RE:GROUP

For those involved in running a support group for families who have a child with special needs

• Have you been thinking of starting a support group?
• Are you currently running an established group?
• Do you need to attract new members and link up with other group leaders to buddy up, share experiences, ideas and issues?

If so, this workshop is for you!

SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability

Welcome to the special educational needs and disability section of the Bridlewood website.

Bridlewood Primary School is committed to inclusion, ensuring all pupils are given the support they need to fulfil their full potential. They should be equally valued and be fully included in aspects of school life.

We believe that all pupils, including those that have been identified with having special educational need and/or disabilities, have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet their individual needs and abilities.

This does not mean that we will treat all learners in the same way, but that we will respond to learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs. We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. This means working in partnership with you as parents or carers to support your child in whatever way we can to enable your child to achieve their potential.

You can read our SEND Policy here....

You can read our SEND Report for 2017 here....

What is SEND

The Draft Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: for 0 to 25 year olds (Statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities), which was published for consultation in October 2013 and is currently being approved by Parliament, is the document which gives guidance on increasing options and improving provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

This definition appears at the beginning of the document:

- A child or young person has SEN 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:

1. have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

2. 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.

- A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and Families Bill).

At Bridlewood we are aware that children are all different and make progress at different rates. They have different ways in which they learn best. Our teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities could mean that a child has:

  • - Learning difficulties - in acquiring basic skills in school
  • - Emotional and behavioural difficulties - making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
  • - Specific learning difficulty - with reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • - Sensory or physical needs - such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school
  • - Communication problems - in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • - Medical or health conditions - which may slow down a child's progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.

It is important not to assume, just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational needs.