Policies and Code of Practice

Policy and Codes of Practice

West End Primary School SEND and Inclusion Policy

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice for 0-25 years - statutory guidance (January 2015)

 This is an extract from the new Code of Practice, setting out what schools are required to do:


 - Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, even where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff
 -  High quality teaching, differentiated for individual pupils, is the first step in responding to pupils who have or may have SEN. Additional intervention and support cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching
 -  The quality of teaching for pupils with SEN, and the progress made by pupils, should be a core part of the school’s performance management arrangements and its approach to professional development for all teaching and support staff
 -  The identification of SEN should be built into the overall approach to monitoring the progress and development of all pupils
 -  Class and subject teachers, supported by the senior leadership team, should make regular assessments of progress for all pupils. Where pupils are falling behind or making inadequate progress given their age and starting point they should be given extra support
 -  Where pupils continue to make inadequate progress, despite high-quality teaching targeted at their areas of weakness, the class teacher, working with the SENCO, should assess whether the child has a significant learning difficulty. Where this is the case, then there should be agreement about the SEN support that is required to support the child
 -  Teachers should set high expectations for every pupil and aim to teach them the full curriculum, whatever their prior attainment
 -  Once a potential special educational need is identified, four types of action should be taken to put effective support in place – Assess, Plan, Do Review – this is the graduated approach called SEN Support
 -  Where a child continues to make little or no progress, despite well-founded support that is matched to the child’s area of need, the school should consider involving specialists, including those from outside agencies
 -  Where a pupil is receiving SEN support, schools should meet parents at least termly to set clear goals, discuss the activities and support that will help achieve them, review progress and identify the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil and the school
 -  It is for schools to determine their own approach to record keeping. But the provision made for pupils with SEN should be accurately recorded and kept up to date. Ofsted will expect to see evidence of the support that is in place for pupils and the impact of that support on their progress as part of any school inspection

A copy of our SEND policy is available to download below.