Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

Who can I contact if I have any queries or concerns?

If parents wish to discuss their child’s special educational need then please contact Victoria O’Dell at victoria.odell@wellington.bradford.sch.uk

Useful resources for parents of SEND children during lockdown

Healthy Minds Resources:  Healthy Minds resources and services for children and young people

BBC Parents Toolkit:  SEND – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382

Resources for supporting children and young people with SEND:  https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/news/19205-resources-for-supporting-children-and-young-people-with-send

Bradford Physical and Medical Team Resources:  https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/content/physical-and-medical-team

http://www.senassist.com/index.html A website with free resources to print and use at home. They are designed to reduce anxieties and associated behaviours and support learning.

https://www.autism.org.uk/ The Autism Society is the UK’s largest provider of specialist autism services. As well as support and resources, they all lead a parents support forum in their community section.

https://www.lifeskillschallenge.org.uk/ This website provides challenges from tidying a room or area to understanding money. The challenges are 10 minutes long and are a great way to recognise and rewards small steps of achievement.

https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/resources/resources/resources-for-parents/ ‘Good communication is the gateway to learning, academic achievement and success at work’ and this website supports children with speech and language needs brilliantly. These resources are for parents and encourage the listening, understanding, interaction and play of their children.

https://greatmindstogether.co.uk/homeschool-timetables A lot of our learners struggle when their routine is changed but a visual timetable can often help. This website gives a list of suggested visual timetables to help organise your week whilst homeschooling. Underneath each timetable is a list of resources and downloads you can use for your ‘lessons’. There are also lots of other downloads and resources which are completely free to use on our ‘Resources & Downloads’ page. (If you would prefer to create your own timetable, we have a blank visual timetable available on our downloads page too!)

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page This website is not specific to Special Needs learners but is well worth a visit as it allows children to access reading books on a tablet or computer for free!

FREE eBook Library. Welcome to our free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. We are making even more eBooks available here, for the duration of UK school closures, so that your child has more to read.
www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

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 a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • has a disability which 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 or mainstream post-16 institutions

For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition of SEN in the above paragraph when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Section 20 Children and Families Act 2014).

Disabled children

Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.

This definition includes sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, and long-term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN, but there is a significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN.

Where a disabled child or young person requires special educational provision they will also be covered by the SEN definition.

Special arrangements in relation to COVID-19.

Following the closure of schools from the 23rd March 2020 Government guidelines stated:

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

Those with an EHC plan should be risk-assessed by their school in consultation with the local authority (LA) and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home.

In order to ensure that our pupils with EHC plans are supported we have consulted families with regards to whether or not their child needs to attend school. We have ensured that the expectations for work being done at home is understood and that pupils can access the work being set by school staff. As a school we are undertaking weekly check ins to ensure that pupils outcomes are kept at the forefront and that their emotional needs are being met. Work set by class teachers takes in to account the needs of the pupils in their classes and is open-ended in nature to allow pupils to engage with and further their own learning.

Parents of SEND pupils may require our support at this time and the email addresses for class teachers can be found on our school website. The SENCO can be reached at Victoria.odell@wellington.bradford.sch.uk.

We are aware that the transition period for our pupils with SEND has been greatly affected by the current situation and we continue to work alongside our secondary colleagues to ensure that the information needed is shared. As the summer term progresses we will begin to send out transition style material that will endeavour to support all our pupils at this transitional time.

Resources that support our pupils’ emotional and social development during this unprecedented time have been uploaded on to the school website in the SEND section. These will continue to be updated as time passes.

External agencies will only become involved if necessary following the usual graduated response process detailed above.

SEND Report for Wellington Primary School

The graduated approach for teaching children at Wellington Primary School

The graduated approach at Wellington Primary School runs alongside the Bradford Matrix of Need 2019.

Who can I contact if I have any queries or concerns?

If parents and/or carers have any issues relating to Wellington’s SEND report or wish to discuss their child’s special educational need then please contact:

Victoria O’Dell (SENCO)
Wellington Primary School,
Dudley Hill Road,
Eccleshill,
Bradford.
BD2 3DE

01274 774446

Useful resources for parents during lockdown

BBC Parents Toolkit:  SEND – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382

The Local Offer

To find out more about the Local Offer, click on one of the links below.

The Local Offer

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/

 

The Local Offer for Early Years

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/Services/Education/default.aspx

 

Special Educational Needs Disabilities Information Advice Support Service SENDIASS 

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/contacts/special-educational-needs-disabilities-information-advice-support-service-sendiass

 

Bradford Council SEND Accessibility Strategy 2018-2020

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/public/images/images/1571410213.pdf 

 

Education Health and Care Assessments and Plans (EHCP)

https://localoffer.bradford.gov.uk/service/759-education-health-and-care-assessments-and-plans-ehcp