Special Educational Needs and Disability

At The Vale Primary Academy, we are committed to being fully inclusive, ensuring that all members of our school are treated fairly and equally. The Vale Primary Academy’s approach to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) shows our commitment to being fully inclusive. By working in partnership with children, families and partner agencies, we ensure that all children receive the support they need to access all aspects of school life. We respect each child as an individual and have high expectations and aspirations for all.

Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.

As a school we support and implement SEND provision inline with the Department for Education Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Contact

SENDCo – Mrs Steph Rowse

Acting SENDCo – Mr Lee Goodman

Tel: 01977 722 485

What is the SEND Local Offer? 

The government has listened to what parents say about their experience of services and have put in place a number of things to bring about improvements. One of these is the ‘Local Offer’. In 2012 the former Children’s Minister Sarah Teather explained that: 

“The current system is outdated and not fit for purpose. Thousands of families have had to battle for months, even years, with different agencies to get the specialist care their children need. It is unacceptable they are forced to go from pillar to post, facing agonising delays and bureaucracy to get support, therapy and equipment”. 

“It is a huge step forward to require health, education and care services work together. The reforms will give parents better information and a comprehensive package of support that meets their needs”. 

Local authorities and other services will set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have SEN and their families. The local offer will enable families to understand what services they can access and what support they can expect from a range of local agencies, including from the local authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector. The offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care. 

The potential outcomes of the Local Offer are: 

  • To provide clarity and confidence for parents; 
  • To support earlier intervention; 
  • To reduce the need for assessment; 
  • To identify need and gaps in provision; 
  • To provide an evidence base for improving progress and securing better outcomes, at school and local level.   

SEND Information Report 

All DELTA academies have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting whenever possible, if families want this to happen.   

At The Vale Primary Academy we believe every pupil with a special educational need or any disability has an entitlement to fulfil his/her full potential. This is achieved by ensuring the wellbeing of all pupils in relation to: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making positive contributions and achieving social and economic wellbeing. 

The Vale Primary Academy provides a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum for all children. Teacher set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs. Some children have barriers to learning that mean they have a special need which may require particular action by the academy. 

Children may have a special educational need at some point during their school career. This policy outlines the planning, identification, assessment and provision needed for any child who experiences difficulties. 

Head of Academy : Mr Jag Singh 

He is responsible for: 

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the academy,  this includes the support for children with SEN and/or disabilities. 
  • She will give responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met. 
  • She  must make sure that the Academy Advisory Board is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND. 

AAB Member: Mrs Sue Brain  

She is responsible for: 

  • Making sure that the academy has an up to date SEND Policy.
  • Making sure that the setting has appropriate provision and has made necessary adaptations to meet the needs of all children in the school.
  • Making sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the setting who has SEN and/or disabilities.
  • Making visits to understand and monitor the support given to children with SEND in the academy and being part of the process to ensure your child achieves his/her potential during their time at the academy. 

How can my children get help at the academy? 

Children in the setting will get support that is specific to their individual needs. 

This may be all provided by the class teacher or may involve: 

  • Other staff in the setting.
  • Staff who will visit from the Local Authority central services such as the Educational Psychologist, ASD Outreach Team (Northcott) or Integrated Physical and Sensory Service (IPASS).
  • Staff who visit from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service. 

You can read our SEN Report in full on our Statutory Information page.

As an academy we have implemented the Thrive Approach to support our pupils with complex SEMH needs.

We are currently creating a designated space within school for this work to be completed, we look forward to updating you about this soon.