Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion
Our school prides itself in its ability to offer and successfully deliver a full curriculum that is inclusive to all children, irrespective of need. The SEND team works very closely with all of the teaching staff and, as a result, are able to support children with a wide range of academic, physical and social needs. This may be in the form of classroom based support or withdrawn support, often in small group or one-to-one sessions using resources from within the school and from the support services within the Authority. The school maintains very close working relationships with children, staff, parents and other agencies. Indeed, partnership with parents is of the utmost importance. We encourage parents to discuss progress regularly with class teachers and where necessary the SENDCo.
The SENDCo for our school is Mrs Harmer.
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The SEND Team consists of our SENDCo, Specialist Teacher, an ELSA, an Elklan trained Speech and Language Teaching Assistant and a Learn to Move trained Teaching Assistant.
The school is proud of its ability to support children with a variety of special needs and has taken steps to ensure that all children are treated equally. As a result the school is suitably equipped to deal with a wide range of individual needs. The school and the governing body regularly review its provision for children with special needs and ensure that its staff are well prepared and trained.
If you would like to discuss any issue regarding your child and Special Educational Needs and Disability, please give the school a call and we will be happy to provide both information and support.
For more information on SEND within education please read these useful guides
Please click on the link below for our SEND policy.
The Local Offer
All schools and Local Authorities now have a responsibility to publish a 'Local Offer'. This contains information about local provision for children and young people who are disabled and those with special educational needs (SEND). Each school also publishes its own School Information Report.
Please click the link below for our School Information Report.
Below is also the link to Dorset's local offer - further information for children with special educational needs and/or a disability.
Services for Dorset parents
There are a range of local services that can help to support families of children who have SEND. We have listed below some that may be particularly useful.
Dorset Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)
Dorset SENDIASS are a free, impartial and confidential service who provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN and/or a disability.
Dorset Parent Carer Council (DPCC)
Dorset Parent Carer Council is run by parents for parents and their families. Their aim is to help improve the lives and opportunities for families and children and young people who are disabled in Dorset. They are doing this by being a voice to inform all agencies and services about the needs of disabled children and their families in Dorset. Contact them
Tel: 07827 793 244
Contact A Family - For Families With Disabled Children
Contact a Family is the only national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.
Tel: 01179 711334 Mobile: 07920 654866
Dorset Family Information Directory
Provides information to families on services in Dorset.
General Information Sites
We have also listed some more general websites that may be of use.