Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEN/D) Information
What do we believe?
Our overarching aim is to create an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance, respect for achievements and sensitivity to individual needs, in which all pupils can thrive. At Sefton Park, we believe in participation for all learners. We aim to create an inclusive culture in our school with all children participating in learning. We celebrate all members of our community and respond to all children’s individual needs. We are committed to ensuring that every child is supported to achieve their full potential.
There is a whole school approach to SEN/D in our school – it is everyone’s responsibility and concern.
What is SEN/D?
Children have SEN/D if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision that is 'additional and different' to be made for them. There are four main areas of need within SEND: Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, Sensory and/or Physical.
If we identify a child as having additional needs or SEN/D, teachers will create a profile, in consultation with our SENDCo, that details the child's strengths and needs and strategies and provision required to meet the child's needs. This begins a four-part cycle called 'Assess-Plan-Do-Review'. More information about this cycle can be found in our SEN/D Policy and One Page Summary at the bottom of this page.
The SENDCo at Sefton Park is Rebecca Earnshaw, Inclusion Leader. Rebecca is an experienced classroom teacher and Bristol SENDCo. She also holds an additional post-graduate qualification in SEN Co-ordination and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Rebecca can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns regarding the support provided by Sefton Park Schools for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEN/D), please refer to our Complaints Procedure.
Our SENDCo will hold regular slots for parents and carers to come and discuss any concerns they may have regarding their child’s learning, development or well-being. Appointments are for 30 minutes and can be booked by contacting Miss Earnshaw on the email above.
Dates for January - July 2023 are listed below.
Our SEND Information Report (or ‘School Offer’) is part of the Bristol Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We have a requirement to publish this document and review it annually. It contains information about our procedures and provision for children with SEN/D. It also contains information on
- the arrangements for the admission of disabled pupils
- the steps we have taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils
- the facilities we provide to help disabled pupils to access the school
Below is the plan prepared under paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010 (accessibility plan) for:
- increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum
- improving the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by the school
- improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled
The Local Offer
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as “a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEND and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEND as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child” The Bristol Local Offer can be found here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/bristol-local-offer
Please find below a link to Bristol City Council's Written Statement of Action. OFSTED require the WSoA to be published on local school websites, so that parents, carers, children and young people can understand the actions BCC are taking to improve the effectiveness of the local area in identifying and meeting needs and improving outcomes for children and young people who have SEND.