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SEN & Disability Information

Willow Tree Primary school recognises the definition of Special Educational Needs described in the Special Needs Code of Practise 2014

A child has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision made for them.

A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream school

Children are not considered to have a special educational need if they speak English as an additional language.

Our Aims

Our ethos is inclusive and we work hard with families and outside agencies to ensure the best possible educational outcomes for all of our children irrespective of their level of need.

Our aims are:

  • To identify children with SEN as early as possible and to ensure their needs are met
  • To provide an environment where barriers to learning and participation are reduced to a minimum
  • To provide all children with a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that is differentiated to the needs and abilities of the individual
  • To ensure all pupils take a full and active part in school life
  • To provide a strong partnership between children, parents/carers and outside agencies to ensure a child’s needs can be met

Categories of SEND

Children’s SEN are generally thought of in the following main areas:

  • Cognition and learning - this includes children who have moderate or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • Communication and interaction - this includes children with speech and language delay and those with difficulties with social communication
  • Social, emotional and mental health - this may include children who may be withdrawn or isolated, disruptive, hyperactive or who lack concentration
  • Physical or sensory issues - this includes children with impairments including hearing or visual difficulties, or other physical difficulties

Special Educational Needs are categorised in this way in order to enable school to plan provision accordingly.

Willow Tree’s Local Offer

The SEN reforms place a statutory requirement on schools from September 2014 to make information available to young people and parents about how the school supports children and young people with SEND. This information forms the basis for the school’s Local Offer.