Welcome to our special educational needs and disability (SEND) information pages. The aim of these pages is to explain how the staff at West Meadows Primary School are able to support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

We are an inclusive school and believe that all children should be valued and treated with respect. The school uses its best endeavours to ensure that the provision for all its pupils is of the highest possible standard, whilst acknowledging that we are continually striving to improve our practice. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between children with SEND and their non-SEND peers. We are working to achieve this in variety of different ways.


What is “Special Educational Needs”?

‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age;


(b) 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 schools or mainstream post -16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and Families Act)’ (Draft SEN Code of Practice 2013, 1.8)


What is a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. A physical or mental impairment includes: learning difficulties including specific learning difficulties; medical conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, more severe forms of asthma and eczema; autism; speech, language and communication impairments.

If the impairment has a substantial and long-term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to day activities it may amount to a disability.

Click on the questions below for more information.

  1. Who are the best people to talk to in school about my child’s difficulties with Learning and Special Educational Needs?
  2. What are the different types of support available for children with SEND at West Meadows Primary School?
  3. Who are the people providing services to children with SEN at West Meadows Primary School?
  4. What happens if I am concerned about my child’s progress or my child requires extra support?
  5. What extra-curricular activities can my SEND child take part in?
  6. How will my child’s learning needs be assessed and their progress monitored?
  7. How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with an SEND and what training do they have?
  8. How is West Meadows Primary School accessible to children with SEND?
  9. What are your school’s admission arrangements for pupils with SEN or disabilities?
  10. How can I find out about additional support for children with SEND in Barnsley?