Special Educational Needs
The schools’ Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Miss Vikki Lack and the governor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is Mrs R Sulley, who can be contacted via the school office.
We do not discriminate against pupils with SEND and we do all that we can to meet the needs of a wide range of SEND pupils. These fall into 4 main categories:
- Communication, Speech and Language
- Cognition and Learning
- Emotional, Social and Mental Health
- Physical difficulties.
At our school all teachers are teachers of SEND pupils and the majority of our pupils have their needs met within the classroom setting. However, teachers consult the SENCo if they have additional concerns about any pupils and sometimes additional interventions may be put in place to support these children – this is SEN Support.
If further advice is needed then the SENCo may seek support from outside agencies. Northamptonshire County Council has a Local Offer which is available to schools and outlines the additional services that are available. Details can be found here www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/localoffer
Parents will be consulted at the earliest opportunity and we aim to work together with parents to ensure maximum progress. Pupils will be involved in planning and reviewing where it is deemed appropriate according to their age and level of understanding. Sometimes pupils may have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlining the specific targets that are being worked on. Progress is reviewed at least three times a year.
If children require further input, beyond the normal in school provision, then they may need an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) assessment. This is only carried out in circumstances when the needs of the pupil cannot be met following the other interventions provided. Sometimes members of staff may require additional training to help them meet the needs of SEND pupils. This may take place outside of school or as whole school training.
Funding for SEND is through delegated resources from the school budget although the school can apply for high needs funding in exceptional circumstances.
Our school Inclusion Policy sets out the way in which the school will address the needs of pupils with special educational needs. This inclusion policy forms part of Northamptonshire's 'Local Offer', further details of which can be found by clicking here.
The school's Inclusion Policy can be downloaded by clicking here
The school's SEND Information Report can be accessed by clicking
If parents or carers have any complaints regarding SEND then they should consult the class teacher in the first instance. If further information is required then the SENCo/Head teacher should be consulted. The SEND governor can also be contacted if necessary.