As Catholic Academies within the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Company we recognise the gifts and needs of each individual as a valued part of our community. Although it may be considered that all children at some point in their education have individual special needs, there are groups of pupils throughout the spectrum of ability who have further and additional individual requirements. We are committed to working for quality and equality of opportunity for all children. We believe that every teacher is a teacher of every pupil; including those with SEN.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D) what does it mean?
What should I do if I am concerned my child has special educational needs?
If you are worried that your child may be having difficulties, the first point of contact should be your child’s class teacher. Make an appointment to see them so that you will be able to discuss your concerns fully and in private.
The closer you work with your child’s teacher, the more successful any help for your child will be.
From September 2014, all schools are required to publish information about their provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This includes the school Information Report (previously known as the ‘Local Offer’), which helps parents/carers understand what support they and their families can expect from a range of different local agencies. It should help them understand the process of SEND identification, and how the local authority, local area and the school will support both the child and the family.
Please see below for our school SEND policy and Information Report which both give details of our special needs provision.
The link to Worcestershire’s local offer is also below:
The SEND Graduated Response guidance is intended to be used as a tool for schools and settings and those partner agencies working with them and has been created in collaboration with SEND professionals, parents/carers and young people.
The guidance has been designed to help ensure children and young people across the County with Special Educational Needs reach their full potential. It sets out Local Authority expectations for the ways in which all schools and settings should meet the needs of children and young people with SEND.
Other useful links
SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years (opens in a new window) – this statutory guidance explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs and disabilities
SEND guide for parents and carers (opens in new window) – this government guide explains how the system that supports children and young people with SEND works.