SEN Educational Needs (SEN)
Every child is of equal importance and unique in their own way. Blakehill Primary School is committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure that all children achieve their potential, regardless of their physical ability or educational needs.
All teachers at Blakehill Primary School are teachers of SEN who successfully provide for the diverse needs of pupils through good differentiated teaching. Children may require ‘additional’ or ‘different’ provision and the quality of their provision is relevant and matched to their individual needs.
If your child is on the SEN register, it means that they have a special educational need. A special educational need is defined by the 2014 code of practice as; a learning difficulty or disability which calls for a special educational provision to be made
The different needs in school may include;
• Communication and interaction needs; this includes children who have speech language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
• Cognition and Learning needs; this includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
• Sensory and/or Physical needs; this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) are Mrs J Pinder and Mrs R Gould. Both Mrs Pinder and Mrs Gould work closely with the Local Authority and attend termly SENCO meetings so that they are up to date with any new initiatives and can share these with relevant members of staff.
At different times children may require different levels of support.
To promote inclusion in the broadest sense
To ensure that all children’s needs are met through the culture, agreed practices and procedures, management and deployment of resources in school.
To facilitate early identification, assessment and provision for all pupils with special educational needs
To ensure that all pupils are in receipt of a broad and balanced curriculum which is well differentiated through a multi-disciplinary approach to match ability.
To ensure the wishes of the child are considered in light of their age and understanding alongside the views of individual parents
To ensure that professionals and parents are encouraged to work in partnership.
The Local Authority must publish a Local Offer which provides clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available to children with SEN and their parents. Blakehill have also completed a 'School Local Offer' (see below).
Admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or Disabilities can be found in the Local Authority Admissions document - see below.
Our school aims to ensure that every child has full access to the curriculum and school building, irrespective of their disability, and we endeavour to ensure that this is put into practice.
Our building includes wheelchair access ramps to all outside areas. We offer the following facilities for children with disabilities:-
- Disabled toilet with safety bars and ‘grab rails’
- Allocated disabled parking space
- 1 electric wheelchair lift
- A hearing loop in the hall and in several classrooms
- Sound field System
- Adjustment to landing areas and rails on steps
We continually review the provision provided for our pupils and should the need arise, we have access to the support, resources and expertise of a variety of specialist agencies.
These services have been widely utilised in previous years to ensure that our previous pupils with disabilities have successfully completed their education at Blakehill Primary School
We encourage any parent who has questions or concerns regarding their child to contact Mrs Pinder, Mrs Gould or the class teacher or refer to our Schools' Complaints Policy & Procedures.