Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision at Waterhouses CE Primary Academy
What are Special Educational Needs?
Special Educational Needs, or SEN, is a term that is used to describe pupils who have needs over and above those that can be met by good quality classroom teaching. We also use the term ‘Additional Needs’. The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs. They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education. If you are concerned that your child may have additional or special educational needs, please talk to your child’s classteacher. Alternatively, please speak to the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
The SENCO at Waterhouses CE Primary Academy is Mr Matthew Dodson (Deputy Headteacher).
The SEND link governor is Miss Beth Hall.
What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
- The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
Further information about Staffordshire County Council’s Local Offer can be found here:
The range of services available through the Staffordshire Local Offer can be found here:
We are very proud of our Inclusive School
At Waterhouses Primary School we are committed to offering a fully inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of inclusion, encouragement, respect and care.
We are proud of the work we do with all our pupils and we have significant strengths working with children with special educational needs. We recognise SEN with the intention of addressing unmet needs; and enabling children to have an ability to engage, and develop skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and even excel beyond their potential across all areas of the curriculum.
Evidence shows us that across the UK, mental health issues in children are increasing while child wellbeing is deteriorating. In view of this we understand that we have a vital role in promoting mental and emotional wellbeing whilst developing children’s resilience. Therefore, we are introducing the Zones of Regulation, Nurture Provisions and LEGO Play from September 2019 which we believe will have a positive impact for our children.
We follow the guidelines set out in the Code of Practice for SEN. Teaching staff continually strive to fully understand their pupils and comprehensively meet their needs.
Our Schools SEND Information Report can be accessed here: Waterhouses SEN Information Report 2018-19
Information on SEND interventions currently offered at Waterhouses can be accessed here: Interventions
Our SEND policy can be accessed here: Special Educational Needs And Disability Policy
Information on our new Nurture Provisions can be accessed here: Woodland Leaflet
Useful websites to support parents/carers of children with SEN: