Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
SEN Provision at St Laurence's
We believe that every child at our Academy is unique and special, so we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all. We are committed to developing cultures, policies and practices that are inclusive. Systems are in place to identify when children have barriers affecting their learning, followed by specific interventions to help children overcome these barriers. This practice of personalising learning applies to all children. For academically more able children this means provision of appropriate challenge to develop their particular talents. Where children are identified as needing additional support in any aspect, the academy follows the Code of Practice. This ensures that each child’s needs are individually and appropriately catered for, and that any outside agencies are involved in providing guidance and support.
The key principles of the code of practice are:
- The participation of children, their parents and young people in decision making
- The early identification of children and young people’s need and early intervention to support
- Greater choice and control for young people and parents over support
- Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support
- High quality provision to meet the needs of children with SEN
Local Authorities are required to publish information on all of the provision that they expect to be available across available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans. This information is available on the local authority websites here:
This NHS ran page provides information on the different SEN conditions. There are also links to other relevant and useful pages:
The academies SEND offer and SEND policies are available on our policies page here.
Support for children at home
Below is a list of websites and resources that may be of use to you and your child to access at home. I have divided the list into groups to enable you to find the most relevant ones.
The following resources have been suggested by the Department for Education specifically for Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND):
This initial list of SEND resources has been developed with a focus on accessibility and inclusivity and is based on the recommendations of:
- trusted organisations
- multi-academy trusts
- special education headteachers
We encourage parents, teachers and schools to explore beyond this list to identify what support is best for their children and pupils with SEND.