Our Approach to SEN
According to the ‘SEND Code of Practice’ (last updated April 2020), there are 4 broad areas that can be identified in supporting children with additional needs. This enables schools to take action in implementing additional support as required. These 4 areas are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
In practice, children often have needs that cut across multiple areas and may change over time.
If a child is identified as having additional needs outside of individual ‘expected’ progress (either academically or developmentally), individual assessments take place to highlight primary and secondary barriers to learning and additional support is put into place. This can either be through alternations to teaching or the learning environment; or through discrete interventions targeting a child’s specific need.
We pride ourselves in have open communication between school and parents; this is vital for every child to receive the support they need. A termly IPM (Individual Provision Map) outlines the support each child receives and is sent home to parents 3 times a year. In addition to this, we hold face-to-face meetings between teachers and parent to further detail the additional support each child receives.
The class teacher is usually the first person to notice that the child needs extra help. If this is the case then they will ask for a meeting with the SENDCo to discuss strategies; with an initial assessment likely to follow. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then a discussion with parents/carers about the possibility of putting the child on the SEND register will take place.
If you have any concerns regarding your child then please raise your concerns with the class teacher and/or the SENDCo Mr Gatrill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The SEND Information Report has been written as a response the North Yorkshire County Council Local Offer. This outlines what we provide as a school to all children with an identification of SEND.
Please click on the links at the bottom of this page to access our SEND Policy and SEN Information Report.
SEND Local Offer
North Yorkshire County Council have published their local offer for children and families from 0-25. This outlines what is available for children and young people with SEND in our Local Authority.
All schools are required to provide information to parents on how to seek additional support beyond that which is ‘normally available’ for their child.
The main aim of the local offer is to enable families to see readily the support they can expect locally without having to struggle to find the information. If there is any information that you would like to know that is not on the website then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gatrill (SENCo).
Please click on the link at the bottom of this page to access North Yorkshire’s SEND Local Offer.
The Provision Map for our two schools.
Our Provision Map provides details of support that is available across the settings for each of these areas. Wave 1 provision gives details of what all children might expect as part of the usual classroom practice. Wave 2 provides details of support within small groups. Wave 3 provides details of possible 1:1 support.
Please note that there is some overlap and some resources/approaches may be used across different areas of need and across the 3 waves. Some of these resources and approaches are used widely within class regardless of your child’s ability so please don’t think that just because your child has used a particular resource to support their learning eg Numicon that they are regarded as Special Needs.
Children will receive the support that is best suited for them to help them in moving on in their learning.
North Yorkshire Parent Carer Voice – Parent Carer Forum for North Yorkshire
SENDIASS North Yorkshire – Parent/Carer Support Service