Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Barnard Grove Primary School, our priority is that each child experiences a loving, caring and stimulating environment in which they feel safe and secure, and where they can develop academically and socially.
We aim to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes that will help each child to reach their full potential and have high self-esteem. The Special Needs Policy supports the ethos of our school.
“A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.”
SEND Code of Practice 2014
The Government introduced a new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice, which came into force in June 2014. It was last updated on 30th April 2020 (https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398815/SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf).
Further links to SEND guides can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/special-educational-needs-disabilities
This Code of Practice is the product of extensive consultation, resulting in everyone working with children and young people with special educational needs and disability to secure for them the outcomes from education, health and social care which will make the biggest difference to their lives.
We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Together we will….
- Seek to identify the needs of pupils with SEN as early as possible. This is most effectively done by gathering information from parents, education, health and care services and early year’s settings prior to the child’s entry into the school.
- Monitor the progress of all pupils in order to aid the identification of pupils with SEN. The continuous monitoring of those pupils with SEN by their teachers will help to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential.
- Make appropriate provision to overcome all barriers to learning, and ensure pupils with SEN have full access to the National Curriculum. This will be coordinated by the SENCo and will be carefully monitored and regularly reviewed in order to ensure that individual targets are being met and all pupils’ needs are catered for.
- Work with parents to gain a better understanding of their child, involving them in all stages of their child’s education. This includes supporting them in terms of understanding SEN procedures and practices and providing regular feedback on their child’s progress. Parents will be invited to two parental consultations, plus an additional SEN annual review, throughout the year. This is in addition to their annual school report in July.
- Work with outside agencies when the school alone cannot meet pupils’ needs. Some of these services include Educational Psychology Service (EP), Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) and Children and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
- Create a school environment where pupils can contribute to their own learning. This means encouraging relationships with adults in school where pupils feel safe to voice their opinions of their own needs, and carefully monitoring the progress of all pupils at regular intervals.
SEND in Hartlepool – The Local Offer
Hartlepool’s Local Offer (https://www.hartlepoolnow.co.uk/local_offer) is in place to improve choice and transparency in order to enable families to make informed decisions and have greater control over services they wish to access. The Local Offer is designed to help families of children and young people with SEND make clear decisions about what they feel is right for their family in terms of services provided and personal budgets.
The Local Offer gives information to parents of children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities who are between the ages of 0-25 years and live in a single place. The local offer will also assist practitioners who work with families.