Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
At Barlow Primary School, it is important that all our learners achieve their highest potential and it is our job, as education professionals, to determine how we can deliver on this. We recognise that some children may need bespoke, individual provision, which may include small group interventions and at time one to one support.
Children who have a Special Educational Need or Disability
There are 4 areas of need according to the DfE 2014 SEN Code of Practice:
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental and Emotional health
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Children who have a Special Educational needs may present as having one or more of the above areas of need as outlined by the Code of Practice, available here.
The DfE have published guidance for the support system in place for parents of children with SEND and it is available here.
Children are assessed regularly to ensure that they are making the expected progress. Some children may need extra help and support and the class teacher will ensure that this provision is put in place. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then our staff will invite parents into school to discuss how we can work in partnership to help the child.
Provision and resources
Lessons are differentiated for all learners, including those with SEND, in order for them to access the learning at their level and make progress. The school has access to a wide range of professionals and outside agencies that we can contact for further support and advice. If we feel that outside agency input would benefit your child then we will have a meeting in school to discuss this with you.
These could include:
- Healthy Child Team (previously School nurse)
- Health Visitors
- Speech and language therapists
- Educational Psychologists
- Specialist advice and support from outreach services
- Social, Emotional and Mental health support
- Communication and Interaction difficulties
- Physical and personal care support
- Specialist support for hearing and visually impaired children
- Specific learning difficulties including dyslexia support
Individual Education Programme (IEPs)
Mrs Lindley, Senior Teacher at our federated school partner, is the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) and she will be an additional point of contact, after your child's class teacher. Until she completes her SENCo training, she is shadowing Mrs MacDonald, the Headteacher, who previously undertook the role. If your child has specific SEND provision, an Individual Education Programme will be prepared for your child. This states the targets we will be working on with your child over the next term. It also outlines the provision they receive in school to help them make progress.
We require parents/carers to sign and return the IEP to their child's class teacher. It will then be copied and returned back to you so we both have a copy. If you are unsure of what something means within the IEP please speak to your child's class teacher, they will be more than happy to go through the IEP with you.
Our SEND information report and policy:
North Yorkshire County Council have published their local offer for children and families from 0-25. This outlines what is available for children and young people with SEND in our Local Authority.
All schools are required to provide information to parents on how to seek additional support beyond that which is ‘normally available’ for their child.
The main aim of the local offer is to enable families to see readily the support they can expect locally without having to struggle to find the information. If there is any information that you would like to know that is not on the website then please do not hesitate to contact Mrs MacDonald.
The North Yorkshire local offer can be found by clicking here.