How do you identify SEND pupils?
Referring to the SEND Code of Practice 2015 a child has SEND ‘where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, that is provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’
Pupils are identified as having SEND, and their needs assessed, through:
information passed on from Nursery/ Infant/Primary/previous schools
EYFS and KS1 results, baseline testing and progress data
feedback from teaching staff and observations
interventions not showing impact
pupil premium interventions not showing impact
referrals from parents
From these, school is able to identify children making less than expected progress given their age and individual circumstances. As children with SEND have increased vulnerability factors, it is important to take a holistic approach to identification and consider other factors, including: attendance, punctuality, health, and those who are Looked After or Previously Looked After by the Local Authority and/or legible for the Pupil Premium.
Parents/carers will be notified and the following will be discussed:
the child’s areas of strengths and needs
any parent/carer concerns
any additional support your child may receive
any referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning