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"Lots of help for children with particular needs.”

“A genuine desire to ensure each child reaches their potential.”

“You create an environment that allows my child to thrive as an individual.”

Parental Questionnaire comments, Autumn 2017

Our SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) is Mrs Wildig.

Our SEND Champion is the head, Ms Gregson.

Our SEND Governor is Mrs Collings.

 

'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.

Our aim

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.

 

What to do if you think your child may have additional needs.

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 (SENDCO) who may meet you if your child has SEND.  At Balshaw Lane the SENDCo is Mrs Wildig.

What you should ask

Talk to the teacher/SENDCO about:

  • why you think your child has SEND
  • whether your child learns at the same rate as other children their age
  • what the school can do to help
  • what you can do to help

What we will do

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 SENDCO and your child's teacher agree that your child has SEND, 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.

Other sources of advice and support

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.

Our SEND Policy

Our Local Offer for SEND

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