The aims of our special educational need and disability policy and practice at St John’s CE (VC) First School are:
•To make reasonable adjustments for those with a disability by ensuring increased access to the curriculum, the environment and to printed information.
•To ensure that children and young people with SEND engage in the activities of the school alongside pupils who do not have SEND
•To reduce barriers to progress by embedding the principles in the National Curriculum Inclusion statement https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
•To use our best endeavours to secure special educational provision for pupils for whom this is required, that is “additional to and different from” that provided within the differentiated curriculum to better respond to the four areas of need:
1.Communication and interaction
2.Cognition and learning
3.Social, mental and emotional health
•To request, monitor and respond to parent/carers’ and students’ views in order to evidence high levels of confidence and partnership
•To ensure a high level of staff expertise to meet pupil need, through well-targeted continuing professional development.
•To support pupils with medical conditions full inclusion in all school activities by ensuring consultation with health and social care professionals
•To work in cooperative and productive partnership with the Local Authority and other outside agencies, to ensure there is a multi-professional approach to meeting the needs of all vulnerable learners.
Definition of special educational needs.
“A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England…. Health care provision or social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision.” (Code of Practice 2014 )