We embrace the fact that every child is different, and therefore, the educational needs of every child is different. This is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.
What are Special Educational Needs?
A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England.
Health care provision or social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision (Code of Practice 2014).
How does a school know if children need extra help?
We know when pupils need help if:
- Concerns are raised by parents/carers, teachers, or the pupil’s previous school
- A pupil asks for help
- Tracking of attainment outcomes indicate a lack of progress
- Pupil observation indicates that they have additional needs in one of the four areas
- 1. Communication and Interaction
- 2. Cognition and Learning
- 3. Social, mental and emotional health
- 4. Sensory/physical
What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?
If you have concerns then please firstly discuss these with your child’s teacher. This may then result in a referral to the school SEN Inclusion Team. All parents will be listened to. Their views and aspirations for their child will be central to the assessment and provision that is provided by the school.
For specific guidance for supporting SEND pupils during COVID-19, click here.
We have published our draft Disability Equality Scheme on our website in order to give disabled people a chance to comment on the Scheme.
An announcement from Family fund…
”We are very pleased to confirm that the Department for Education has committed an additional £10 million in emergency funding for Family Fund, in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. This will make an incredible difference, and help us support thousands more families in England during this crisis.”
Find out more; including how to apply, by clicking here
Sources of support
For families with disabled children, they have free online workshops for parents/carers, you can find more information on their website: https://contact.org.uk/about-us/family-workshops/
They also have a closed Facebook group for families with disabled children which has recently been set up. https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/new-closed-facebook-group/
They discuss money matters, encouraging positive behaviour and well being.
Please send comments to Laura Smith Assistant Principal/SENCO at firstname.lastname@example.org
FACE – Walsall Parent Carer Forum
FACE Walsall is the Parent Carer forum for the borough of Walsall and is led by parents for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional support needs and disabilities in Walsall. They work in partnership with commissioners and service providers across health, social services and education. For more information, click here.
Walsall Information Advice and Support Service (SEND)
Walsall’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information and Advice Support (SENDIAS) service provides free and impartial support to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), and their parents and carers.
Click here for more information.