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Many children at some time in their school career will have Special Educational Needs (SEN) of some kind, academic, behavioural or social. We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background.  At St. Dunstan’s, we have a co-ordinated response to identifying and addressing individual educational needs and if appropriate we seek the guidance and expertise of external agencies.

Any parent/carer who is concerned in any way, about their child’s development, should contact their child’s class teacher in the first instance.  If concerns persist, the class teacher will arrange a meeting with Mrs S. Hughes who is the Special Educational Needs Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO):
Email address: senco@stdunstans.surrey.sch.uk

How we define Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

The Department for Education and Skills has defined children with SEN as having learning difficulties or disabilities which make it significantly more difficult to learn than most other children of the same age.

Under the Code of Practice 2014, there are 2 levels of support for pupils with special educational needs. These are SEN support and, for a very small number of pupils, with the most complex or highest level of need and who may need Specialist provision at some point in their Educational Career, Education, Health and Care Plans.

Identification and Assessment, Monitoring and Review Procedures

The school’s system for regularly observing, assessing and recording the progress of all children is used to identify children who are not progressing satisfactorily and who may have additional needs.
The school’s system includes reference to information provided by:
  • Baseline assessment results
  • Progress measured against End of Year expectations
  • Progress towards targets
  • Progress measured against the Pre-key stage standards
  • Standardised screening and assessment tools
  • Observations of behavioural, emotional and social development
  • Assessments by a specialist service, such as Educational Psychology or Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Another school or LEA which has identified or has previously provided for additional needs.
Based on the school’s observations and assessment data and following a discussion between the parent, class teacher and SENCO, the child may be recorded as needing either:
1. Curriculum or behaviour support within the class through quality first teaching with further informal monitoring and review (Stage 1 register).
2. Additional support through SEN support provision (SEN register).

For children on the SEN Register, with the most complex needs, it may be necessary to initiate a more formal assess/plan/review cycle in preparation for making an application for an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Useful contacts:

Surrey County Council SEN information: Surrey’s Local Offer website: https://www.surreylocaloffer.org inc161
Surrey County Council's Family Information Service website:  www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service  

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email: office@stdunstans.surrey.sch.uk