Identifying the Special Educational Needs of Pupils

At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need.  The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEN as follows:

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

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

Children may ‘fall behind’ for many reasons.  At Rivacre Valley we understand that children may have other barriers to learning.  These can include absence, attending a number of different schools, having difficulties speaking English or having worries that may distract them.  This can make such children vulnerable. However, this does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN.

Where pupil’s progress is significantly slower than that of their peers, or fails to match their previous rate of progress, despite high quality teaching targeted at specific areas of difficulty, it may be that the child has SEN.  Information will be gathered, including seeking the views of parents and the pupil, as well as from teachers and assessments.  Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.

Responsibilities for ensuring that Policies and Procedures are followed lie with:

The Headteacher:                     Mrs K Docherty

The AHT/Inclusion Manager:    Miss J Hughes

The SEN Governor:                 Mrs G Flynn

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress, please speak to your class teacher in the first instance.

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