Special Educational Needs and Disability

Our staff work hard in identifying any special educational needs (SEN) that pupils may have to ensure that they can access the curriculum being taught and successfully progress.

Everyone in the school community, governors, staff, pupils and parents have a positive part to play in achieving provision for pupils with SEN.

If you have any concerns with your child’s learning please speak to their class teacher in the first instance.

Where necessary, they will consult with the school Senco and they will work together with you to put strategies in place to support your child.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Senco)

Mrs Naomi Coleman is the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (Senco) for the ASPIRE Federation and is responsible for the day to day operation of the SEN policy.

Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)

A child or young person has SEN 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 if he or she:

a) Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or 

b) 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

[SEND Code of Practice, 2015]

Key information

Our objectives revolve around:

  • we provide a caring environment where pupils can learn and develop to their full potential
  • all our pupils have access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum
  • we value the contributions and achievements of all pupils 
  • our staff respond to individual needs where necessary
  • we see all pupils as individuals with differing interests, knowledge and skills
  • we recognise that support is an entitlement for all children who may need it, rather than a special addition to their education