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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

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 icon 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 

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.

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).


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


SEND Coordinator: Miss K A Harvey

SEND Governor: Lyndsey Frew