The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).

This is known as the Local Offer.  Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the County Durham FIS website.

At St Oswald’s Primary and Nursery School we recognise every child’s right to a broad and balanced curriculum. We strive to provide a positive learning environment where all children can achieve their potential.  We aim to be an inclusive school where all achievements are celebrated.  Our Special Educational Needs Policy acknowledges that children throughout or at different times in their school career may experience special educational needs.  We aim to provide additional support to ensure their needs are being met, regardless of the nature or extent of the difficulty.  This includes children who have SEND and are looked after or are learning English as an Additional Language (EAL).

We aim to provide:

¨      an exciting and stimulating environment which promotes positive learning experiences for all

¨      an environment where pupils feel safe and secure in their belief to take risks and to challenge their own learning

¨      high-quality teaching and learning opportunities through a differentiated curriculum, ensuring all children achieve their maximum potential

¨      achievements in all areas are recognised and celebrated with pupils feeling proud of their own success

Adaptations to the Curriculum

As a school, we aim to make adaptation to our curriculum and learning environment to maximise access for children with SEND.  This can vary considerably from child to child.  Examples of adaptions are, but not limited to, use of ICT, wobble cushions, therabands, pencil grips, enlarged resources, coloured paper and personalised learning targets. As a school make reasonable adjustments to ensure all children can access school trips and activities organised within school. Sunshine Club offers breakfast club and after school care to all children.

There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:

• Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
• Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
• Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.

The Special Educational Needs Policy

At St Oswald’s C of E  Aided Primary and Nursery School we will ensure:

¨      careful monitoring and tracking of all pupils

¨      early identification of special educational needs where possible

¨      identification, assessment and provision for those with special educational needs

¨      support for pupils and parents/carers

¨      highly trained staff to work with pupils

¨      a fully inclusive school where all children can participate fully in school life

¨      staff incorporate a range of learning styles into their everyday classroom practise

¨      high expectations of all pupils

¨      develop a close relationship with parents for the benefit of the child

The school’s full policy for SEND can be found here.

The Equality Information, Objectives and Action Plan (see policies) states that we believe that our welcoming and inclusive ethos helps us to engage with protected groups. We seek to make reasonable adjustments in relation to engagement activities as well as school policies, procedures, events and so on. We intend to review and improve our practise as an on-going matter.

If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.