At Darrington School we strongly believe that all our learners have gifts and talents and regard it as a privilege to find and nurture the growth of each child. All children are special and may have varying levels of Specific Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) that we aim to cater for within the daily routine. Some children experience greater difficulty in learning compared to most children of the same age. Other children are particulary gifted. All pupils have daily access to well-planned and differentiated work that provides opportunities to challenge and extend every child’s learning. Some will benefit from the extra help given by the support staff who are available to encourage and guide children towards achieving their full potential.
Pupils have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty or disability (LDD), which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Pupils may also need extra support if they have on or more of the following needs:
- Learning difficulties
- Communication difficulties
- ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Specific learning difficulties
- Physical difficulties and medical needs
- Sensory difficulties
- Behaviour, emotional and social difficulties, including mental health
As an inclusive school, we strive to make all reasonable adjustments to meet the learning needs of all our pupils. This SEND policy details how our school will do its best to ensure that the necessary provision is made to include any pupil who has SEND. Our school will have made regard to the ‘Special Educational Needs Code of Practice’ when carrying out its duties towards all pupils with SEND. The school will ensure that the parents are notified of a decision by the school that SEND provision is being made for their child. Partnership with parents plays a key role in enabling pupils with SEND to achieve their potential. Our school recognises that parents hold information and have knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a pupil’s needs and the best ways of supporting them. All parents of pupils with SEND will be treated as partners and supported to play an active and valued role in their child’s education. Pupils with SEND often have knowledge of their own needs and their views about what sort of help they would like to make the most of their education. They will be encouraged to participate in all decision-making processes and contribute to the assessment of their needs, the review and transition process.
The Local Authority supports pupils within our school via its policy of special needs integration. This support includes advice to enable us to fulfil our legal requirements as well as specialist services for pupils for whom a Statement of Special Needs or an Education, Health, Care Plan has been written. Click here for more information on the Wakefield Local Authority SEND Local Offer
If you have any queries concerning SEND, please contact our SENDCo, Mrs Lyndsay Ranby at email@example.com