(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
(Please note, that Heather Wright has taken SENDCo over from Sue Anderson in the Summer term of 2021)
Mrs Heather Wright is our school SENCO. For any SEND queries please use the email address provided below or call the school office.
Contact by phone on: 01594 562407
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SEND Governor is Mrs Jemma Halford.
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How we identify pupils with SEND
Through assessments and monitoring a pupil is quickly identified where they are not making expected progress in their learning or are presenting with other barriers to their learning.
You may also find the Gloucestershire County Council’s SEND page useful for further information about the Gloucestershire SEND graduated pathway (including applying for an EHC plan), transport assistance and links to specialist services, including the SENDIASS Information, Advice and Support service, at:
- Staff discuss their concerns with the Headteacher.
- SEND Consultant meets with staff and Headteacher and identifies whether the pupil meets the criteria for being placed on the SEND Register.
- The Local Authority’s Guidance Book, for identifying pupils with SEN, is referred to.
- The need and category of need is identified.
- Reasonable adjustments and additional targeted interventions are discussed and agreed to meet the pupil’s needs.
- An individual pupil My Plan is set up to include Outcomes and Provision to meet the Needs.
- The parent is invited to a meeting with the teacher to discuss their child special educational needs and the provision the school will put in place to meet those needs. (These meeting may be conducted over the phone due to COVID 19 regulations)
- The My Plan is reviewed in a timely manner.
The Children’s Act 2014
The Legislation and Code of Practice together seek a wholesale cultural change towards a person-centred, outcome-focused and future focused planning for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Some specific changes are:
- The Code of Practice 2014 covers the 0-25 years age range.
- There is a clearer focus on the views of children and young people and their role in decision making
- It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health services and social care.
- School Action and School Action + will be replaced with one new category called ‘SEN Support’ across all phases of education.
- For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs).
At Parkend Primary School all class teachers are responsible for providing a curriculum that is suitable for all pupils in our mixed age classes, including those with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) with support from the SENCo.
We have high expectations for all pupils and are committed to ensuring our curriculum complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
Our inclusion statement emphasises the importance of providing an inclusive learning environment for all pupils including those with SEND. Additional information on this can be found on our Equality section of the website and on the SEND page.
Our equality objectives are:
- To promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through all appropriate curricular and extra-curricular opportunities. We aim to meet this objective with particular reference to issues of equality.
- To reduce prejudice and increase understanding of equality through direct teaching across the curriculum.
- To move beyond deterministic notions of fixed ability and to model teaching and learning behaviours that avoid labelling.
- To narrow the gap between less able learners and the rest of the children.
- To eradicate prejudice in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010.
- To tackle prejudice and promote understanding in relation to people with disabilities