Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) is Mrs Rebecca McGill
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Definition of Special Educational Needs
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) defines Special Educational Needs in the following way:
‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’
Definition of Disability
Many pupils who have SEN may also have a disability under the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act defines a disability in the following way:
‘A physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’
At St Pancras Catholic Primary School we pride ourselves on being an inclusive setting and strive to work collaboratively to ensure every learner is able to achieve their full potential.
The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as part of our standard admissions procedures. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. It is the School’s policy to accommodate pupils with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for, to prevent any pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils. In practice we ensure that classroom and extra-curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs and disabilities. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.
We value the abilities and achievements of all our children and are committed to providing the best possible environment for all learners. We aim to ensure all our pupils with SEND are fully integrated into school life and provided with every opportunity to participate in activities within school and the wider community. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and recognise that reasonable adjustments and specific support may be necessary to meet individual needs.
As a school, we work hard to ensure that special educational needs are identified, assessed and appropriately met, enabling all children to have full access to the school curriculum. We believe education is a partnership between the pupil, parent/carer and teacher so the views, thoughts and wishes of pupils and families will be actively sought and the planning and implementation of a support plan will be achieved collaboratively.
All teachers at St Pancras are teachers of SEND pupils and as such provide high quality teaching which takes account of the particular individual needs of pupils with SEND within the classroom.
The following links provide support and guidance:
SENDIASS - Confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
Suffolk SEND Local Offer - Clear, accessible and accurate information about the services available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
Suffolk Parent Hub - A place for Suffolk parents or carers to find parenting advice and support to help their child’s development.
For further information about the provision for pupils with SEND please refer to the following documents below: