Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
We believe that all children are entitled to an appropriate broad and balanced education. We give our children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, the skills that will enable them to be fully included in the life of the school. It is our belief that the inclusion of SEND children brings benefits to everyone. All children can learn from one another and are valued, regardless of ability or disability.
We aim, through inclusion, to promote respect and understanding for all pupils regardless of ability or disability. We expect that all our children will benefit from a policy of inclusion; that children will realise that there are others with special needs different to their own and that these children are equal members of our school. Conversely we consider it important that all our pupils (including those with special educational needs) feel themselves to be equal members of our school. We encourage all the children to have high aspirations for themselves and to have pride in their achievements. This is reinforced by private recognition and public celebration of achievements. Integration is achieved practically by differentiation in the classroom, by specific arrangements for individual children at playtimes, mealtimes and when moving around school. There is a whole school response towards children's needs when appropriate.
The Children and Families Bill
The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. The government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out in 'Support and aspiration: a new approach to special education needs and disability - progress and next steps' including by: replacing old statements with a new birth- to-25 education, health and care plan offering families personal budgets improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families, particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together