SEN Policy

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator: Mrs Miranda Brookfield

SEND Governor: Mike Bogg

Date: January 2020

  1. Principles


  • All children are valued equally and have the right to learn, achieve and participate fully in education, regardless of abilities and behaviours.
  • All parents and carers are valued as partners in meeting the needs of their children.
  • All children are entitled to access a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is differentiated to meet individual learning styles, recognising personal strengths and needs.
  • All children should receive an appropriate education where reasonable adjustments can be made that take into consideration, the needs of all learners.
  • The diversity of the needs of children is recognised and met through a range of flexible responses and varied provision and through a variety of teaching styles.
  1. Aims and Objectives


  • To identify and assess the needs of all pupils
  • To identify a pupil’s SEND needs early
  • To plan, implement, assess and record education programmes and other appropriate interventions for those children who are identified as having SEND
  • To provide SEND pupils with access to all areas of the curriculum
  • To manage resources to ensure all children’s needs are met
  • For all those responsible or involved with SEND provision to take into account the views and wishes of the child
  • To ensure that school and parents work in partnership in identifying and meeting individual needs
  • To monitor provision and progress regularly
  • To involve outside agencies when appropriate
  • To provide appropriate CPD for those involved in working with SEND pupils
  • To review Educational Health Care Plans (EHC) annually in line with regulations
  • For the SENCo and SEND Governor to monitor and evaluate all procedures and to initiate changes, which will benefit the pupils and are consistent with the School Development Plan.














  1. Areas of Need

Pupils on the SEND register will be classified under one of the following categories:


A          Cognition and Learning Needs

  • Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)
  • Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD)
  • Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD)
  • Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD)

B          Communication and Interaction Needs

  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

C          Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties (SEMHD)

D          Sensory and/or Physical Needs

  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)
  • Physical Disability (PD)

The teaching needs of all pupils, particularly those with SEND require:

  • Positive attitudes from all staff
  • Partnerships with teachers which encourage them to become active learners, helping to plan, build and evaluate their own learning programme wherever possible
  • A differentiation of activities to match the needs of individual pupils to meet their entitlement of quality first teaching.
  • Visual and kinaesthetic teaching aids such as placemats, number lines, counters, visual timetables etc.
  • A climate of warmth and support in which self-confidence and self-esteem can grow and in which pupils with SEND can work without fear of criticism or failure
  • Partnership between home and school
  • Specific intervention programmes as appropriate to need/diagnosis
  • Specialist Support Services where required
  1. Role of the SENCo

The SENCo will:

  • Review the SEND policy in conjunction with the Head Teacher, staff and Governors.
  • Lead the strategic development of SEND policy and provision with Head Teacher and Governing Body.
  • Provide professional guidance to teachers and support staff.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the SEND policy.
  • Co-ordinate provision for children with SEND.
  • Review all IEPs and PIPs and share these with parents.
  • Review and develop IEPs for pupils with an EHC Plan in conjunction with class teachers and the pupil’s Learning Support Practitioner, on a half termly basis.
  • Liaise with staff, LA, SEND support services, external agencies, including Educational Psychology Service, medical and social care to identify, assess and provide appropriate support to those children with SEND.
  • Liaise in partnership with parents and carers of pupils with SEND.
  • Maintain the SEN register and oversee records of pupils with SEND.
  • Offer support and advice to staff regarding appropriate intervention (activities, resources, behaviour programmes, CPD, etc.).
  • Contribute to INSET & staff training.
  • Liaise with High Schools, special schools and other Primary Schools for transition.
  • Oversee resources for pupils with SEND.
  • Line manage; Learning Support Practitioners, SEN teaching assistants, Nurture Group staff and the Assistant SENCo.
  • Attend appropriate courses and SENCo Network meetings.
  • Carry out necessary reviews for pupils with SEND.
  • Meet with SEND Governor once per term.
  • Provide termly reports for governors.
  • Co-ordinate the use of assessments.
  • Monitor data of SEND pupils.
  • Together with the Deputy Head – Mrs Lesley Brookes take responsibility for provision for Looked After Children and ensure SEND needs are included in PEPs where appropriate.
  1. The role of the Head Teacher


The SEND policy is reviewed by the SENCo, in consultation with the Head Teacher, SLT, staff and governors annually and the policy document updated. The Head teacher will meet regularly with the SENCo to ensure provision is appropriate. Head teacher will ensure that the progress of SEN pupils is monitored. The Headteacher will also ensure that SEN funding is distributed effectively.

  1. The Role of the class teachers
  • All class teachers are responsible for the initial identification and assessment of SEND and have responsibility for SEND provision and quality first teaching in the classroom. It is the class teacher’s responsibility to inform the SENCo of any concerns regarding SEND pupils in their class.
  • Class teachers must provide differentiated planning (PIPs) for all SEND groups within their class including any pupil with an EHC Plan with an LSP attached.
  • Class teachers must ensure that they work with SEND pupils & review their progress regularly to ensure that they assess SEND pupils and are planning to meet their needs effectively.
  • Class teachers will review all IEPs half termly & PIPs termly.
  • All teachers must send copies of IEPs to parents and discuss targets with pupils, where appropriate.
  • Each class teacher must maintain a Special Needs file containing individual records of children on the SEND register, including IEPs, PIPs, pupil passports and case studies.
  • It is the class teacher’s responsibility to ensure that all external educational advice is included in the child’s provision and that IEPs are annotated and PIPs are updated in accordance with this advice.
  • The SLT liaise regularly with class teachers concerning pupils with SEND through Pupil Progress Meetings.
  • It is the class teacher’s responsibility to inform parents of progress of SEND pupils on a regular basis.
  • Class teachers must update pupil passports annually.
  • Class teachers must contribute to, and update at least two case studies each year.
  1. The role of the governors – new section governors to complete this section


  • Agree on the SEND policy
  • Provide appropriate staffing and funding to meet the needs of the SEN policy
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the SEND policy

Role of the designated SEND governor

  • Meet regularly with SENCo
  • Attend relevant SEND training
  • Feedback SEND information to the full governing body
  • Complete learning walks with the SENCo at least once a year
  1. Admissions


An equal opportunities and inclusion policy is adopted regarding the admission of children with SEND. Appropriate transition and induction arrangements are high priority for pupils with SEND.

  1. Identification, Assessment and Review


  • All children with SEND will be identified and assessed as early as possible.
  • It is the class teacher’s responsibility to liaise with the SENCo regarding any concerns about a pupil.
  • Class teachers will monitor progress and complete a PIP.
  • Class teacher and SENCo will review progress.
  • The SENCo & class teacher will identify all pupils whose level of progress is significantly below that of their peers. This will be discussed at a Pupil Progress meeting with a member of SLT.
  • The SENCo will consult with parents to put pupils on the school SEN register.
  • Where a pupil is falling considerably behind or requires a lot of additional support the SENCo will liaise with SEND services, parents and the possibly the Educational Psychologist.
  1. Education Health Care Plans (Code of practice 2014)


The majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream settings. Some children may require an EHC needs assessment in order for the local authority to decide whether it is necessary for it to make provision in accordance with an EHC plan.

The purpose of an EHC plan is to make specialist educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child in order to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care.

The local authority must;

  • Establish the views of parents and the child
  • Provide a full description of the child’s SEND and any health and social care needs
  • Establish outcomes based on child’s needs
  • Specify the provision required

If it is felt that a child at our school would benefit from an EHC plan we will firstly seek advice from the Educational Psychologist and any other relevant agencies. The SENCo will then gather evidence to support the request. Where a request is made and declined the child will remain on the SEN register and their progress will continue to be monitored. Where an EHC plan request has been accepted the school will follow all recommendations. The child will have an IEP written by the SENCo and class teacher. This will be reviewed half termly. The EHC plan will be reviewed annually in a meeting involving parents, the child (if applicable), the class teacher, SENCo and any other relevant outside agencies. Any significant changes will be reported to the Local Authority and the EHCP updated by them.

A Year 6 pupil may have an annual review earlier than 12 moths in order to establish with the Local Authority where that child will be placed for their secondary education.

  1. Curriculum


  • Pupils with SEND will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. The needs of pupils with SEND will be recognised and provided for in curriculum planning.  Where appropriate, differentiation/alternative curriculum will be outlined within planning for the class, group and/or the pupil’s Individual Education Plan or PIP.
  • Pupils with SEND must experience success in tasks and activities presented; and their work must be planned in order to match their level, interest, style and pace of learning. Activities must reflect high expectations, but should be broken down into small, achievable steps.
  • Pupils generally work within the class setting, but there may be occasions when pupils are withdrawn for extra support or specific interventions. This decision is made by the SENCo in conjunction with the class teacher. Interventions may be small group or 1:1.
  • Some pupils may have a work station and support from an LSP; this is usually relevant to pupils with an EHC plan.
  • Pupils will be assessed regularly and their progress recorded, reviewed and evaluated. Intervention should be measurable and targeted specifically.
  • Pupils identified with Social, Emotional & Mental Health needs are assessed using the Boxall Profile and Emotional Literacy Assessments and offered appropriate interventions which may include referral to INSPIRE for short term placements if required.
  1. Family Welfare Officers


  • The school has two Family Welfare Officers who are deployed to support children and their families.
  • The Family Welfare Officers have drop in clinics daily for children who need a listening ear.
  • Children can be referred to the Family Welfare Officers via the SENCo, teachers, the child themselves or parents. A referral sheet must be completed and parental permission gained.
  • The Family Links Champions run interventions for parents and children such as; Police Cadets, Mini Yoga, Emotion Coaching, Sparkles, Family Learning and reflection Time.
  1. Safeguarding

The safeguarding of our pupils is of paramount importance. We have a safeguarding team who meet on a regular basis. The team supports pupils and families and works closely with Social Care. See the Safeguarding policy for further details.



  1. External Support


  • Each year the school is assigned an Educational Psychologist who visits the school when requested to offer support to staff and to work with pupils assessing their individual needs.  The Educational Psychologist can advise if an EHCP application should be made.
  • The SENCo liaises, when appropriate, with a network of external support, including Health, Social Care, Inclusion Services, Educational Psychology Service, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, advisory teachers for visually and hearing impaired, The Access to Learning Team (Behaviour Support), CAMHS, School Counsellor and Special School Outreach Support.
  1. Nurture Group
  • Acorn Wood at Abbey Hulton Primary School is a room designed especially with a nurturing feel. Children who are identified as having SEMHD can access Nurture group for 1-4 terms, depending on their individual needs.  These are children who may need more small group support in a nurturing environment. Children have the opportunity to develop relationships with staff and other children in a consistent, predictable environment, where they can build self-esteem, confidence and independence. See the Nurture Parents Booklet for further information.
  1. Parents/Carers


  • All parents of children with SEND should be treated as partners.
  • All parents should have knowledge of their child’s entitlement within the SEND framework.
  • All parents should be consulted before a child is placed on the SEND register when signed permission is gained.
  • All parents should have access to information, advice and support during assessment and any related decision making processes about SEND provision.
  • All parents should be involved in the review of IEPs and EHC Plans.
  • The school should acknowledge and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.
  • The school should ensure that parents understand procedures and are aware of how to access support.
  • Parents are welcome into school to discuss their child at any time, with a member of the SLT, the class teacher, the SENCo or the Family Welfare Officers.
  • Parents will be invited into school to discuss their child’s progress at two parents’ evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms. They will also be invited to meet with the SENCo each term.
  • The SEN team are available most days for parents to drop in.
  1. Transition Arrangements


  • The SENCo and/or the Y6 teacher meet with a representative from all local High Schools to ensure smooth transition from Primary to Secondary education.
  • Enhanced transition arrangements are put in place for the most vulnerable pupils.
  • Where a child moves school within the primary age range we forward all necessary paperwork as quickly as possible and endeavour to speak to the SENCo, Head Teacher or class teacher at the new school.
  • Any child making a transition to a special school will have a period of transition organised prior to their departure and will be fully supported by the school, the SENCo, the Family Welfare Officers and the class teacher.
  1. Pupil Participation


  • The staff and governors value the contribution of all the children in the school.  Their ideas and opinions are respected and where possible acted upon if appropriate.  Children contribute to target setting for their IEPs and are consulted during the review process. Where appropriate pupils with an EHC Plan are invited to contribute to their own annual review meeting.
  • Pupils are involved in self-assessment at the end of intervention programmes.
  1. Monitoring, review and evaluation
  • The SENCo monitors IEPs half termly and PIPs termly.
  • The SENCo monitors class SEND files once per term.
  • The progress of SEND pupils is monitored through Pupils Progress Meetings, with the class teacher and the SLT. Pupils who are not making expected progress or who are cause for concern are then discussed with the SENCo.
  • The SENCo meets with class teachers termly to discuss progress of SEND pupils.
  • Intervention programmes are monitored through Baseline assessments, progress through standardised tests, pupil progress levels and observations.
  • The SEND policy is evaluated and reviewed annually by the SENCo. It is then evaluated and reviewed with the Governing Body and shared with staff.
  • The SENCo/SLT will complete learning walks and book scans termly.






  1. Key Staff


Head Teacher                                              

Mrs L William

Deputy Head Teacher                                    

Mrs L Brookes


Mrs M Brookfield

Assistant SENCo

Mrs J Poole

SEND Assistant

Miss A Burton

Family Welfare Officers                             

Miss S Ballantyne & Mrs E Burton

Learning Support Assistants

Mr S Pickford, Mrs L Enoch, Mrs K Tamburello, Mrs C Chambers, Mrs R Richardson

Educational Psychologist

Val Legg


Mrs L Williams, Mrs L Brookes, Mrs C Pearse, Mrs M Brookfield, Mrs E Burton, Miss S Ballantyne

Acorn Wood Staff

Mrs M Brookfield, Mrs J Poole, Mrs K Tamburello, Mrs M Arrowsmith

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  1. Signatures

Headteacher:   L.Williams                                                          Date: 16.01.2020

SENCO:            M. Brookfield                                                          Date: 16.01.2020

SEN Governor: ______________________________________ Date: ______________