What is SEND?
Special Educational Needs and/or a disability can affect many children throughout their journey through school and beyond. Whilst disabilities generally affect children long term, not all SEND difficulties should be seen as life-long. SEND is seen by our school as the child requiring provision that is additional to or different from the rest of the class. For example, they may have additional needs due to dyslexia, co-ordination, number problems or sensory and/or physical needs. Every child is unique and here at Etherley Lane Primary School and we celebrate each child as an individual. We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best progress possible. We are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of primary school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn.
Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the County Durham Families Information Service (FIS) Website