Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SENDCo: Mr Greg Bath - contact through the school office

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a mainstream school.  We are an inclusive school and have a number of children with additional needs including some children with a statement.

What is SEND?

A child has special educational needs or disability (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which means that they find it significantly harder to learn, or to do activities which children the same age are able to do.

These children need extra help or support, or special provision made for them to allow them to use the same facilities as other children of the same age.

If your child has special educational needs or disabilities their needs will fall into one or more of the four main areas of SEN;

1. Communication and Interaction

            Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)


2. Cognition and Learning

            Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)

            Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD)

            Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD)

            Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD)

3. Behavioural, Emotional and Social

4. Physical and Sensory

            Visual Impairment (VI)

            Hearing Impairment (HI)

            Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

            Physical Disability (PD)

Children whose needs fall into a mixture of these four categories have complex needs. A child is described as having mild or severe learning difficulties depending on the degree of their needs and the impact they have on their lives.

What if I think my child has SEN?

You know your child better than anyone else, if your child attends a pre-school speak to their teacher or key worker. If your child is already in school (including nursery or pre school) talk to their teacher. Ask also to speak to the school's Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mr Bath, who organises extra help for children with SEN.

You can find further information about SEN from your local Parent Partnership Service. In North Somerset this is: www.supportiveparents.org.uk



Existing Policies under review - June/July2020
The following policies and documents are currently under review. If you wish to be involved in the consultation by sharing your views with governors, please email the school office. Closing dates for any comments is 9th July 2020.
Proposed amendments to the existing SEND Policy and Information Report are highlighted in these updated versions of our existing policy documents.