Special Needs at Belvidere Primary
Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)
Belvidere Primary is an inclusive school and may offer the following range of provision to support children with SEND. Here is a link to our Local Offer Service Card, which can be found on the Shropshire Council Website. Click here for access.
School SENCO : Mrs J Pollitt
Governor SENCO : Mrs D Watkins
Local Offer, School SEND Report and SEND Policy
SEN Information Report
In line with the new SEN Code of Practise, 2014, all schools are required to produce a SEN Information Report. Please see below for our full SEN Information Report and our Local Offer.
What is the Local Offer? The draft Children and Families Bill (2013) outlines the Government’s plans to require Local Authorities to publish information on services and provision across education, health and social care for children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The purpose of a local offer is to enable parents and carers to see more clearly what services are available for children with SEND in their area and how to access them. The information below forms our local offer and shows how we have, for many years, provided for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Under the new legislation, local authorities and schools are required to provide a “local offer” so that parents are clear what to expect. https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/local-offer/what-is-the-local-offer
What is a Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND)? A pupil has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision. This means provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 Year (2014) identifies Children’s SEND in four broad areas of need:
- 1. Communication and Interaction. This could include: Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) – children may have difficulty saying what they want, difficulty understanding what is being said or do not understand or use social rules. Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder may have difficulties with social interaction, language, communication, imagination.
- Cognition and Learning. This could include: Learning difficulties—children learn at a slower pace than their peers even when changes have been made to the curriculum; Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) where a child is likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and there may also be difficulties with mobility and communication; Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) – a child will have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment. Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) – affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This includes a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. This could include: Social and emotional difficulties which may result in a child becoming withdrawn or isolated or displaying challenging, disruptive and disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health issues e.g. anxiety, depression, self- harm or eating disorders; Attention deficit disorder; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
- Sensory and/or physical needs. This could include: A disability which prevents them from making use of the facilities usually provided in a school e.g. Vision Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Multi-sensory Impairment (combination of vision and hearing). These children are likely to need special equipment to access their learning; Physical disability—some children may need additional ongoing support and equipment to access all opportunities available to other children.