Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The SENCo’s (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) from each of the schools within the Westfield Family have been working closely together over the last year to improve the quality of support available for our pupils who have additional needs. Processes and systems have now much more standardised across our 10 schools, including the use of Pupil Friendly IEPs (Individual Education Plans) and the One Page Profiles.
The SENCo group is working hard to ensure that you, as parents, have a high level of input into the targets that are set and the provision that your child receives at school. After all, you know your child far better than we do. Your advice and input into the SEN review system is crucial for us to be able to support your child to the best of our ability.
NOT ONLY ARE WE PROUD OF THE IMPACT THAT OUR IMPROVEMENTS ARE ALREADY HAVING ON OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, WE ARE ALSO WORKING IN LINE WITH THE PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SEN CODE OF PRACTICE. PLEASE SPEAK TO OUR SCHOOL’S SENCO, MRS MICHELLE TAYLOR TEL: 0114 2484943 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
THE NEW CODE OF PRACTICE
The new Code of Practice was made statutory on 1st September 2014. There are some changes that we are currently implementing across the Family of Schools, although we feel confident as a group of SENCOs that we are already meeting lots of the requirements from the new Code. We aim to have fully implemented the changes from the New Code by the end of December 2014, which is ahead of the July 2015 deadline recommended by Sheffield Local Authority.
The SEND Code of Practice is statutory guidance from the Department for Education on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations (a list of regulations is given in 1.3 of Code of Practice).
Main Points of the SEND Code of Practice:
- The Code of Practice covers children and young people aged 0-25 years
- There is a clearer focus on the views of children and young people, and on their role in decision-making
- It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health services and social care
- For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
- There is new guidance on the support pupils and students should receive in education and training settings
- There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEND to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
SEN, ASD, ADHD, NQT …..
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