What is SEND?
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It is a term used to describe children whose needs require any form of support in addition to that of their peers. There are 4 categories of need defined by the code of practice, these are;
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Physical and Sensory
- Communication and Interaction
Child can have areas of need within one or more of these categories
Legal requirements - which Acts we comply with
Legally we must comply with section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014, and Regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
What is the SENDco role?
Our SENDCo is Mrs Helen Baig and her role is to coordinate the provision for the children with SEND across the school. The SENDCo works closely with teachers and parents to make sure children with SEND get the support they need and regularly reviews the provision in place to ensure it is having a positive impact.
Admissions arrangements for children with SEND
If your child is coming through nursery or pre-school then please speak to your child's SENCo to arrange a transition visit. When applying to Farcet, and your child has additional needs, then please ask to speak to Helen Baig, the SENCo.
Steps we have taken to ensure all pupils with SEND are treated fairly
All children have the right to an education regardless of their ability. At Farcet we ensure our children have access to any required resources and outside agencies.
What is a EHC plan?
EHCP stands for Education Health and Care Plan. This is a plan of support put in place for a small number of children. If it is agreed within school that we should apply for an EHCP, the SENDCo will work with the class teachers and parents to complete the paper work and provide the evidence for the application, this will highlight why the child requires a higher level of support than can be offered through our in school SEND support. This application will then go to a Local Authority panel and they will decide if an assessment should take place or not. If the assessment goes ahead, a meeting is held with a representative from the local authority, the SENDCo, parents and any other professional involved with the child and an assessment is carried out. Within this assessment, targets are set based on the areas of need of the child. This assessment is taken to a final panel to decide if it should be finalised into a plan. If it is agreed to be a final plan the local authority decide upon any additional funding required to support the child. This plan is then reviewed annually to ensure it stays up to date and the targets are relevant. The local authority currently advise that around 2% of the population have needs significant enough to require an EHCP.
We offer pastoral care within school via our Family Link Worker Mrs Oldfield.
Please click on the links below to read about our SEN provision and how we support those children who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, and their families.
CLICK HERE to visit Cambridgeshire's Local Offer page