Definition of SEND
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
‘has 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 or mainstream post-16 institutions.’
From: Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years July 2014
The four areas of SEND
▪ Cognition and learning
▪ Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
▪ Sensory and/or physical needs
How does Orchard know if children need extra help?
▪ Concerns are raised by parents/class teachers/school staff/child.
▪ Concerns are raised by external agencies eg. GP, school nurse, speech and language therapist etc.
▪ Limited progress is being made in accordance with age related expectations.
▪ There is a change in the pupil’s behaviour or progress.
▪ Information provided by previous settings eg. Pre-school/nursery.
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
If appropriate, the concern will then be shared with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs Lincoln. You may then be asked to attend further meetings to discuss and agree the next steps for your child.
How will school staff support my child?
▪ The class teacher will follow the procedures for assessing, planning, making provision to meet the needs of SEND and reviewing the impact of that provision.
▪ Additional support or targeted intervention may be required.
▪ Support may be given in a small group or individual support by a Teaching Assistant.
▪ Different teaching resources may be used or adaptations made to match the pupil’s needs.
▪ Additional support may take place in the classroom or in another area/room.
▪ Learning Support Assistants may provide targeted support following advice from external agencies.
▪ The SENCO will provide advice, monitor progress and maintain links with external agencies.
▪ The SENCO and Head meet to discuss provision needed for additional support.
▪ The School Governor for SEN oversees and monitors the quality of provision.