Special Educational Needs
George Washington prides itself on its ability to offer and successfully deliver a full curriculum that is inclusive to all children, irrespective of need. The Special Education Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDco) works closely with all of the teaching staff and, as a result, is able to support children with a wide range of academic, physical and social needs. This may be in the form of classroom based support and strategies or withdrawn support, often in small group or one-to-one sessions using resources from within the school and occasionally the support services within the Authority. The school maintains very close working relationships with children, staff, parents and other agencies. Indeed, partnership with parents is of the utmost importance. We encourage parents to discuss progress regularly with class teachers and our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator – Mrs. S.Wilson
All Sunderland Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The broad areas of SEND need are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical
Identification of Special Education Needs and Disabilities
Staff will seek to identify the needs of SEND as early as possible through gathering information from parents, education,
health and care services and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Settings) prior to the child’s entry into school. As children
move through the school their progress is carefully monitored and any child who fails to make progress or a teacher
suspects a child may have special education needs, interventions will be implemented, consultation with SENDco, targets set and monitored.After evaluation, any child who is failing to narrow the gap between them and their peers through provision will be considered for a SEND Support plan. Parents/Carers will be consulted throughout the process and involved in the setting, achieving and evaluation of targets through a plan do review process. Pupils will be at the centre of the process and will help formulate the targets, supported by parents/carers and teachers.
George Washington has a responsibility to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils. This statutory inclusion statement sets out three principles for developing an inclusive curriculum which provides all pupils with relevant and challenging learning.
- set suitable learning challenges
- respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs
- overcome potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils
Children are supported to access all activities inside and outside school including visits, residential visits, sports and clubs.
What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the 'Local Offer'.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an
important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
For Further information on the Local Offer visit https://sunderland.fsd.org.uk/kb5/sunderland/fis/localoffer.page