Eaton Primary School’s Information Report 2017-18
We welcome any comments and suggestions regarding our Special Educational Needs information. The Special Educational Needs and Disability leaders are:
Mrs Louise Goodson, Inclusion Leader
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Report 2016/17
Welcome to our information about provision for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEND. The information published must be updated annually. The required information is set out in the regulations found at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/childrenandfamilies.html
This policy is written in line with the requirements of:
- Children and Families Act 2014 (Section 69)
- SEN Code of Practice 2014
- Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Part 3 Duties on Schools –
Schedule 1 regulation 51– Information to be included in the SEN information report and Schedule 2 regulation 53 – Information to be published by a local authority in its local offer
- Equality Act 2010
The Children’s and Family Act 2014: This Act was passed in March 2014. The act extends the SEN system from age 0 to 25 years, giving children, young people and their Parent/Carer’s greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. Some of the key changes include;
- Replacing old statements with a new Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
- Offering families personal budgets.
- Improving co-operation between all the services that support children and their families, particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together.
The revised Code of Practice: The revised Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN. The code encompasses the Children’s and Family Act and some of its aims are to ensure;
- There is a clearer focus on the participation of children, young people and Parent/Carers in decision-making at individual and strategic levels.
- There is a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people.
- It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of agencies to ensure close co-operation between Education, Health and Social Care.
- It includes guidance on publishing a Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities.
- There is new guidance for education and training settings on taking a graduated approach to identifying and supporting pupils and students with SEN (to replace School Action and School Action Plus).
- For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs).
- There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood.
The definition of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – A child or young person (aged 0-25) has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.
Code of Practice 2014, 1.8
In accordance with the new Code of Practice, children’s needs will primarily fall under one of four areas:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, mental and emotional health
- Sensory and/or physical
In many cases, for children who have multiple or complex needs, these areas overlap. This is taken into consideration.
The Local Offer
The Local Offer is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Bill.
It explains how the local authority will work with parents, local schools and colleges, as well as other services such as Health and Wellbeing Boards. This will encourage a more joined-up process when delivering services for children and young people with SEND and should make the system less stressful for families. It aims to give parents more information about the services and expertise available locally, and increasing their choice. It should also;
- Give you information about education, health and care services.
- Give you information about leisure activities and support groups.
- Hold all the information in one place.
- Be clear, comprehensive and accessible.
- Make service provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.
- Be developed and reviewed with service providers and service users.
Norfolk’s Local offer can be found on the website below: