Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

‘For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.’ (Psalm 139:13-14)

SENCO: Siobhan Togher


Definition of SEND

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years July 2014

The four areas of SEND

How do we know if children need extra help?

The school identifies individual children’s needs in a number of different ways:

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

If you as parents/carers have a concern about your child, the first person you should speak to about it, is the class teacher. You can make an appointment to discuss your concerns. If appropriate, the concern will then be shared with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs Taylor. You may then be asked to attend further meetings to discuss and agree the next steps for your child.

How will school staff support my child?

What is Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)?

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that:

For more information, please visit: http://dsplarea9.org.uk/