We are a mainstream, inclusive school that fully complies with the requirements outlined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014). The Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations. It relates to children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people.
What are Special Educational Needs?
A child has special educational needs (SEN) if they require provision to be made which is ‘additional to or different from’ that provided for the majority.
At Handcross Primary, we recognise our duties, as stated in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice.
We are committed to ensuring that all pupils with special educational needs have full and equal access to the curriculum and all aspects of school life, through appropriate use of funding, staffing and professional expertise.
Our school has designed a curriculum which is exciting, relevant and matched to individual needs and learning styles
Wave 1: High Quality Teaching
At Handcross Primary School we believe that the quality of teaching within the classroom has the greatest influence over children’s progress. We invest in training, resources and monitoring to ensure our classrooms are an inclusive place for all children. This is known as the ‘Wave 1’ or ‘High Quality Teaching’ level.
Wave 2: Interventions
Interventions at ‘Wave 2’ are planned to enable children to make accelerated progress to enable them work at, or above the expectations for their age. These are generally taught in a small group but are sometimes delivered one-to-one. The children are closely monitored and interventions are reviewed regularly. The child will either catch up to their peers or will be identified as needing SEN Support.
Wave 3: SEN Support
Information gathering about the possibility of SEN will include discussion with the pupil and their parents / carers to identify areas of strengths, needs and any concerns. A child on SEN Support will receive ‘Wave 3’ interventions. These may be provided individually or in a small group. The support is personalised to enable the child to achieve his/her potential. This is additional to or different from the everyday curriculum for that class and is detailed in an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This plan is prepared by the class teacher, overseen by the SENCo, and is reviewed termly. It may also include provision / advice from an external agency or professional, such as a Speech and Language therapist.
If a child continues to need significant support they will be assessed by professionals and may need an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Please see diagram below to demonstrate levels of need:
Please read our SEND Information report to find out more about our Special Educational Needs provision. If you would like more information, please contact the SENCo. Please see the 'Contact' page of our website for information.
Local authorities are required to publish a ‘local offer’ which provides information about provision available to children with Special Educational Needs in the local area. For information on the West Sussex local offer, please visit https://westsussex.local-offer.org/