Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is a title used to describe a range of learning needs whether they are Physical, Intellectual, Social, Emotional, Cognitive or Behavioural.
At St Michael's CE Primary School, we focus on the individual needs of every child and we recognise that every child is unique and special. We are inclusive in all that we do and aim to identify the special educational needs of children as early as possible, and create a learning environment that meets the needs of all children.
Within our rich and varied curriculum, every child is given opportunities and support in a safe, caring and stimulating environment, which facilitates each child’s chance to reach the highest possible standards. All staff are committed to meeting the needs of all our children and we strive to break down any barriers that are preventing children from making the progress of which they are capable. As a school, we recognise the importance of not only supporting children’s academic progress but also developing their behavioural, emotional and social skills to enable them to become confident, independent learners.
Our goal is to meet each child’s needs through quality first teaching approaches, differentiation and personalised support and interventions. We make all reasonable adjustments to our systems to meet needs as well as offering additional provision when appropriate.
We always work closely with parents, believing firmly in a strong partnership between school and home. Parents are able to meet regularly with their child's class teacher and/or the SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) to discuss their child's progress, needs and any barriers to learning.
Our SENDCO is Miss Amie Pattinson, who works in school one morning per fortnight on Wednesdays. If you would like to speak to Miss Pattinson about your child, please contact school on 016973 20632 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and mark it FAO Miss Pattinson. If Miss Pattinson is not in school, then questions and concerns can be directed to Mrs Polly Page.
Below, you will find links to our school policies and our local offer for children with SEND, as well as a link to Cumbria County Council's website and local offer, which provides a wealth of information to support families who have a child or young person with SEND.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn in many different ways. They can affect their:
- behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
- reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
- ability to understand things
- concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
- physical ability
More information can be found on the Government webiste: https://www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs
The 0-25 SEND Code of Practice (2015) identifies ‘four broad areas of [special educational] need and support’ (see chapter 6 for detailed descriptions):
- Communication and interaction;
- Cognition and learning;
- Social, emotional and mental health;
- Sensory and/or physical needs.
These broad areas of needs can affect children in different ways. Each child will need differentiated intervention using the Waves of Intervention Model below.