Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Policy
Ferrars Junior School is an inclusive school. We take safeguarding very seriously and all of our policies are developed with a high priority on children’s safety and in the light of our safeguarding policy. All of our school policies are interlinked and should be read and informed by all other policies. In particular, the SEND policy is linked to behaviour, anti-bullying, medical and curriculum policies.
This SEND policy is written to comply with the 2014 Children and Families Act and its SEN Code of Practice together with the Equality Act 2010.
The SEND team at Ferrars Junior School
Inquiries about an individual child’s progress should be addressed at first to the class teacher since he or she is the person who knows the child best. Other enquiries can be addressed to Alison McDade - SENCo
Please make an appointment with the school office if you wish to speak to the SENCo.
Headlines from the 2014 Code of Practice
From September 2014:
- No more statements will be issued by the Local Authority. Statements have been replaced by Education, Health and Care plans (EHC Plans) which can be used to support children from birth-25 years.
- School Action and School Action Plus have been replaced by one school based category of Need known as ‘Additional Needs Support’ (ANS). All children are closely monitored, and their progress tracked each term. Those at ANS are additionally tracked by the SENCo.
- There are four broad categories of SEN:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health
- Physical and sensory.
We have children in all these categories of SEN.
- We are working more closely with parents and children to ensure that we take into account the child’s own views and aspirations and the parents’ experience of, and hopes for, their child. Parents are invited to be involved at every stage of planning and reviewing SEN provision for their child.
- All children benefit from ‘Quality First Teaching’: this means that teachers expect to assess, plan and teach all children at the level which allows them to make progress with their learning. In addition, we implement some focused interventions to target particular skills.
- We have high expectations of all our children. Children on our Additional Needs register make progress which compares well with the progress made by other children in school.
Ferrars Junior School ensures that the whole school environment is inclusive and favourable to pupils with SEND. This includes the physical environment, as well as social, sporting and educational activities