The school supports the requirements set out in the DfES guidance Inclusive Schooling, the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act Code of Practice 2015 and the Equality Act 2010. In particular, we will not treat disabled pupils less favourably, without justification, for a reason which relates to their disability; and we will make reasonable adjustments so that disabled pupils are not put at a substantial disadvantage compared to other pupils who are not disabled.
All carers of children with formal Education, Health and Care Plan have the right to choose a mainstream school for the education of their children.
The school has ramped access front and rear and accessible toilet provision for disabled users.
All children at some time may have special educational needs. The school monitors children’s progress closely so that children who need additional support are identified early. Parents or carers are always consulted, as are external advisers when appropriate.
The aims and objectives for children with special needs are the same as for all children at this school:
It is the purpose of the Special Educational Needs Policy to clarify, both for staff and parents, the means by which these objectives can be achieved. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator is Miss Smith.
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available to children and young people with SEND. The Local Authority refer to this as the Local Offer
We utilise the Local Authority’s Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by our policy and the provision that we are able to provide. This is outlined in our Information Report.
Suffolk SENDIASS provides impartial and confidential information, advice and support to children and young people with SEND, and their parents and carers. They also offer free training courses.
SENDIASS video: ‘Who we are and what we do’
Booking is open for our popular online session helping families prepare for the transition to high school for pupils with SEN. This relaxed session was coproduced with parents and carers and focusses on the kind of information which is helpful to find out from and share with school, transition meetings and additional transition support.
Planning the transition to secondary school for pupils with SEN
September 30th 2022 10am – 11:30am online
SEND Support in Schools (opens pdf)
We have re-introduced some face-to-face SEND sessions in different parts of Suffolk, while continuing with online sessions too. Booking is open for our SEND workshop in Waveney. We will explore the process of support for pupils with special educational needs and how parents and pupils are involved. We will also look at school responsibilities for pupils with disabilities and medical needs. Tea and coffee will be available but no creche facilities.
Beccles SEND Support in Schools
3rd October 2022 10am – 1pm
Butterflies Family Hub, Castle Hill NR34 7BQ
EHC Needs Assessment Webinar (opens pdf)
Booking is open for our popular EHC needs assessment webinar. This was coproduced separately with both parents and carers and practitioners and all are welcome to register. The webinar includes explaining the purpose, threshold and process of an EHC needs assessment and how you and your child are involved.
Anyone who registers will have access to a pre-recording to watch on demand and a suite of additional resources.
EHC Needs Assessment
6th October 2022 6pm – 7:30pm
Booking is open for a Saturday interactive webinar for children and young people aged 6 – 16 years with ASD. This will be delivered by the Curly Hair Project and explores what to do, how to connect and how to understand each other in order to make and keep friends. Parents are welcome to join with their child. A recording will be sent out afterwards which will be good for 7 days. Please see flyer for details (opens pdf).
How do I make and keep friends as an autistic child/young person?
8th October 2022 10am – 11am
SENDIASS would like to create new information to explain support in early years settings for children with SEND or medical needs. We want what we produce to match what families want to know so we are offering 3 coproduction opportunities for parents/carers to tell us what would build their understanding and confidence. These are not training sessions but opportunities for us to listen and learn what families would like.
Families can join at any point for 10/15 minutes to share their thoughts and then leave, or they are welcome to stay for the whole session. Alternatively, parents can email their thoughts to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stowmarket Coproduction Session
10th October 10am – 11:30am
Acorns Family Hub
Stowmarket IP14 1NL
Mildenhall Coproduction Session
11th October 10am – 11:30am
Lark Family Hub
Mildenhall IP28 7JX
Online Coproduction Session
12th October 6pm – 7:30pm
BehaviourSafe at home supports parents, carers and family members living with children who display extreme behaviours, to improve the safety of everyone. The focus of the programme is on early intervention, to help prevent the behaviour escalating and to reduce the need for restrictive interventions. The consultants provide meaningful and focused guidance, to help parent/carers make appropriate positive choices when managing difficult behaviours. As school we have used the consultants to provide behaviour safe training for our staff.download the flyer. To book the course, please complete the booking form.For more information please
The Specialist Education Services are holding free training sessions for parents about dyslexia. Please see attached flyer:
Following the Independent SEND Review and as part of their efforts to communicate more widely with families, Suffolk County Council have re-launched a SEND Newsletter, under the new name of Local Offer News. With an introduction from Assistant Director Ros Somerville, the first edition is out now, containing strategic updates from Education, Health and Care, and other local SEND news and resources.