Introduction

Welcome to West End First School’s Information Report about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This report is reviewed annually. The next review date will be February 2018.

 "Pupils are known well as individuals and are both cared for and challenged, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities” Ofsted Inspection Report February 2015

Welcome to the ‘Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Information Report for West End First School.

SEND can be an emotive area, which causes much anxiety and concern. We hope that this document will help alleviate some of this by providing you with useful information about our school ethos, and what we can offer as a school and local authority, in addition to some useful information. If you have any information you feel could be included for others or you need further information from us please contact us. We are always keen to hear your views.

West End First School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children living in our local area. We believe that all children, including those identified as having a special educational need or a disability (SEND), have an entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them. We strive to ensure that all pupils are fully included in all aspects of school life. 

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school. We will strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to develop an environment where all children can feel safe and flourish academically, physically and socially. 

West End First School aims to include everyone and values diversity. We aim to engender a sense of community and belonging. We want all of the children in our community to do well through having access to appropriate, high-quality education. This does not mean we treat all children the same, but rather that we respond to children in ways that take account of their varied needs and life experiences.

When our children have medical issues which may affect their educational needs, struggle with learning or experience difficulties with communication, physical development, making sense of the world around them it can be very frightening and confusing. Parents and carers often worry about how they will make sure their child gets the right services and support.

"Leaders and staff know pupils very well and provision for these pupils is personalised to meet their individual needs."  Independent SEND Review Report  by Christine Inkster (HMI) on behalf of Northumberland County Council. November 2016

If you are concerned that your child may have a Special Educational Need and/or Disablity please contact school. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs. Alison Dodd. Mrs. Dodd may be contacted through the school office or via e-mail at admin@westend.northumberland.sch.uk

If you wish to view the Northumberland SEND local offer, which shows what provision is available for pupils in Northumberland, please follow the link below:

http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/SEND-Local-offer.aspx