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What are Special Educational Needs?

Pupil and Parent/Carer Voice 

At Heaton Avenue Primary School, we believe that pupils and parents/carers should be involved in all aspects of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision from planning to monitoring and evaluation. The aim is that, where appropriate, children, parents and carers will be actively involved in setting expected outcomes and deciding approaches alongside school and other professionals. We strive to offer the best support for children with Special Educational Needs in our school, and consider this process to be a partnership between home and school so the children can fulfil their potential. 

Some children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. For example:

  • social and emotional (eg difficulty making friends)
  • reading and writing (eg dyslexia)
  • understanding things (eg processing)
  • concentrating (eg Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • physical needs or impairment (eg dyspraxia)

There are four areas of SEND which include; Cognition and Learning needs, Speech, Language and Communication needs, Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs and Sensory/Physical needs.

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the person in school who is responsible for special educational needs. This person is called the ‘SEND co-ordinator’, or ‘SENDCO’ - Mrs S Davey

SEND Code of Practice

Under the SEND Code of Practice September 2015, all schools are advised to publicise their SEND Information and report this on their website to help parents and carers understand the SEND process. To view this, please click here

To view our 'Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy' please see the policies section under Key Information, Policies tab

To view our Accessibility Audit/Plan please see the policies section under Key Information, Policies tab


Useful Websites 

Below are some useful websites for getting support and finding out more information:

Advisory Centre for Education - www.ace-ed.org.uk

AFASIC-Unlocking Speech andLanguage - www.afasic.org.uk

Barnardo’s - www.barnardos.org.uk

British Deaf Association - www.bda.org

British Dyslexia Association - www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Brittle BoneSociety - www.brittlebone.org

Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education - www.csie.org.uk

Contact a Family - www.cafamily.org.uk

Council for Disabled Children - www.ncb.org.uk

Cystic Fybrosis Trust - www.cftrust.org.uk

Diabetes UK - www.diabetes.org.uk

Disability Alliance - www.disabilityalliance.org

Disability Living Foundation - www.disabilitysport.org.uk

Dyslexia Action - www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

Dyspraxia Foundation - www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

Epilepsy Action - www.epilepsy.org.uk

Headway national Head Injuries Association - www.headway.org.uk

IPSEA-(Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice) - www.ipsea.org.uk

KIDS - www.kids.org.uk

National Association of Citizens’ Advice Bureau - www.citizensadvice.org.uk

National Association of special Educational Needs - www.nasen.org.uk

National Asthma UK - www.asthma.org.uk

National Autistic Society - www.nas.org.uk

National Blind Children’s Society - www.nbcs.org.uk

National deaf Children’s Society - www.ndcs.org.uk

National Eczema Society - www.eczema.org

National Federation of the Blind - www.nfbuk.org

National Society for Epilepsy - www.epilepsysociety.org.uk

Parents for Inclusion - www.parentsforinclusion.org

Pre-school Learning Alliance - www.pre-school.org.uk

Royal national Institute of the Blind - www.rnib.org.uk

SCOPE - www.scope.org.uk

SENSE - www.sense.org.uk

Spinal Injuries Association - www.spinal.co.uk

The Stroke Association - www.stroke.org.uk

Young Minds - www.youngminds.org.uk

We hope that you find these links helpful. They are not an exhaustive list and we would welcome additional suggestions from parents/carers/pupils. 

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