Welcome to the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) section of our school website. My name is Joanna Jones and I am the SEND Coordinator (SENDCo) and Assistant Headteacher at Church Drive Primary School.
Special Educational Needs
The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities are supported in schools. The new approach began in September 2014 and places pupils at the centre of planning. The key principles of the new legislation are:
Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.
Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC) will replace statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines. (Existing statements will stay in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years.)
School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support. School Action Plus children will receive a Personalised Child Centred Plan.
Church Drive Primary School is well placed to adopt these changes and looks forward to working with pupils and parents/carers to ensure fully inclusive access to our education.
Church Drive upholds children’s right to education and to recognise the diverse educational needs within its communities. We acknowledge those needs may change and require a range of provision. We believe we have a duty to offer that provision where we can, to foster inclusion and provide full educational access.
Some children may need increased support to access learning because:
They have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
They have a disability as defined under the Equality Act, which affects their ability to access and benefit from the educational opportunities generally enjoyed by children of the same age.
We will try to ensure that all barriers to equal access in our schools are removed or overcome. We monitor and track progress of all children so that the support provided is as effective as possible. We welcome the full engagement of parents and carers and where necessary seek support and advice from specialists outside school to ensure we develop and maintain a range of flexible resources to meet the needs of all children.
In response to the changes to support special educational needs and disabilities in Primary Schools , Wirral Authority have asked all schools to provide answers to 14 questions developed in co-production with parent carers and young people. These questions will then allow parents and carers to understand more about how the school supports children with SEND and help them to make an informed decision about the school that can best support the needs of their child.
Schools have also been asked to provide an outline of the support and intervention they are currently providing in a Provision Map. It outlines support that is provisioned for all children in the school (Wave 1 provision); support for those who may require a little support to catch-up (Wave 2 provision): support for those who require far more individual support (Wave 3 provision).
The Provision Map may change each year (if not more often) to meet the needs of the children. There may also be additional support and interventions the school is able to provide that is not needed in a particular year. Therefore, if you wish to discuss any specific needs of your child, then please do not hesitate to contact me. My school e-mail address is: email@example.com or you can contact the school to arrange an appointment.
SEND Information Contact Points:
Please click here to view our Provision Map.
Please click here to read the school’s SEND Information Report presented in response to the 14 questions asked of schools to specify their SEND provision.
Please click here for a comprehensive list of abbreviations commonly used with SEND.
I hope that the documents are able to answer most of your questions about the SEND Provision in our school; however, there is nothing better than seeing it first hand so please feel free to contact the school office to arrange a visit.