What are special educational needs?
A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a 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 whicheducates or trains a child or young person may also to be treated as special educationalprovision, depending on its nature. (Code of Practice 2014)
What do we mean by "SEN"?
The term special educational needs (SEN) has a legal definition which is set out in the Education Act 1996. The term SEN covers a wide range of types of need including:
- learning and cognition
- speech, language and communication
- sensory and physical impairment
- behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
What do we mean by "disability"?
The Equality Act, 2010, defines a child with a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial or a long term effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day tasks.
Due to their disability they will require support in areas of education, health, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural development. Such disabilities include:
- a physical disability
- a significant and long term learning difficulty
- a severe communication disorder
- autism spectrum disorder
- multiple and complex health needs or chronic illness.
Leadership of SEN provision
The member of staff designated to have oversight and a co-ordinating role with regard to SEN provision is the Headteacher, Mrs Sue Butcher.
Mrs Butcher will liaise with Class Teachers, Teaching Assistants and External Support Services.
At Beenham Primary School, Karen Catlin is the SEN Governor. The Governing Body as a whole is responsible for making provision for pupils with special educational needs.