Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

At Stanwix Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey.
Quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

The Special Needs Co-ordinator is: Mrs Sara Ruddick
Roles & Responsibilities of the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO).
Our SENCO is responsible for the implementation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN. She liaises with staff to monitor the pupil’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. She teaches small focus groups, providing extra literacy support, where necessary. She regularly has contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice.
If you have any concerns regarding SEN matters do not hesitate to contact her.
There are many SEN terms that are abbreviated which can lead to confusion (even for us!). Below is a glossary of the most used SEN terms.

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BESD Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
COP Code of Practice
CP Child Protection
DCD Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
EAL English as an Additional Language
EP Educational Psychologist
FSM Free School Meals
HI Hearing Impairment
IEP Individual Education Plan
LAC Looked After Child
LEA Local Education Authority
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulty
OT Occupational Therapist
SaLT Speech & Language Therapy
SEN Special Educational Needs
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty

Children and Families Bill 2013

The Children and Families Bill takes forward the Coalition Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support strong families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Bill will reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.

The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Bill will extend the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.

It takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by:

  • Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need.
  • Improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together;

Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support.