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The Local Offer is a new way of giving children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers information about what activities and support is available in the area where you live.
Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEN)
As a whole school, we believe in working together and in working hard to ensure that every child will achieve his or her full potential. We recognise that each child brings an individual set of abilities to school and needs an environment in which these can be nurtured and grow.
Parents will be contacted by school to discuss individual needs and the support that is available to meet those needs. Some children require extra help, and our aim is to make sure that more help they need, they more help they get. This is called a ‘graduated approach’. Help comes in a variety of forms. Sometimes, it is having attention from an extra teacher; sometimes, it is having a Learning Support Assistant to support work or deliver an intervention. Other forms of additional help include detailed assessment, differentiated planning, working in pairs or small groups, or doing slightly different things in a slightly different way.
If difficulties persist or are particularly complex, the school’s SEN co-ordinator, external agencies and specialists are increasingly involved in supporting the child and family. This all helps to ensure that that the greater the difficulty, the more support a child will have.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at St Stephen’s is Mrs Fillan. She is responsible for the day-to-day management of SEN provision in school. She acts as the link between external agencies and school, and ensures that provision is made to enable an appropriate response to be made to address children’s needs, allocate support and promote staff training and development.
Use the links on this page to see more information in our policies. They contain information that the school is required to publish on its website to comply with Section 65 of the Children and Families Act (2014).
As always, if you have any concerns about your child, please see the class teacher in the first instance.