Bollin Primary School is committed to improving life chances, as well as meeting the needs of children
with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The purpose of this policy is to provide
information about the procedures, provision and support on offer for pupils with SEND and their families.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Inclusion Leader Miss Robinson if you need help or advice.
The term 'special educational needs' has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning
difficultiesor disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age.
It covers a wide range of needs - literacy, numeracy and other cognition, behavioural, social
and emotional, communication and interaction and physical/sensory skills, including visual
and hearing impairments.Many children will have special needs of some kind at some time
during their education.
The SEN Code of Practice states that children have a learning difficulty if they:
Some of the children who join us have already been in early education and their needs may have
already been assessed but in order to build upon their prior learning we ensure that all children are
assessed on entry to our school. This information is used to provide starting points for the development
of an appropriate curriculum for all of our children.
If, through our assessments, we conclude that a child is not making adequate progress and feel
that the child may have learning difficulties they will be provided with a level of support called
'School Action'. At this stage the child's class teacher will offer interventions and will keep parents
or carers informed and may request additional information from them. The Leader of Inclusive Education
(who acts as SENCO) may become involved if the teacher and parents/carers feel that the child requires
further support. The strategies used to enable a child to progress will be recorded in a Pupil profile,
showing the short term target, planned outcomes and review dates.
Sometimes the Pupil profile review indicates that an enhanced level of support is needed, called
'School Action Plus' where external support services advise teachers on new specialist strategies
and learning materials - parents/carers are consulted prior to any action taken and the extra support
is usually implemented within the child's normal classroom setting.
Following the implementation of a range of strategies over a reasonable period of time, if a child
continues to demonstrate significant cause for concern, a request for statutory assessment of
special educational needs will be made to the Local Education Authority and a range of written
evidence about the child will support the request.If successful,your child may receive additional support in school.