Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
A child of 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.
Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty, which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
The four broad areas of Special Educational Needs are:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Sensory and/or physical needs
Disabled children and young people
Some children who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010. This includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN. Where a disabled child or young person requires special educational provision they will also be covered by the SEN definition.
At Godwin, all children are valued, respected and welcomed, whatever their special educational need and/or disability. We will support pupils’ learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally-provided facilities where appropriate.
Decisions about which actions are appropriate for individual pupils are made on a case-by-case basis and take into consideration an assessment of a child’s difficulties, their preferred learning styles and the school and classroom context. The school’s Inclusion Leader supports class teachers in identifying and providing appropriate provision.
Actions to meet pupil’s special educational needs fall within 4 main strands:
assessment, planning and review
grouping for teaching purposes
additional human resources
curriculum and teaching method
The Governing Body are fully involved in developing and monitoring the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Link Governor ensures the Governing Body are knowledgeable about the school’s special educational needs provision, including how funding, equipment and personnel resources are deployed.
Please speak to the school's Inclusion Leader, Mrs Gould, if you have any additional questions.