In September 2014, the Government introduced legislation about the provision made for children and young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). These changes cover children and young people aged 0-25. All schools, academies, colleges, universities, early years providers and health and care professionals need to follow the new SEN Code of Practice. We work towards establishing our policy and practice to ensure an efficient use of all resources to effectively meet this obligation. The 2014 Children and Families Bill aims to ensure children and parents are at the heart of the decision making process. We also follow the 2010 Equality Act legislation to ensure equality of opportunity for all our pupils.
At Bournmoor our dedicated Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Miss Heather Purdy who is available for advice or guidance to help support pupils and families.
We also recognise the role governors play in ensuring we provide high quality SEND support to pupils and their families as detailed below:
The Governing Body
- with the Head Teacher, decide the schools general policy and approach to meeting pupil’s special educational needs for those with and without an Education Health Care Plan.
- set up appropriate staffing and funding arrangements.
- oversee the school’s work either through a specific governor or a sub-committee.
- promote high standards for all pupils, in the school including those with special educational needs.
- set objectives for the head teacher through the performance management framework. These should include objections for leadership, management, pupil achievement and progress and will also relate to priorities in the school development plan. All these objectives should include SEND.
- ensure the school has a “responsible person” who makes sure that those who are likely to teach a pupil with a statement of special educational needs are informed about the EHCP.
- does its best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and this is reported to parents.
- ensure that teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for those pupils who have special educational needs.
- consult, as appropriate, the LEA and the governing bodies of other schools when it seems to them necessary or desirable in the interests of co-ordinated special educational provision in the area as a whole.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.