Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At Mossgate we operate a policy of inclusion where ALL children have access to a broad and engaging curriculum, with an emphasis on English and Mathematics learning. We believe that all children have a right to the highest quality education.

On this page you will find a number of useful documents regarding Special Educational Needs. If you require any further information please contact Mrs Taylor (Inclusion Leader) or Mrs Boswell (SENDCo).

In order to ensure that all needs are met we have devised an ‘Inclusion Continuum of Need’ which we use to identify and assess the needs of children. 

If this happens we will provide additional help and support.  We will discuss this with parents and devise a Level 2+ Children with Additional Needs Action Plan. The plan will be reviewed at least termly. Parents will be invited to discuss this plan with the class teacher. The child will also be added to our school Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) register. 

If, despite this help, we are still concerned that a child is not making progress we will increase the help that is given to a child.  We will do this if we feel that a child is falling significantly behind the rest of the class and we do not feel that we have sufficient expertise in school to plan appropriate curriculum activities.  If this is the case we will ask for advice from professionals not directly employed by the school. 

The professionals may include a specialist teacher from the ‘Inclusion and Disability Support Service’, the school’s Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist etc.

In a small number of cases where a child meets the LA criteria for Statutory Integrated Assessment, we will refer the child to the LA so they can consider making a detailed assessment of the child’s needs and consider writing an Education, Health and Care Plan. Any referrals to the LA will be fully discussed with parents beforehand.  For pupils who have an Education, Health and Care Plan, the school will hold a statutory review and meet all statutory requirements.

We value the help that parents can give us and appreciate them sharing any problems a child may have had previously or during their time with us.  Should a parent have concerns about the progress of their child they should discuss them first with the class teacher.  If there continues to be a cause for concern then this should be brought to the attention of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO).  Complaints about the special educational needs provision made by the school should be discussed with the Headteacher (Ms Lawler).  In the unlikely event that the Headteacher is unable to resolve the complaint, then the parent should write to the School’s SEND Governor.        

Copies of the SEND policy can be dowlonaded from this page or requested at the school office. 

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