From September 1st 2014 the new SEND Code of Practice came into effect.
The aim of the reforms is to join provision across education, health and care and now spans birth to 25. Intervention should be made at the earliest possible point in a young person’s life and they and their parents should be fully involved in decisions regarding their support and outcomes.
“Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff” – DfE 2014
Parent/Carer Information about Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND)
Who do I contact in regards to SEND in school?
Each school has a dedicated person who supports the teachers, children and parents of children with SEND. This person is called the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). For Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School, this is Mrs Robertson. If you wish to contact Mrs Robertson please call the school office or you can e-mail her on the following details:
Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School
School Office – 020 8205 3790
How do I know if my child has SEND?
All children are very different, all progress at different speeds and enjoy very different parts of the curriculum. If your child is in the early acquisition of English for example this is not a SEND concern, as with further interaction and exposure to the language this will begin to develop. If you are worried that your child is finding their homework consistently very challenging, interacting differently with other children/adults then you should speak to the class teacher teach initially about your concerns or Mrs Robertson the SENCo.
How does the school identify my child has SEND?
Each day< in every lesson, the teachers are assessing the children, through these assessments we are able highlight children that sometimes need a little more help than others to complete tasks. Termly assessments are also completed and discussed with the associate head looking for gaps in the children’s learning and identifying children who seem to be making less progress. Through these tools, as well as dialogue with you, we are able to identify children who we think may need a little more support in school.
What are the SEND categories of need?
There are four categories of SEND. One area with the new changes has seen its name changed but the others still remain changed. The four areas are:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Sensory and/or physical needs
What is the SEND register?
The SEND register is quite simply a confidential list available to the teaching staff. This shows the children who currently are receiving support from the school. This list allows us to track the progress of the children in one place ensuring we are doing everything we can in supporting your child. Once on the SEND register it doesn’t mean you child will always been there they can easily be taken off once the class teachers are happy they have made the required amount of progress through the support the school has put in place.
What is an EHCP?
EHCP stands for Education Health and Care Plan, this is what from 1st September 2014, will replace statements. These Plans have to be applied for by education or health and agreed by the local authority. They are for children who need a greater level of individual support. This then releases additional funding to the school for this particular child.
What is the schools offer?
The schools offer is what as a school we offer our children with SEND. Our offer is then combined with Brent to form what is called the local offer. Each school’s offer may be different as it our decision where we would like to spend our budget to best provide support for our children.
Are we a good school for SEND?
As can be seen in external data reports our SEND children progress well and achieve well also. We are a fully inclusive school which we are very proud of.
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