Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Barkerend Academy is committed to its policy of inclusion; one in which the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of all children matter – including those identified as having Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).
We believe that it is important to work together with parents to make sure we provide the best possible education for all our pupils. We ensure that teaching matches the needs of the child so that all pupils are able to make progress and achieve their full potential.
It is important to understand that many pupils experience difficulties at some time during their education and can be for a variety of reasons. However most will, with support, be able to overcome these difficulties. Some pupils will need help with their learning within the classroom, some pupils may also need to work in smaller groups or work individually with an adult for additional support. Pupils on the SEND register will have targets set for them to help them progress with their learning, the progress of these pupils is tracked and formally reviewed each term.
Parents of pupils who have been identified as having Special Educational Needs will be invited to talk to the Classteacher, the SENCO and/or our Inclusion Officer. In some cases we may also discuss the possibility of seeking the specialist advice of an outside agency, e.g. Cognition and Learning Difficulties Team, an Educational Psychologist or the Visual Impairment Team.
At Barkerend Primary we ensure that early identification, assessment and provision for any child who may have SEND follows the procedures laid down in our Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy (May 2014).
The Children and Families Act requires all local authorities in the UK to publish information about the services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) so that parents, carers and young people are able to access this all in one place.
The Local Offer includes information about education, health and social care for families with a child aged from birth to 25 years of age with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It also provides information and advice for young people preparing for adulthood.