Meeting Needs at SEN Support

What is SEN Support?

‘SEN support’ is the term used to describe the support that schools provide for pupils who have identified SEN but who do not need an Education, Health and Care needs assessment.

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Pupils at SEN Support are given support that is additional to and different from the majority of children and is paid for out of the school's resources. Most pupils with a special educational need will have their needs met 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 focuses 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. 

SEN Support is provided through a Graduated Response. Cornwall Council has produced some useful documents regarding the Graduated Response which set out the minimum standards for pupils with SEN across Cornwall and what educational settings are expected to offer pupils with SEN at SEN Support.

The aim of these documents is to inform inclusive, enabling and consistent practice across Cornwall’s schools and educational settings. Further information about the graduated response can be found on our Graduated Response web page.

Schools are expected to publish what they provide for all children and young people with SEND in their SEN Information report. For more information, visit our SEN Information Report web page. The SEN Information reports of schools can be found on their websites or on Cornwall's SEND Local Offer website.

Who supports children and young people at SEN Support?

All school staff are responsible for meeting the needs of children and young people at SEN support. Additionally, some staff may be SEN champions, who make sure children with SEN are fully included within the school.

All staff are responsible for:

  • Differentiating and personalising teaching and learning
  • Delivering 'additional and different' provision for the pupil. 
  • Planning, supporting and measuring the impact of group and one-to-one intervention delivered by support staff
  • Linking group interventions to classroom teaching
  • Working in partnership with parents

Parents/ Carers

Parents/ carers play an important role at home and working in partnership with the school.

Reviewing SEN Support provision    

Special Educational Needs provision must be reviewed at least termly and all reviews must involve the child/young people and their parent/carers.

SEN support and provision will be informed by the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ cycle. Please see the Assess, Plan, Do, Review page.

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 can be found on our Council Services web pages.