The SEND Code of Practice became statutory in September 2014, it gives guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations and applies to England. It relates to children and young people with special education needs and disabled children and young people. (SEND)

Hartburn Primary School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children living in our local area. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special needs have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them and to be fully included in all aspects of school life. In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability, needs, race or religion. We have high expectations of all our children and we aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation.

We respect the fact that children:

  • Have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations
  • Require different strategies for learning
  • Acquire, assimilate and communicate information at different rates
  • Need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences

We respond to children’s needs by:

  • Providing support for children who need help with communication, language and literacy
  • Helping individuals to manage their emotional needs
  • Helping children to manage their behaviour and take part in learning effectively and safely
  • Planning for children’s full participation in learning, and in physical and practical activities
  • Planning to develop children’s understanding through the use of all their senses and of varied experiences

Definition of Special Educational Needs

Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty, which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
  • Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
  • However, it should be noted that children would not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of the language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

Categories of SEN

  • Communication and interaction
  • Sensory and/or physical needs
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Cognition and learning


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