Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

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What are Special Educational Needs? In a broad sense Special Educational Needs are any needs experienced by a pupil that differ from those of the majority of a typical class
What is the SEN & D Local Offer? Read our SEN&D Local Offer Page
Can a child have Special Educational Needs in one area of the curriculum and not in others? Yes - this is very common
On that definition isn't every child a Special Educational Needs pupil? Every child is without doubt special.  Most of them, however, can be supported from the normal provision within the class and would not be deemed to have a Special Educational Need
What is a SENCO? This stands for Special Educational Needs Coordinator - it is sometimes referred to as SENDCO with the additional 'D' standing for disability
Who is the SENCO in the school? Our SENCO, with effect from 1st September 2017, is Mrs B. Hensman
Does the SENCO get dedicated time in which to fulfil the role? Yes - this is a complex role and Mrs Hensman has time set aside every week to ensure that it is completed thoroughly
What is the Special Educational Needs Register? This is a register of the pupils in the school with a specified Special Educational Need
What is an SSP? An SSP is an 'SEN Support Plan' and every child in our school on the Special Needs Register will be normally be given one of these and they are updated on a regular basis (these are not a statutory requirement and the terminology is not used in other schools)
How often is an SSP reviewed? Three times a year
Are parents involved in reviews and the setting of targets? In certain circumstances - plans are sent to the parents in draft and, at School Action Plus they are invited to an annual review
Can the school seek the support of other agencies Yes - for example:
The Educational Psychologist
Speech and Language Therapists
Health professionals
The Working Together Team
Are there useful websites to find out more about specific areas of Special Educational Needs? Yes - see the table below


Useful Websites:
Communicating Phonics From The Communication Trust: booklet  to support children with speech, language & communication needs.
Dyscalculia Information Website Advice and support.
Dyslexia Institute Advice and support.
Dyspraxia Foundation Advice and support.
I am Dyslexic An award winning website created by a 13 year old dyslexic boy.
Liaise / IASS (formerly Parent Partnership) Information, advice and support for children with SEND and their families.
NASEN National Association for Special Educational Needs.
National Autistic Society Advice and support.
Special Needs Kids Information on the products and services available to families and carers.