Special Educational Needs (SEN) Policy
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 Victoria Macdonald, SENCO.
SENCO Name Victoria Macdonald
Contact details 01483 770063
SLT Member Gill Wilson (Assistant Head for Inclusion) is a member of Senior Leadership Team.
SEN Governor Paula Benham
Designated member of staff for Safeguarding Gill Wilson and Michelle Jolly
Designated member of staff for LAC Gill Wilson
Designated member of staff for PP Gill Wilson
Designated member of staff for meeting medical needs of pupils Gill Wilson(mainstream) Ellie Carpenter (Specialist Centre of Vision Impairment)
Lead teacher, Specialist Centre for Vision Impairment Ellie Carpenter
EAL co-ordinator: Sajida Raza
SEN Teachers: Jane Bunce, Sinead Campey (Numbers Count), Jo Bedford (Reading Recovery)
QTVIs: Gill Wilson, Frances Cole, Ellie Carpenter
DSL: Michelle Jolly