SEN (Special Educational Needs)
In July 2014, the new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice was published by the government. This Code of Practice provides schools and local authorities with statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to The Children and Families Act 2014.
The code, which came into force on 1 September 2014, explains the duties of schools and colleges to provide reasonable adjustments, auxiliary aids, services and support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities; it provides the basis for our work with all children with SEND at River Primary School.
The Local Offer.
The Children and Families Act 2014 requires the Local Authority and schools to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25.
The Local Authority refer to this as the ‘Local Offer’. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will help parents and young people to understand the range of services and provision in the local area and contribute to a more equal partnership in planning for the needs of children with SEND. Follow the link below for more details:
SEND Information Report/SEND Policy
Schools utilise the Local Offer to determine how they will meet the needs of SEND pupils in accordance with the school policy and the provision available within that particular school. Information detailing the school’s approach to supporting children with SEND is detailed in the SEND information report/policy.
The policy was developed to comply with the revised Code of Practice and through consultation with parents/carers, staff and representatives from the governing body in December 2014 and will be reviewed annually.