Like most schools, we have a number of pupils who have some additional needs. That means they may need a little more help and support from us. The support we provide to these pupils is coordinated by Mrs Nuttall. She liaises with a range of agencies such as Speech & Language Therapy Services, Occupational Therapy and the Community Paediatrician. We do our best to provide work that meets the needs of each child, but sometimes we see that, despite our best efforts, they are not making the progress we anticipate. When the school has concerns about the progress a pupil is making, we will often seek further advice from our Educational Psychologist. The governor who has responsibility for special educational needs is Sarita Arif.
New legislation (The Children and Families Act 2014) enacted on the 13th March came into force from the 1st September 2014. A new SEN Code of Practice accompanied this legislation.
Details about the reforms and the SEN Code of Practice can be found on the Department for Education’s website: www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/sen
One significant change arising from the reforms is that Statements of Special Educational Needs, for those children with the most complex needs, have now been replaced with a new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. These plans are being supported by an Education, Health and Care Plan Pathway.
The SEND Local Offer is a resource which is designed to support children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families. It describes the services and provision that are available both to those families in Lancashire that have an Education, Health and Care Plan and those who do not have a plan, but still experience some form of special educational need. The SEND Local Offer includes information about public services across education, health and social care, as well as those provided by the private, voluntary and community sectors. The Local Offer can be accessed on the website:
If a child that you know is experiencing difficulties, you may find some helpful information through the following links: