Meeting Needs at SEN Support

The Children and Families Act 2014 and the supporting Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice make it very clear that early years settings, schools and colleges have to meet the needs of all children and young people with SEND including those who do not have an Educational Health and Care (EHC) plan.

All children and young people must have access to high quality teaching that focusses on inclusive practice and breaks down barriers to learning. For the majority of children and young people this can be achieved through personalisation and differentiation. Individuals with Special Educational Needs may need provision that is additional to, and different from, their peers, this is known as SEN support. The majority of children and young people with a special educational need, will have their needs met at SEN Support.

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Schools are expected to publish what they provide for all children and young people with SEND in their SEN Information report.

The approach to meeting the needs of children with SEND is a graduated approach (see p100 SEND Code of Practice).

  • When a pupil is identified as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) the school must take immediate action. They must put effective SEN provision in place and ensure that all barriers to learning are removed
  • As soon as a pupil is identified as having SEN parents/carers must be informed. The school must then work in partnership with them; listening to their views and proactively involving them in decision making and planning
  • Children and young people with SEND are described as being at SEN support.
  • Special Educational Needs provision must  be reviewed at least termly and all reviews must involve the child/young people and their parent/carers
  • It may be decided that advice from a specialist professional is required in order to meet the needs of a child or young person. Information regarding the external support available is published as part of Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer
  • SEN support and provision will be informed by the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ cycle. See p100 SEND Code of Practice

Cornwall Local Authority has produced some useful documents which set out the minimum standards for pupils with SEN across Cornwall. The aim of these documents is to inform inclusive, enabling and consistent practice across Cornwall’s schools and educational settings.