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SEND & Inclusion

What is SEND?

SEND = Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

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.

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.

SEND Policy 2020-2021

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 



SEND Information Report PDF version 2020-2021

Special educational needs and disabilities - local offer

It is the responsibility of the Local Authority to produce a Local Offer.  The local offer brings together information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.  

The SEND local offer is:

  • information, advice, support and services
  • provided by education, health, Lancashire County Council (the local authority) and voluntary organisations
  • local to Lancashire
  • for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25
  • available in one place on the Local Offer website- click the image to access the Local Offer


This team can support parents in a variety of ways.  Further information can be found at  


They have produced some handy leaflets about their service.




The Lancashire SEND Partnership brings together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide special educational needs and disability (SEND) services for children, young people, their parents and carers, with representatives from those who use the service.

The SEND Partnership was formed following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of SEND services in our local area.  Click the image to access the SEND Partnership pages.









Click the image above to find out about the Family Information Network Directory.  From this link you can access the FIND newsletter which is packed full of useful information and guidance about SEND.



What is Inclusion?


In simple terms, 'Inclusion' is about the way we structure our classrooms and the learning to ensure that all our children can learn and participate together.  At our school, we treat each child as an individual but take into account their needs so that they can be included in the whole curriculum.  When a child has a long term Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND), a medical need, a language need (e.g. learning English as an additional language - EAL) or even just a short term additional need, we work together with parents to ensure that these needs are met.  Meeting these needs ensures that the child can learn and progress alongside their peers.


Our Lady & St Gerard's Primary School is an inclusive school, which offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all its pupils. We believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. 


It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.


Some children have a special educational need, which may be a learning difference, a physical/sensory need, a communication need or social, emotional or mental health difficulty. Provision is made for children with special educational needs to accommodate 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).

Each child’s teacher will be finding ways to support children with SEND, including:

  • Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
  • Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
  • Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
  • Offer small group or individual support to promote skills identified in the child’s School Support Plan 


With the permission of parents/carers we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:

  • Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
  • Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child
  • Suggest resources that would help the child make progress

Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help their child at home.


We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.


At Our Lady & St. Gerard's Primary School,  we ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.  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.


For more information please see the Special Educational Needs Policy and the SEND Information Report.


SEND Coordinator: Miss K A Harvey

SEND Governor: Heather Carroll



Coronavirus resources for pupils with SEND

Children with Special Educational Needs may find the current situation difficult to understand.  Children with Autism may need resources to help them to cope with the changes to their usual routines.  Some children may also need help with coping with the transition back to school, when the time comes.  We have gathered a range of resources that parents may find useful.  Click the links below.  


There are a variety of resources available to support children with particular needs on the Oak Academy Specialist pages.  Click the image to access the pages.