Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
East-the-Water Primary School supports inclusion for all of our children. We will do our best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and disabilities (henceforth SEND) and that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school, both academically and socially. We are proud of our thriving reputation and wide experience in enabling children with a wide range of learning and physical delays, difficulties and disabilities to succeed.
Definition of Special Educational Needs
A child or young person has Special Educational Needs (henceforth 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 if he or she:
(a) Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
(b) 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. (taken from the SEN Code of Practice (2014, p 4)
Definition of Disability
There are 3 areas in the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 that point to someone being disabled:
- The medical condition itself
- Its effect of the condition on the person’s daily life – it needs to be substantial
- Its length - it needs to last for a year or more
There are also two more groups but they do not have to prove their condition has a substantial adverse effect on their lives:
- Those whose treatment control the effect of the condition e.g. those on medication for epilepsy which is necessary to control the fits.
- Those with cancer, HIV infection, severe disfigurement and conditions such as muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (henceforth SENDCo) is Mrs Deana Smith.
Please view our SEND Policy 2016
Lots of specialist words and terms and abbreviations used in documents about SEND are unfamiliar to many parents and carers. This glossary will hopefully help clarify some of these. If you feel something is missing from this list, please contact Deana Smith who will add it at firstname.lastname@example.org