'SEND' is an abbreviation for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This page is to provide parents with advice if they think that their child may have SEND. It also provides information for prospective parents who may have a child with SEND.
Please feel welcome to contact us if you need further information. We are always happy to give advice or support.
All children have the right to an education that will enable them to reach their full potential. We believe that each child has individual and unique needs and acknowledge that some children require more support than others.
A child has special educational needs if s/he requires additional or different provision made generally for children of their age in that school. In order to support these children, we recognise their needs and plan accordingly.
The head, governors and staff of our school are committed to the inclusion of children with SEND.
We aim to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, but also to offer small group support, or individual help, where children have specific needs.
Our school ethos is very caring and we look to develop the whole child, academically and personally so that s/he can fulfil their potential and look forward to a confident, happy future life.
At Balshaw Lane, your child's teachers will talk to you if they have concerns about his or her progress. If you notice any difficulties with your child's learning you should ask your child's teacher about them first. We are able to support and help children who have special educational needs by providing, for example, extra help from their teachers and/or adapting the curriculum so it is more accessible for your child.
Also, all schools have a special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) who may meet you if your child has SEND. At Balshaw Lane the SENCo is Mrs Wildig.
Talk to the teacher/SENCO about:
Schools are required by law to provide an education for all pupils, regardless of their ability or special needs. Every child's education is equally important.
If the SENCO and your child's teacher agree that your child has SEN, we will take a 'graduated approach' - this means 'step-by-step'. We will offer your child extra support, with the possibility of more support if needed. This can be adult support or through prompts and resources in school.
Whatever the school decides to do, you have the right to be informed and for your views, and your child's views, to be taken into account.
The school will also consider requesting an assessment for an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Additional advice and support is available from the Parent Partnership Service. Links to this and other useful organisations are on the further information and support for parents page.