All children are entitled to an effective education that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and supports the fulfilment of their potential. The education they receive should;
- Enable them to achieve their best,
- Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives and
- Make successful transitions onto the next stage of their education
What is SEND and how is it identified?
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn or to engage in their learning.
In accordance with the 2015 SEND Code of Practice children are defined as having a special educational need if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils of the same age, or;
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders him/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
A child under compulsory age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Section 20 Children and Families Act 2014).
As a parent you may notice that they may :
- Struggle to learn to read or write, or struggle to make sense of something being read to them.
- Find it difficult to follow more than one instruction or to remember something they have just been told
- Struggle to concentrate on things that most of their peers are able to do, or to watch something on the television
- Fall over frequently, bump into things or struggle to learn new physical skills such as riding a bike
- Find turn-taking difficult, or sharing their toys. They may find it difficult to make or maintain friendships.
If you think your child may have special educational needs, you can talk to our:
Hub SENDCO: Mrs Beverley Pickett-Jones email@example.com
Assistant SENDCO: Mrs Emma Winter firstname.lastname@example.org
Devon County Council is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have a good start in life. Some children and young people have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and these differing needs mean varied levels of support may be required at different times. This is a link to Devon’s Local Offer https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer
Here is the link to Devon information, Advice and Support Service. Home – Devon Information Advice and Support (devonias.org.uk)