SEND Local Offer
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
What does this mean for you?
Legislation states that Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person's ability to learn. They can affect their:
- behaviour or ability to socialise, for example, they struggle to make friends
- reading and writing, for example, they struggle to make friends
- ability to understand things
- concentration levels, for example, because they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- physical ability
Definition of Special Educational Needs
Legislation defines a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) as having:
- a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children his or her age
- a disability which either prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided in nurseries and schools, within the area of the local authority concerned for children of his or her age
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Law
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) law refers to the law in England which protects the rights of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to access the best possible educational and other outcomes. This is not just about children and young people with statements of Education Health Care Plans - it is about all children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. SEND law is contained in various places, with the best place to start being the SEND Code of Practice. This contains guidance on how and when a child or young person will need additional support.
Special Educational Needs Policy
Fairfield Nursery School's Special Educational Needs Policy (under Policies) includes details regarding the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), the Panel for Vulnerable Children and the key responsibilities of the SENCO, in addition to further aspects of SEND in connection with the Nursery School.
Local Authorities have statutory duties to develop and publish a Local Offer outlining the support they expect to be available for local children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabilities. Fairfield Nursery School has produced a Local Offer for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Lancashire Local Offer is also accessible through Facebook as a further means of on-line parent/carer support or via their website.
Where Else Can I Easily Access Information for SEND?
There is a plethora of SEND information available on-line and it can be time consuming trying to find information to suit your needs. With this in mind a list of websites regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has been produced to help parents and professionals access further information regarding SEND. Click here to go straight to the links page