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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At the outset, we believe that we have in place clear guidelines, policies and procedures to ensure that any pupil who has special educational needs is identified at the earliest opportunity, and then receives the additional support and help that they are entitled to.

Please find below the SEND presentation held at the Learning Reviews on 15th & 16th March 2016

SEND Code of Practice

Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability

On 15th May 2012 the Goverment launched Support and Aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability - progress and next steps, which sets out the next steps that the Government will take to achieve an ambitious new approach to integrated support for children with special educational needs and disabilities.  It builds on the original Support and Aspiration Green Paper released in March 2011.

Support and Aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disability - progress and next steps renews the Government's commitment to deliver:

  •  A single assessment process which is more streamlined, better involves children, young people and families and is completed quickly
  • An Education, Health and Care Plan which brings services together and is focused on improving outcomes; and
  • An offer of a personal budget for families with an Education, Health and Care Plan

In addition, the Government has pledged that it will:

  •  Require that local authorities and health services jointly plan and commission services that children, young people and their families need; and
  • Give greater control to disabled children and young people themselves - to make them 'authors of their own life stories'

Children and Families Bill

The Children and Families Bill was published by the Department for Education on Tuesday, 5 February 2013.

The Bill includes clauses on special education needs (SEN) which aim to reform the SEN system. The clauses include the duty on local authorities to draw up Education, Health and Care plans and to set out a 'local offer' of services available to parents and young people.


SEND Code of Practice

Please click on the link below to view the SEND Code of Practice.

SEN Local Offer

By September 2014, the government’s Children and Families Act 2014 will require each local authority to publish a Local Offer. This will be one place where all information can be accessed about the provision a local authority expects to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25, who have special educational needs and disabilities. (see section 4 of the SEN Code of practice)

The purpose of the Local Offer is to provide information for parents and young people, in a single place, to help them understand what services they and their family can expect locally, including cross‐authority boundary and how to access them. These include: early years settings, schools (including academies and free schools), colleges, health, social care and social/leisure. The Local Offer will also include guidance for parents and young people when they need to speak with practitioners and professionals. It will also include information on giving feedback, raising concerns and making complaints.  

  The Local Offer has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision expected to be available; and
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations, by directly involving children and young people with SEN, parents and carers, and service providers in its development and review.

Please find below the link to the Warrington Families website for our Local Offer.  This is where you will find the information for Ravenbank and what it offers for SEN.


Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Inclusion Quality Mark

We were awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in 2012.

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