How we Identify and Assess Children with Special Educational Needs

The term SEND encompasses a wide range of types of need. The established categories are:

  • communication and interaction
  • cognition and learning
  • social, emotional and mental health
  • sensory and/or physical needs

The Equality Act 2010 and the SEN Code of Practise June 2014 defines a person with a disability as someone who has a physical or mental impairment, that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. It is also taken into consideration if a child has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.

So, at the heart of every class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessing which takes account of the wide range of abilities, talents and interests. Assessment against the National Curriculum levels for each subject will enable us to determine the individual child's attainment and progress against the expected levels for the majority of their peers. Therefore, if your child's overall attainments or attainment in specific areas fall significantly below the expected range, their needs will be identified and early action will be taken to support them within their class.  

If it is agreed that your child needs extra help and support, a discussion will take place with the teaching staff who work with your child. Your knowledge and views will be taken into account in planning any support for your child and following this discussion an action plan will be agreed. Support will be planned to meet the needs of your child. This support may include:-
• Additional support from a Teaching Assistant (1:1 or small group)
• Additional physical resources used e.g. ICT, writing aids, visual timetable
• Adaptations to the curriculum
• Changes to the timetable
If it is decided that your child needs help beyond that which is normally available, or your child needs interventions that are additional to and different from those normally provided as part of the curriculum, we may contact specialist support for extra guidance. Parental consent will be required for this. 

Specialist Support we would contact may include:
• School Nurse
• Educational Psychologist 
• Occupational Therapy 
• Speech and Language Therapy
• Specialist Teams e.g. Autistic Spectrum Disorder
• CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
• Crisis Response