Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
There are numerous legal requirements regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, however our policy reflects the view that we welcome children with various SEND and we value the contribution to school life these children bring with them. Our primary aim is to integrate pupils with SEND into the academic and social life of Clayton-le-Woods CE Primary School and to enable all pupils to work to their full potential.
Legally, a child is defined as having SEND if he or she has an educational need which may require special teaching. The children who need special education are not only those with obvious learning difficulties, such as those who are physically disabled, deaf or blind. They include those whose learning difficulties are less apparent, such as children who struggle to retain skills and concepts and children with emotional difficulties or behaviour problems. Parents may be interested to learn that it is estimated that approximately 30% of our school children require special educational help at some stage of their school careers.
Resources at Clayton-le-Woods CE Primary School are allocated to support pupils with SEND and maximise integration and access to the curriculum. These arrangements include the employment of a Pupil and Family Support Worker, the provision of classroom assistant support, specific reading schemes and relevant computer software. The school also uses the expertise of outside agencies including health professionals, educational psychologists and specialist support teachers from the Local Authority.
Any parent who has a concern about their child and SEND, should in the first instance talk to their class teacher. An appointment can then be made with the SENDCO, Mrs Howlett, if necessary. There is also a SEND Governor, Mrs Ollie Woodcock, who liaises with the SENDCO and the Governing Body.
SEN Information Report
Code of Practice
SEND at CLW - A guide for parents
Additional information about Lancashire's Local Offer can be found here