A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
Our special educational needs and disability (SEND) information report answers the following questions:
- Does my child have a special educational need?
- What kinds of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported, in our school?
- How do the school identify pupils with SEND?
- How are their needs assessed?
- How does the school consult parents of children with SEND and involve them in their education?
- How are young people with SEND involved in their education?
- What arrangements are there for supporting pupils moving between phases of education?
- How do we teach children with SEND?
- How are adaptations made to the curriculum and the learning environment of pupils with SEND?
- How are pupils with SEND enabled to engage in activities?
- How are our staff trained to support children with SEND?
- How and which expertise is used to support children with SEND?
- How will equipment and facilities to support children with SEND be secured?
- How is the effectiveness of the provision evaluated?
- What support is available for improving emotional and social development?
- How does the school involve outside agencies in meeting pupils’ SEND and supporting their families?
- What are the arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the provision made at the school?
- Who else can I contact for support?
Miss Vicky Tant is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo), she can be contacted through the school office.
The role of the SENDCo is to support all staff in following the school's SEND code of practice. This may involve identifying, assessing and planning for needs and developing support programmes to meet those needs and break down any barriers to learning.
If you have a concern, always speak to the class teacher first.
Safeguarding and Children with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities
Our Trust recognises that pupils with special educational needs and / or disabilities can face additional safeguarding challenges. Additional barriers can exist when recognising abuse and neglect in this group of children. These can include:
- assumptions that indicators of possible abuse such as behaviour, mood and injury relate to the child’s disability without further exploration;
- being more prone to peer group isolation than other children;
- the potential for children with SEN and disabilities being disproportionally impacted by behaviours such as bullying, without outwardly showing any signs; and
- communication barriers and difficulties in overcoming these barriers.
In order to address these additional challenges extra pastoral support is offered for pupils with SEN and disabilities where required.
Further information of local support can be found at: https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/send/local-offer/Pages/default.aspx