Special Education Needs

What is changing?

From 1 September 2014 there will be changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported. The Government has recently published a new SEN Code of Practice. The new system means that your local authority and school has to make sure you and your child are fully involved in decisions about how we support your child’s special educational needs and disabilities in future. Please download the brochure at the bottom of this page for more information.

What does it mean for my child?

These changes will not affect the level and type of support we offer to your children.  The SEND Code of Practice says that schools should use a four-part cycle (Assess, Plan, Do and Review) to support your child with special educational needs. This is something we are already doing. We identify the extra support your child needs in order to make progress, put this support in place, and regularly check how well it is working, so that we can change the amount or kind of support if we need to. We will continue to meet those parents with children who have SEN on a regular basis. These meetings will either be with the class teacher and/or with the SENCo.

What is the Local Offer?

Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the 'Local Offer'. The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Cambridgeshire county council has published their ‘local offer’ making clear which services are available for children with SEN locally. Please click the following link to view Cambridgeshire's Local Offer.

What is the Special Education Needs Information Report?

From September 2014 all schools will be required to publish an SEN Information Report on their school website. This will set out in detail information about implementation of the governing body's policy for pupils with SEN. It includes arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN. Please click on the link below to view our draft information report.