SEND & Equality
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Willowbank Primary School 2018/19
Willowbank Primary School aims to be an inclusive school which caters for the needs of all children.
Our approach to meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disability helps us to meet important school aims:
To provide equal opportunities for all
To foster respect for, and understanding of, the differences between individuals
To maintain high expectations of all children
To teach each child according to his or her strengths, aptitudes and needs
To create an environment in which children feel safe, secure and happy, in which they are listened to, and in which their views are respected
To work in close partnership with parents and carers, and to maintain effective two-way communication with parents and carers
SEND Code of Practice
You may be aware that from September 2014, the new SEN Code of Practice came into force. As a result of this there will be some changes to the way schools and local authorities ensure that the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are met.
What does this mean to me?
From September 2014, all local authorities must publish in one place information about the services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people 0 - 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. This is known as the local offer.
The development of a local offer is one of a number of changes to the way children and young people with SEND are supported that are part of the Children and Families Act. Schools will also publish an annual Special Educational Needs Information Report, which will outline what individual schools are able to offer in order to support children and families with SEND.
What will the local offer cover?
The local offer will include information about health and social care services, education, leisure activities and support groups in the area for children and young people aged 0 - 25 with SEND and their families.
There will be information about:
- services and support available
- how children and young people's needs are identified and assessed
- the way schools, colleges and maintained nurseries support children and young people with SEND
- how to access services and how decisions are made
- preparation for adulthood and independence
- arrangements for making a complaint and mediation
- how to comment on the local offer
The Department for Education's draft SEN Code of Practice and regulations outlines the range of information to be included in the local offer.
Why is the local offer important?
The local offer will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services and support that are available in their local area and understand how to access them.