‘The working relationship of the governors and leadership is a real strength of the school. This combined with the commitment of the SENCo demonstrates that the school has a good handle on special educational needs and children who attend Spaldwick Primary will be supported to achieve their very best.’ Cambridgeshire L.A / Spaldwick School S.E.N. Review, March 2017
All Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The broad areas of SEND need are:
- Communication and Interaction.
- Cognition and Learning.
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
- Sensory and/or Physical.
What is the Local Offer? The LA Local Offer
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The school’s local offer: Spaldwick School’s SEN Information Report. [in response to LA local offer]
We aim to give all children the capacity, confidence and self-esteem to reach for the school vision which is ‘Where every day is a chance to Learn and Succeed’
We create a happy, safe and secure environment for all children to enable them to feel comfortable and be able to apply themselves in a positive and controlled way.
Our experience tells us that every child is unique – we understand and appreciate the importance of children aiming for personal goals and aspirations and celebrate all progress, achievements and successes.
We have strong relationships with our community – working together to promote understanding, cooperation and a supportive, nurturing environment.
We are committed to ensuring all children make progress through nurturing, encouragement, praise and the space to explore and enquire.
To help children to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
Our local offer
We are committed to meeting the individual needs of all of our children. As an inclusive school, we provide a differentiated and creative curriculum dependent on the child’s needs. It is important to us that all children are able to learn in a positive and stimulating environment.
We aim to ensure the early identification of children requiring SEND provision and that the best provision is in place for individuals. Parents are fully informed and are encouraged to have an active role in enabling support for their child. Parents regularly attend meetings to discuss their child’s progress and attainment.
We regularly liaise with outside agencies to access specialist support and training for our staff, in order to meet the needs of individual children who need extra support.
At Spaldwick Primary School, our staff are experienced in working with a variety of areas in SEND. We offer small group or individualised intervention programmes to help pupils make progress, alongside emotional and behavioural sessions promoting social skills and understanding. We are proactive and aim to provide appropriate support for individuals as far as the school budget will allow.
Dyslexia Friendly Schools Numicon Training
Visual Impairment Training Makaton
British Sign Language ASC Training
Specific Learning Difficulties (ADHD)
ELKLAN training Team Teach
Moving and Handling Training Anaphylaxis and Epipen/Jext training
Paediatric First Aid Administration of Medication
Radio Aid Training
Spaldwick Community Primary Special Education Needs Policy: SEND policy 2017
If your child has a Special Educational Need and you would like to know more about our school- please contact:
Miss R Prior Head Teacher [email@example.com]
Mrs V Arbuthnott, Deputy Head Teacher/Inclusion Manager [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Tel: 01480 890371
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Disability Equality Policy: disability-equality-policy-september-2016
[page updated 28/08/2017]