Special Educational Needs and Disability
At St. James’s we believe that all children have the right to be happy in school and access a broad and balanced curriculum. We enable a cooperative and productive partnership with pupils, parents, carers and teachers to enable this to happen.
Definition of SEN: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of practice, Department for Health and Education, January 2015
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her which is different from, or additional to, that normally available to pupils of the same age.”
Aims of SEND provision at St James’s Primary School
From September 2014, all schools are required to publish details of their SEN Information Report, detailing support for pupils with special educational needs and/or a disability. This is referred to in our Inclusion Policy which can be found at the bottom of the page.
In addition, schools must provide a link to services which Richmond Local Authority offer to children with special educational needs and/or a disability.
Local Offer is the term that the Department for Education (DfE) have chosen to describe the collection of information about the support that local authorities must make available to help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families. The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents, carers, children and young people with SEND to see clearly, from a single and regularly updated source, the services available to local families and how to access them. The offer covers services from birth to 25, across education, health and social care. It describes state-funded, charitable and private services, and includes services outside the local area (e.g. schools) which are used by local families. Put simply, information on "Local" services and support on "Offer" is gathered together and made easy to find in a "Local Offer”.