Special Educational Needs & Disability
Our Lady & St Gerard's is an inclusive school, which offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all its pupils. Some children have a special educational need, which may be a learning difficulty, a health issue, a disability or social, emotional and mental health difficulty. Provision is made for children with special educational needs to accomodate their needs and give them access to all aspects of the curriculum. The school works within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code Of Practice: 0-25 years (2014).
The school values the importance of early identification and working together with parents to ensure children have the opportunity to reach their potential, academically and socially.
Children with special educational needs receive the appropriate level of support required.
For more information please see the 'Special Educational Needs Policy'.
SEND Coordinator: Miss K A Harvey
SEND Governor: Heather Carroll
What is SEND?|
According to the Code of Practice 2014:
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.
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
• has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions
The Code of Practice is statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities. The Code of Practice (Latest update) can be accessed by clicking the link here.
Broad Areas of Need
There are four Broad Areas of Need. Click any box for further information from the Code of Practice about this area of need. Some children may have needs which fall into more than one category. The categories are not used to define children but are instead used to plan the correct support/provision. Children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders/Conditions are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others. They often have sensory difficulties which can impact on their learning.
Our SEND policy sets out the aims, policies, procedures and ethos for SEND. Our SENCo is Miss K A Harvey. If you would like to speak to Miss Harvey about your child's needs, please contact the school office 01772 335025 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SEN Information Report|
It is a statutory requirement for schools to provide an SEN Information Report which outlines the policies and procedures for identification of SEND and the support and facilities available through the school.
Please contact the school to speak to Miss Harvey if you would like any further information on the policies and procedures for children with SEND in our school.
The Lancashire SEND Partnership|
Lancashire SEND Partnership
The Lancashire SEND Partnership was formed following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of our special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.
The partnership brings together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide the SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers. It ensures everybody can work together to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Click on the image to visit their website.
What is a 'Local Offer'?
The Local Offer is a collection of information about the facilities and agencies available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The information is intended to provide parents with more information about the places where they can find support for their children and young people with SEND. It also serves to enable agencies to work together through signposting parents to different types of support. Click on the image below to visit the Lancashre Local Offer. The school supports the local offer through the information given in the SEN Information Report which sets out what the school can offer pupils with SEND.
Does your child have an Autistic Spectrum Condition? Why not go along to this group to give your child the opportunity to develop social skills and meet other children with Autism? As a parent/carer, you will also get the opportunity to meet other parents, discuss ideas and strategies and find out about ways to help your child.