Longmoor Primary School
The Governing Body at Longmoor Primary School aim to: -
- foster among pupils a caring and considerate attitude towards each other and their environment
- provide equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum, regardless of gender, creed, race or special educational needs
- provide a secure and positive environment, so that each child will feel valued, safe and happy
- develop the whole child; physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually
- equip the children with the skills needed for their life beyond school
- recognise the importance of each child’s self esteem and enhance this wherever possible
The Governing Body will:-
- ensure the earliest possible identification of SEN
- involve parents as partners in the SEN process
- regularly monitor and review each child’s progress and take appropriate action
- ensure that the school fulfils the requirement of the Special Needs Code of Practice 2014
- make full use of expert support facilities eg. Medical services, Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support Service, Specialist Units etc
- cater wherever possible for the full range of special needs within school
Definition of Special Educational Need
For the purpose of this policy, and with regard to the SEN Code of Practice 2014, we use the following definition of SEN:
A child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
A child has a learning difficulty if he or she: -
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
- has a disability which either prevents or hinders the child from making use of the education facilities of a kind provided for children of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.
- For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nurseries, mainstream post 16 institutions or by relevant early years providers.
- For children under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.
Learning difficulties can fall into one or more of the following categories:-
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, mental and emotional health
- Sensory and/or physical
All maintained schools, whether an academy or run by the LEA are legally obliged to have a Local Offer. The offer sets out the expectations on meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs. Schools must ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress. They are expected to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs or disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, if families choose this option.
Please see Longmoor's Local Offer which can be found on the Key Information tab - SEN Local Offer.
Log on to The National Autistic Society to find out more about the needs of children with autism. The link is below.