings and
the local authority where a child or young person is at risk of
exclusion or has been excluded
- advise you on processes for resolving disagreements,
appeals processes and means of redress
- consulting parents, children and young people and ensuring
your views influence the development of local policy
and practice for children and young people with special
educational needs/a disability.
To go to the SENDIASS website click here.
Home Learning Offer for Children with SEND
- Differentiated and personalised home learning, provided by the class teacher, where required.
- Regular contact between school, parents and children.
- Continuation of the One-planning process with adaptations for home learning.