Special Educational Needs
At Shillington Lower School we believe in giving everyone, every chance, every day to achieve his or her full potential in all aspects of school life, through a topic based curriculum that is rich, varied and challenging. We aim to raise the aspirations, and expectations for all pupils regardless of gender, race or ability.
Shillington Lower School follows the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice (2014) for children who have special or additional needs. The four broad ‘areas of need’ identified by the Code are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical needs.
All classes in school are of mixed ability. We are sensitive to the needs of every child and seek to provide a targeted educational provision for pupils, alongside a differentiated curriculum. We also endeavour to ensure that achievements by all children are appropriately recognised and celebrated. If a child has special or additional needs, parents will be informed that their child is being registered on the special needs register. These children will have an individual education plan (IEP), which will be reviewed regularly with both the child and their parents/carers.
For a small proportion of children, the school may need to involve the use of advice of specialists outside of school. Parents will always be informed of this in advance so that they have the opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns.
There is a member of staff in school who is responsible for children on the SEN register and to support staff and parent: Mrs K Young is the school SEND co-ordinator. The Governing Body has appointed Dr Jeanette Mills as their representative to provide a critical friend to the school with special responsibilities for SEND.
Independent Advice for Parents and Carers
Central Bedfordshire Council Special Educational Needs and Disability Information and Support Service (SENDIASS) is a statutory service who work at arm’s length from the authority and offer a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs. For further information about this service and other relevant documentation please contact the link below.
What is the Local Offer
All Central Bedfordshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 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 SEND being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with SEND aged 0-25. This is 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 about the Central Bedfordshire Local Authority offer click on the following link:
Please click on the link below to access the SEND policy and SEND Information Report 2018/19.