Special Educational Needs And Disability (SEND)
Children, at some time in their school career, may have Special Educational Needs of some kind. The difficulties a child may experience can vary and may occur in a number of areas. Some children will need help and support all of the time that they are at school, while other children may only need help for a short time.
Our aims with regard to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) at Essa Primary Academy are:
- To have a curriculum which is accessible to and includes all pupils, and which matches their individual needs.
- To ensure that the requirements of those pupils with SEND are met.
- To ensure the early identification and assessment of children’s needs and to act upon the results of such identification.
- To ensure that children with Special Educational Needs receive a broad and balanced curriculum.
- To ensure that all children with SEND join in all school activities as far as possible.
- To provide differentiated work to take account of the needs of More Able/Gifted and Talented children as well as those with learning difficulties and ensure that the development of their children is celebrated.
- To ensure that the atmosphere of the school promotes a happy, sensitive and secure environment to enable the most effective learning.
- To ensure that the school aims to encourage parents as partners in the learning process for their children.
- To appreciate that notable achievement can be made by all pupils and these should be recognised and recorded.
Throughout their time at Essa Primary Academy, a pupil’s progress is continuously monitored and tracked. This helps to highlight any problems immediately and identifies any children who may be falling behind. As soon as any problems are highlighted, appropriate intervention is taken to support pupils in the learning process through being placed on the SEND register and given an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The SEND register is maintained by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) and reviewed on a termly basis. The policy for Special Needs is being reviewed at a National Level and you will be kept informed of the relevant changes.
Children with disabilities
As a school we are fully compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and ensure targeted and ongoing support for children with a range of disabilities including physical, medical and emotional needs.
The official complaints procedure for Special Needs is as follows:
If you have any complaint about the Special Educational provision for your child, or about Special Educational Needs generally, please speak to the Principal or to any member of the Governing Body. If you speak to a governor then he/she will, in the first instance, refer the matter to the Principal. The Principal will investigate and then contact you as soon as possible. If he/she has not resolved the matter to your satisfaction it will be referred to the Special Needs governor who will raise the matter at the next Governing Body meeting and reply to you as soon as possible.
The governors and staff at Essa Primary Academy recognise the positive contribution of the cultural and ethnic diversity present in the school and in society as a whole.
As partners in the education of our children staff, parents and governors fully appreciate the special responsibility they have to help all children develop respect, values and attitudes which are appropriate for our multi-cultural society.
We do not tolerate racist, homophobic or sexist incidents and will always help children be proactive in implementing our school value for equality. We investigate, action and record any racist incidents which is reported termly to the Local Authority.
If your child has a disability he or she will be treated the same as other applicants for admission. We make reasonable adjustments to ensure that pupils with disabilities are not placed at a substantial disadvantage and participate fully in school life. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that people with a disability are not treated differently without lawful justification.
It would be helpful if parents could:
- Inform the school, at the earliest opportunity, if their child has a disability and the exact nature of that disability.
- Provide the information the school needs to plan effectively for the child to be a full member of the school community.
Acknowledge that when deciding whether an adjustment is reasonable, one of the factors the Principal must consider is the effect of the proposed change on all members of the school community.