What is SEND in Schools?
A pupil has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which requires special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.
A child may also have SEN if they have a disability which prevents or hinders him/her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
What do schools have to do?
All schools have a duty to be accessible and inclusive for the children within their community.
It is their job to support parents in providing the best possible education for children.
As part of the changes being implemented by the Department for Education in 2014 all schools must publish information about how they support special needs pupils.
This is called the “Local Offer”. Schools must also publish information on their website about how they support SEND pupils within their own establishment.
Please continue to read what the Derby offer is for SEND and other links and expert advice.
Follow this link to find out what Derby City Council's local offer is and what other support you can get .
SEND Policy from Brackensdale ER Primary School - read how they detail what they offer their children and how staff members have clear duties.
Download the official government guide for parents and carers.
Child Law Advice is a charity which has produced this good clear and concise explanation of what is SEND, what is classed as SEND, what do nurseries and schools do to meet the needs of SEND children, additional SEND resources and what if your child needs more support.
Family Lives has a lots of support for you to read find out what signs to look out for if your child is struggling and how to support and get the right support from school. Click here to read more.
Derby City Council can provide how an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan can help some children and young people.You may hear things from different sources about the EHC plan process. They have listed some of the most common things people hear and explained what really happens in their Myth Buster.
Follow Parent Carers Together CIC Facebook Group for support and keeping connected during these uncertain times.
They endeavour to keep SEND family needs at the heart of their community.
Taken from their FaceBook Account:
As we enter uncertain times, we want Derby City parent carers to know we are in this 'TOGETHER'. We are passionate about having those conversations, to rethink support and maximise help. Looking out for each other and sticking together will be what pulls us through the challenges that lay ahead.
Never has there been a need for us to build resilience, feel informed and be part of a community than there is now. Being part of social connections that understand our family's uniqueness will be critical to us all getting by.
We were tasked with questioning what would help; we knew what our members need; 'Real' action, in real-time from experts who can help. We know you need a fantastic team of professionals who can bring support directly to your homes when you need it the most for the foreseeable.