Special Educational needs and disabilities statement
OUR SEND ETHOS
At South Stoke Primary we are committed to helping every child succeed and achieve their full potential. We recognise that every single child is different, with their own unique talents, but every child is equally precious. We know that children come to school with different strengths and experiences and at some point, many children may find some aspects of school challenging. These may be academic, social, behavioural or emotional challenges. At our school, we share an inclusive ethos and a commitment to supporting all children.
For more information about how we support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please read our school SEND Information Report.
DEFINITION OF SEND
A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
• have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
• have a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
(Code of Practice DfE 2014)
IDENTIFICATION, ASSESSMENT AND PROVISION
The school will follow the guidance contained within the Oxfordshire County Council document Identifying and Supporting Special Educational Needs (OCC 2014).
Where learners are not making expected progress and are significantly behind their peers, evidence is gathered from school, home and the learner themself to make a detailed assessment of need and put in place appropriate support. For those with the most complex needs, an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan will be agreed.
ADMISSION OF PUPILS WITH DISABILITIES
In accordance with legal requirements, children who have an Educational, Health and Care Plan naming the school in that plan will always be admitted. Children with disabilities who need to be admitted to a school on the grounds of physical accessibility have a priority in the school’s Admission Policy.
Access and provision for pupils with disabilities
In its day to day operation, the school will work to
promote equality of opportunity for disabled pupils to all aspects of school life
eliminate discrimination and harassment
use every opportunity to promote positive attitudes towards people with a disability
encourage participation by people with a disability in the life of the school
take steps to meet the needs of people with a disability, even if this requires reasonable adjustments to be made
ensure that all staff are appropriately trained and have access to and the support of relevant outside agencies.
monitor the progress of pupils with a disability
Please see the school’s SEND policy for more details.
This provision supports the local offer of Oxfordshire County Council: