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Westbourne Primary School

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Westbourne Primary School

Westbourne is a mainstream primary school that supports each child to thrive personally, socially and academically. We give our children opportunities to develop enquiring minds, a lifelong love of learning and to become well rounded member of the community.

 

At Westbourne, we strongly believe in celebrating every success and preparing our children for the future. We acknowledge that support should be offered within the classroom environment where possible, but recognise that there are also occasions when some children will receive support in a setting more suitable for their learning needs. We aim to work alongside other agencies providing both emotional and practical support for parents and children whose needs require multi-agency partnerships.

 

We trust this information report below, together with our SEND policy, provides you with a flavour of our inclusive approach at Westbourne Primary School.

 

What is SEND?

The SEND Code of Practice defines Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND) as,

“A child or young person has a SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or

b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.” (pg.16)

“A person is disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities” (The Equalities Act 2010, pg. 5).

 

Who should I contact to discuss the concerns or needs of my child?

If a parent has any concerns about their child, the first person to speak to will be the child's class teacher.  Class teachers are responsible for the progress of the children in their class and therefore, will be able to offer guidance and support for your child.

 

At different points in time, some children will need additional support in their learning. It may be that the child has a gap in their learning or a barrier which can be overcome through short term intervention or support.

 

The school recognises that the parent knows their child best and will do what they can to support both child and parents.

 

We ensure that the parents are:

  • Involved in supporting their child’s learning and can access the curriculum. 
  • Kept informed about the range and level of support offered to their child’s development and progress. 
  • Liaising with external agencies who can offer advice and support to help pupils overcome any difficulties. 
  • Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs. 

All concerns will be discussed with the school’s SENDCo – Miss Aves.

(Miss Aves can be contacted via this email address: senco@westbourne.sutton.sch.uk)

 

So that parents are aware of the support available from our school, and through services within Sutton, we provide additional information in our SEND Information Report and SEND Policy (please see our website for links to these documents).

 

Further information about Sutton’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs can be found on  the following website: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/info/200611/suttons_local_offer

 

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