Special Educational Needs

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

Information for Parents

A child has special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means that they find it significantly harder to learn, or to do activities which children the same age are able to do.

These children need extra help or support, or special provision made for them to allow them to use the same facilities as other children of the same age.

If your child has special educational needs or disabilities their needs will fall into one or more of the four main areas of SEN;

1. Communication and interaction

  •          Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)
  •          Autism/ Asperger’s Syndrome

2. Cognition and learning

  •          Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)
  •          Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD)
  •          Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD)
  •          Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD)

 3. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

  •        Challenging behaviour
  •        Mental health issues
  •        Anxiety or depression

 4. Physical and/or sensory needs sensory

  •          Visual Impairment (VI)
  •          Hearing Impairment (HI)
  •          Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)
  •          Physical Disability (PD)

Children whose needs fall into a mixture of these four categories have complex needs. A child is described as having mild or severe learning difficulties depending on the degree of their needs and the impact they have on their lives.


How do the staff identify children with Special Educational Needs?

Children with special needs are identified in a number of ways:

  •          ·       Information is passed on by parent, pre-school setting, previous school, health visitor, doctor or other agency.
  •          ·       Teacher assessment throughout schooling.
  •          ·       Standardised attainment scores.
  •          ·       Observation of behaviour and learning skills.

Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator), Mrs Annie Walpole, is responsible for the operation of the SEN policy and coordination of the provision made for individual children with SEN, working closely with staff, parents and carers, and other agencies. The SENCO also provides related professional guidance to colleagues with the aim of securing high quality teaching for children with SEN. The SENCO, with the support of the head teacher and colleagues, seeks to develop effective ways of overcoming barriers to learning and sustaining effective teaching through the analysis and assessment of children’s needs, by monitoring the quality of teaching and standards of pupils’ achievements, and by setting targets for improvement 

If my child has Special Educational Needs how will the school keep me informed of their progress?

Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) are written and reviewed each term. These will be shared with parents. Parents are welcome to come in and discuss any worries or concerns about their child at any time.

What if my child needs expert help?

The SENCO has experience in recognising and diagnosing some learning difficulties for example screening for Dyslexia. Further expertise is available to the school from Local Authority Advisory Teachers and the Educational Psychologist.

What can I do if I have concerns about my child’s progress?

It is important that you share any worries or concerns that you have with your child’s class teacher. The class teacher will then liaise with the SENCO if further support is needed.

If you feel that you would like to see the SENCO, please contact the office to arrange an appointment on 01209 216346 or senco@lanner.cornwall.sch.uk

 For further information see the school SEN Information Report which can also be found on our website.