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The Special Education Needs and Disabilities graduated approach

Some children find it much harder to learn than other children of the same age. They may need extra help in school or nursery. These children are said to have special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND).

It is important to identify these needs as soon as possible. Teachers continually check the progress children are making and will adapt their teaching for children having difficulties.

A very few children will have very severe or complex difficulties which require a detailed multi-disciplinary assessment by the local authority which may lead to a statement of special educational needs. Most children with special educational needs have their needs met in their local school, without the need for a statement.

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice gives guidance to schools and the local authority on how they should provide help for children.


How can schools help children with special educational needs?

When a teacher first thinks a child has special educational needs they will look at how they can adapt their teaching and the work they ask the child to do. This is called differentiation.

If they think the child needs support additional to or different from other children in class they will talk to the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) sometimes known as the Inclusion Coordinator. The SENCo may suggest strategies that the class or subject teacher can use.

They may also decide that the child needs some additional support. This is called School/Early Years Action and the school will involve you in any decisions that they make about how to help your child make progress and they will review these decisions at least twice a year with you.

Parents will always be told when their child is having special educational provision and you will have a chance to to give your views to the school about this.

Please click below to view our SEND information report and pathway:

-SEND Pathway.pdf-  

-SEND Information report.pdf-  

-Waltham Forest SEND guide for parents.pdf-  

Name and contact details of the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO):
Mrs Ailsa Betts on the school telephone number


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