Our Local Offer - How do we identify and assess children with SEN?
DEFINITION OF SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
A child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty, which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
- Have a disability, which 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 area of the local authority.
Children’s needs and requirements may fall into at least one of four areas, though many children will have inter-related needs. All areas of need will have a varying degree of impact upon the child’s ability to function, learn and succeed.
The areas of need are:
Communication and Interaction Difficulties
Children may have speech and language delay, impairments or disorders, specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing impairments or autistic spectrum disorder.
Cognition and Learning Difficulties
Children may demonstrate features of moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties; specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia and require specific programmes to aid progression in cognition and learning. Such requirements may also apply to some extent to children with physical and sensory impairments and autistic spectrum disorder.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Children may be withdrawn or isolated, disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration, present with immature social skills and/or present challenging behaviours.
Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
Children may have profound and permanent deafness or visual impairment or lesser, or temporary levels of loss. They may have physical impairments arising from physical, neurological or metabolic causes requiring access to specific facilities or equipment. Their difficulties may cause them emotional stress or physical fatigue.
Children experiencing difficulties in any one or a combination of these areas may be entered on either the school’s Medical Register or SEN List or both. Children whose difficulties are solely due to the home language differing from the language in which s/he is taught are not identified as having SEN.
A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be having problems with reading, number work or behaviour, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
Pastoral Medical and Social Support
At New Brancepeth Primary school we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met.
Staff undergo relevant training to ensure quality support is provided for the various differing needs that occur. Our Outreach Nursery staff are particularly experienced and skilled in providing a range of support for Nursery children in the surrounding area, with a wide range of special needs.
How we consult with our SEN pupils
Ensuring that all children attending New Brancepeth Primary School receive provision that maximises their enjoyment and achievement is central to all we offer.
Consultation with families is key to securing success in this area.
Please see key documents below which may be helpful:
- SEND policy
- Guidance for Parents
- Accessibility Plan (subject to revision annually)
- Equality information and objectives