Welcome to our special educational needs and disability (SEND) information report. The aim of this report 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 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their peers without. 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;

or

(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)’ (Children and Families Act 2014)

 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.

*’long term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’

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