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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy

Vision Statement

Sythwood is a Rights Respecting School and Children’s Centre.

All members of our school community are entitled to a safe, secure and caring environment. It is everybody's responsibility to ensure that this happens.

All of us have rights - the right to feel safe, to learn and to be respected.

All of us have responsibilities - to keep others safe, to ensure others can learn, and to respect ourselves and others.

We encourage all children, parents, staff and other stakeholders to be aware of, to practice and to appreciate their own rights. We expect all to pay careful consideration to the responsibility they have to enable all others to do the same. 

Definition of SEN

At Sythwood, we use the definition of SEN and for disability from the SEN Code of Practice 2015. This states:

SEN: 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 education 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.

Disbility: Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day

 Key Roles and Responibilities


The SENCO has day- to- day responsibility for the operation of the SEN policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children identified with SEN, including those who have statements of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). Part of the role of the SENCO is to coordinate arrangements with the class teacher regarding those children identified with SEN and disabilities.

Inquiries about an individual child’s progress should be addressed at first to the class teacher since he or she is the person who knows the child best. Other enquiries can be addressed to Sinead Campey SENCO.

SENCO Name  Sinead Campey (lead), Victoria Macdonald and Jaime Gridley

Contact details 01483 770063

SLT Member   James Knights (Deputy Head) is a member of Senior Leadership Team.

SEN Governor   Paula Benham

Designated member of staff for Safeguarding Elliot Cole, Emma Elliot, James Knights and Michelle Jolly

Designated member of staff for LAC Emma Elliott

Designated member of staff for PP  Elliot Cole

Designated member of staff for meeting medical needs of pupils James Knights

Lead teacher, Specialist Centre for Vision Impairment Frances Cole

EAL co-ordinator: Sajida Raza

SEN Teachers: Jo Bedford (Reading Recovery)

QTVIs: Frances Cole, Vanesa Rose (commences training September 2019)

Lead DSL: Michelle Jolly