What is SEND?
You may hear schools, other parents and professionals talking about SEND - but what does it mean?
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Having any of these can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. Your child or a child you know may have difficulties in these areas:
behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia or a delay in their learning
ability to understand things
concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
physical ability to undertake tasks both at classroom level or in sports or play
Who to talk to
If you think your child may have special educational needs or you would like to gain some more information or advice, we will be happy to discuss your concerns.
Our SEND co-ordinator in school is: Miss Kirsty Graham
Please get in touch if you think your child needs any of the following help:
help taking part in class activities
extra encouragement in their learning, eg to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
help communicating with other children
support with physical or personal care difficulties, eg eating, getting around school safely or using the toilet
There is a document provided by the government that might give you some further reading if you are interested or concerned. Please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Many children will require additional support at some stage during their education and this shouldn’t be something to worry about.
This additional help will usually be provided through the support of the class teacher who may liaise with the Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCo). On some occasions more specialist support may then be required from outside agencies.
Our SENCo works closely with both staff and parents to offer guidance and support so that individual plans are in place to meet the needs of children that require additional help. We pride ourselves on our good relationship with parents and consult with them when there is a necessity to involve other agencies such as the Educational Psychologist, Paediatricians or other local agencies.
In addition to the meetings that parents have with class teachers about their child’s progress, the SENCo will be available for parents to come into school to discuss informally their child’s needs.
For more information and guidance please do not hesitate to contact the SENCo, Miss Kirsty Graham, through the school office or email via firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a 'SEND Information Report'?
Within a Local Education Authority each school is required to publish their 'Information Report' for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It provides information on what services children and their families can expect from a school in order to ensure that they receive the support they may need.
Cliffedale Primary School's Report can be viewed below. If you have any questions regarding the Report please do not hesitate in contacting the school.