Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) policy

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Approved by Governors: 
29 April 2019
Due for review: 
April 2022
Author: 
Kit Sharpe

A pupil is identified as having a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability that calls for personalised educational provision to be made for him or her.  This may mean that a pupil has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of pupils of the same age, or a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. Special educational provision means provision that is additional to or otherwise different from that which is made generally for pupils of the same age in other schools (Children and Families Act 2014). The Equality Act 2010 identifies the fact that many children and young people who have SEND may have a disability and schools must make reasonable adjustments to ensure that they are not at a substantial disadvantage compared to their peers. However, not all children defined as disabled will require this provision. A child with asthma or diabetes, for example, may not have special educational needs, but may still have rights under the Equality Act 2010. We will assess each child as required, and make the appropriate provision, based on their identified needs. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Access Plan and the Medical Conditions Policy.

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