What is SEND?
‘A child or young person has SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.’
(SEND Code of Practice 2014)
This is a broad definition covering all children and young people from 0-25 years of age.
The Code of Practice 2014 identifies 4 main areas of need:
1. Communication and Interaction
2. Cognition and Learning
3. Social, Mental and Emotional health
4. Sensory and/ or Physical Needs
From September 2014 all schools are required to provide information to parents about how they will support children and their families if a child is deemed to have special educational needs. The provision and support offered at Ford is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its pupils. As a result the information on these pages concerning SEN will be reviewed and updated regularly.
For further information please read the school SEN Policy.