Definition of Special Educational Needs
Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have learning difficulties if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
- Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the LA
- Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them
Children are not regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
Many children will have special educational needs of some kind at some time during their education. The majority of these will be overcome although a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.
As a school we aim to fulfil the principles of the Code of Practice:
- All children with special educational needs should have their needs met
- The special educational needs of children will normally be met in mainstream schools
- The views of the child should be sought and taken into account where ever possible
- Parents have a vital role in supporting their child’s education and their views should be taken into account
- Children with special educational needs should have a broad, balanced and relevant education
The school’s policy details how this school will do its best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and that those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach them. We identify children with special educational needs as early as possible. We work closely with parents and recognise that partnership with parents can help to identify and recognise underlying causes for the child’s behaviour or needs. The named person responsible for the co-ordination of SEND provision is Mrs Woolley.