Special Education Needs and Disabilities
At Bridgemary School we expect all children, including those with SEN and disabilities, to achieve and make progress in line with the achievements and progress of all other children within the school; and those nationally.
The SEND Code of Practice says:
A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
has a disability that prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if the special educational provision was not made for them.
There are four broad categories of SEND:
Communication and interaction – such as Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Speech and Language difficulties.
Cognition and learning – such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Moderate Learning Difficulties.
Social, emotional and mental health – such as ADHD, Attachment Disorders, emotional difficulties and mental health difficulties.
Physical and sensory – such as a physical disability that impairs learning, hearing impairments and visual impairments.