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Special Educational Needs Policy


This policy is currently based on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2001 which

gives practical guidance to schools on how to implement their statutory responsibilities in relation to

children with SEN, in Part IV of the Education Act 1996.

At Hadleigh Junior School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best

possible progress for all our pupils whatever their needs or disabilities. Not all children with disabilities

have special educational needs and not all pupils with special educational needs meet the definition of

disability however this policy covers all of these pupils.

This school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children. The National Curriculum is our

starting point for planning teaching which meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children.

When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children's diverse learning

needs. Some children have barriers to learning that mean they have special needs and require particular

action by the school.

These requirements are likely to arise as a consequence of a child having special educational needs.

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special

educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

· have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or

· have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a

kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Local

Authority (LA);

· are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if

special educational provision was not made for them.

(The above definition of SEN is taken from Section 1.3 of the SEN Code of Practice.)

Special educational needs may relate to one or more of the following areas of need:

· communication and interaction;

· cognition and learning;

· behaviour, emotional and social development;

· sensory and/or physical needs;

· medical conditions.

Children may have special educational needs either throughout or at any time during their school career.

This policy ensures that curriculum planning and assessment for children with special educational needs

takes account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the child.

Aims and objectives

In making provision for pupils with SEN, our aims and objectives are:

· to provide a stimulating and caring environment within which pupils can learn and develop to their

full potential;

· to ensure that the special educational needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for

from the earliest possible age;

· to ensure that all partners in the process of meeting a child’s individual needs understand and

fulfil their responsibilities;

· to ensure, in particular, that all school staff understand and fulfil their roles and responsibilities in

providing for children's special educational needs;

· to have the highest expectations of the progress in learning which can be achieved by all

individual pupils, regardless of their individual needs;

· to enable all children, including those with SEN, to have full access to all elements of the school

curriculum, and to maximise their learning and achievement;

· to ensure that parents or carers are able to play their part in supporting their child's education;

· to ensure that our children have a voice in deciding how their individual needs might best be met;

· to ensure that all necessary resources are made available to meet pupils’ individual needs.

Assessment of need and the ‘graduated response’

The SEN Code of Practice 2001 describes a ‘graduated response’, through which the provision made by

the school intensifies over time if the child continues to struggle to make progress, despite increasing

levels of support.

All children are assessed through our normal processes when they enter school so that we can build

upon their prior learning and any special provision already made for them.

Early identification of special educational needs is vital. The school informs the parents or carers at the

earliest opportunity to alert them to concerns about a child’s progress or additional needs and seeks to

enlist their active help and participation.

Wherever possible, we aim to meet children’s learning needs through differentiated planning, teaching

and support, as part of our normal classroom practice. This is sometimes referred to as wave 1

provision: high quality, inclusive teaching. Where a pupil or group of pupils need additional support to

enable them to successfully gain lost ground in learning and catch up with agerelated


short term

tailored intervention programmes will be provided, often through the support of a teaching

assistant. This is sometimes referred to as wave 2 provision, and pupils in receipt of such intervention

will not normally be considered to have special educational needs.

Wherever possible, we do not withdraw children from the classroom. There are times, though, when to

maximise learning, we ask the children to work in small groups, or in a one to one

situation outside the classroom.

If our assessments indicate or confirm that a child has a significant longer term learning difficulty, we

continue to use wave 1 and 2 strategies to support them, but will plan more specialist individualised

provision, designed to meet their specific needs. This is sometimes referred to as wave 3 provision.

These children will usually be included on our register of SEN, and parents will be made fully aware of

this designation and the outcomes of our assessments. This level of support is referred to School Action.

The child's class teacher will offer interventions that are different from or additional to those provided as

part of the school's usual working practices. The class teacher will keep parents or carers informed of the

provision being made and draw upon them for additional information to help plan that provision. The

SENCO will oversee the provision for the pupil, and take the lead in further assessments of their needs.

Where the provision required differs significantly from our normal range of differentiated, inclusive

strategies in the classroom, or where the pupil has specific specialist needs, such as sensory, physical,

communication or behavioural needs, we will record the special planning required and interventions on a

provision map. Some pupils receiving support through School Action will not need a provision map if

normal classroom planning can easily encompass planning for their individual needs. The provision will

record the nature of the child’s special needs, the planned objectives of the special provision being

made, the agreed short term

targets set for the child, and the additional support to be used. It will also

indicate the date for the plan to be reviewed. In most cases, this review will take place once a term.

Parents or carers will always be invited to attend and contribute to the provision map review meeting.

The pupil’s views on their progress and the nature of the provision being made to meet their needs will

also be sought, through age appropriate

means. In many cases, particularly for older pupils, it will be

appropriate for them to attend the provision review meeting.

If a provison review, or other assessment of a pupil’s progress, identifies that, over a period of two terms,

progress has been insufficient, despite all appropriate resources being used to support the pupil, it may

be concluded that support is needed from outside specialist services. In this case we will, with parental

consent, request external specialist support. In most cases, children will be seen and assessed in school

by external support services, including an educational psychologist. This may lead to additional

strategies or strategies that are different from those used in School Action. This enhanced level of

support is called School Action Plus. All pupils at School Action Plus will have a provison map. External

support services will provide information for the pupil's new map. The new strategies in the provision will,

wherever possible, be implemented within the pupil's normal classroom setting. The service providing

the additional support will be invited to attend subsequent provision map review meetings.

Nationally, only a very small proportion of pupils with SEN will require a statement. A statement of SEN

is a statutory document which outlines the nature of the child’s special needs, the type of provision which

must be made for them, together with any resource allocation stipulated, and identifies the type of school

which can best meet the needs of the child. If our school is named in a child’s statement of SEN, then we

will take every step possible to make the provision required by the statement. All pupils with statements

of SEN will also have provision maps, and an annual review of their statement, conducted in accordance

with the Code of Practice, and in which parents and pupils are involved.

Educational inclusion

In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs.

We have high expectations of all our children and strive to put these into practice through the removal of

barriers to learning and participation. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our

school community. Through appropriate curricular provision, we respect the fact that children:

· have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations;

· require different strategies for learning;

· acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates;

· need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.

Teachers respond to children's needs by:

· providing support for children who need help with communication, language and literacy;

· planning to meet children's individual learning needs by recognising a range of learning styles,

including the kinaesthetic approach to learning, and using a wide range of teaching and learning


· planning for children's full participation in learning, and in physical and practical activities;

· helping children to manage their behaviour and to take part in learning effectively and safely;

· helping individuals to manage their emotions, particularly during trauma or stress, so that they

are able to participate fully in the learning opportunities which the school offers.

The role of the SENCO

In our school, the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO):

· manages the daytoday

operation of our SEN Policy and maintains the SEN register;

· coordinates

the provision for children's special educational needs and maintains a provision map

which shows the range of additional support provided for pupils in our school, through waves 1, 2

and 3;supports and advises colleagues;

· oversees all assessments of the progress made by pupils with SEN;

· attends all school action plus provision map review meetings, many of which she will chair.

· maintains records of all children with SEN;

· acts as a main point of communication with parents and carers, in addition to the class teacher;

· acts as the link with external agencies and support services;

· monitors and evaluates this Special Educational Needs Policy, and reports to the governing

body;· manages a range of resources, both human and material, to enable appropriate provision to be

made for children with SEN;

· contributes to the professional development of all staff, in relation to understanding and meeting

the needs of pupils with SEN.

The role of the headteacher

The headteacher is the named ‘responsible person’ for ensuring that the needs of pupils with special

educational needs are met. She oversees and line manages the work of the SENCO. In particular cases,

the headteacher may liaise with external agencies and the LA, and may chair some review meetings,

particularly of pupils with statements.

The role of the governing body

The governing body has due regard to the SEN Code of Practice when carrying out its duties toward all

pupils with special educational needs.

The governing body does its best to secure the necessary provision for any pupil identified as having

special educational needs. The governors ensure that all teachers are aware of the importance of

providing for these children. They consult the LA and other schools, when appropriate, and report

annually, through the school prospectus, to parents and carers on the success of the school's policy for

children with special educational needs. The governing body ensures that parents or carers are notified

of any decision by the school that SEN provision is to be made for their child.

The governing body has identified a governor to have specific oversight of the school's provision for

pupils with special educational needs. The 'responsible person' in this school is the headteacher. The

headteacher ensures that all those who teach a pupil with a statement of special educational needs are

aware of the nature of the statement.

The SEN governor liaises closely with the SENCO and ensures that all governors are aware of the

school's SEN provision, including the deployment of funding, equipment and personnel, and the

effectiveness of this policy.

Allocation of resources

The SENCO is responsible for the operational management of the specified and agreed resourcing for

special needs provision within the school, including the provision for children with statements of special

educational needs.

The headteacher informs the governing body of how the funding is allocated to support special

educational needs.

The headteacher and the SENCO meet annually to agree on how to allocate and use our SEN funding.

The SENCO draws up the necessary resources bid when the school is planning its budget.

Partnership with parents and carers

The school works closely with parents and carers in the support of those children with special

educational needs. We encourage an active partnership through an ongoing dialogue with parents and

carers. The home–school agreement is central to this. Parents and carers have much to contribute to our

support for children with special educational needs.

The school prospectus contains a summary of this SEN Policy, and the arrangements made for children

with additional needs in our school. The named governor overseeing SEN provision is always willing to

talk to parents and carers of pupils receiving additional support.

Through review meetings each term, or regular termly parents’ meetings, we share the progress of

pupils with SEN with their parents or carers. We discuss with parents/carers any outside specialist

support, and seek to involve them in decision making

about the provision planned for their child.

Pupil participation

In our school, we encourage children to take responsibility and to make decisions. This is part of

the culture of our school and relates to children of all ages and abilities.

Children are involved in an appropriate way in agreeing targets in their IEPs and in the termly

provision map review meetings. Children are encouraged to review their own progress against

their targets and contribute towards decisions about support for their learning. We seek to

celebrate their successes with them as well as planning and discussing their next steps.

Monitoring and review

The SENCO monitors the progress or difficulties of children on the SEN register. She provides

staff and governors with regular summaries of the impact of our policy on the effectiveness of our

SEN provision.

The SENCO is involved in supporting teachers in drawing up provision maps for the children in

their class. The SENCO and the headteacher hold regular meetings to review the work of the

school in this area. The SENCO and the named governor with responsibility for special needs

also hold termly meetings.

The governing body will review this policy within three years, or sooner if necessary, or in

response to changes in national SEN policy.

Miss V .Parkinson  (Senco)
Hadleigh Junior School
Church Road

In accordance with statutory guidance from the Department of Education, the following school polices are available on this website. Hard copies are also available on request from the school office