Definitions of special educational needs (SEND) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
- have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils 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 pupils of the same age in mainstream schools
This policy is designed to ensure that:
- Pupils with SEND have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that maximises the life chances of all
- The needs of all pupils are rapidly identified through observation and assessment
- All pupils are encouraged to learn through a range of enjoyable and stimulating experiences
- All pupils learn to develop independent learning skills so that they will be equipped to deal with life after school
- All pupils are encouraged to see education as a life-long process
- All teachers are teachers of SEND pupils
- Wherever possible, all children are taught in their own class group, and that withdrawal is kept to a minimum
- Resources are allocated flexibly to target and support the students with SEND
- Appropriate training and support are provided for all staff in relation to their responsibilities for meeting the needs of students with SEND
- Effective ways are found to inform and consult with all parents about SEND in school; and to support those parents whose children have SEND
- There are effective lines of communication between all involved: children, staff, parents, governors and other agencies.