Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Special Educational Needs Policy (full policy here)

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At Sir Alexander Fleming we follow the guidelines set out in the 2014 Code for Special Educational Needs: for 0 to 25 years. The key elements of the statutory framework in Part 3 of the Children and Families Bill reflect the principles below:

  • Involving children, parents and young people in decision making.

  • Identifying children and young people’s needs.

  • Greater choice and control for parents and young people over their support.

  • Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support.

  • High quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.

  • Supporting successful preparation for adulthood.

     

    Definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

    In accordance with the Code of Practice, we believe that children have a Special Educational Need or Disability if they:

    “Have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.”

    A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age,

  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

     

    Children with SEND are classified into 4 broad areas of need. There are:

    ◦ Communication and interaction (CI)

    ◦ Cognition and learning (CL)

    ◦ Social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH)

    ◦ Sensory and/or physical (SP)

     

    We ensure that children in our care are not regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because of their home language is different from the language in which they will be taught. In keeping with Equal Opportunities guidance we ensure that children are not disadvantaged for any reason, because of their race, gender, nature of need or socio-economic background.

    (Please refer to Equal Opportunities, Gender Equality and Race Equality policy for further information).