A young person has Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. If the impairment has a substantial and long term effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities it may amount to a disability.
If a student is identified as having a SEND we will inform parents/carers and place them onto the SEND register. The SEND register is kept on the staff intranet and enables our staff to access support strategies for individual students.
Students with a SEND are identified throughout the transition process through meetings with key staff at the previous educational setting. If an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)1 is in place the Local Educational Authority will be involved throughout the transition process. We offer a range of support during transition to help students become accustom to the new faces and the change of environment before starting with us in September. An electronic transfer of student data occurs on the 1st September this includes a student’s SEND status.
Soon after the students start SJLHS we carry out a range of testing which allows us to identify students who require further intervention for literacy and numeracy or may have some learning needs in these areas.
If a parent is still concerned about their child’s educational needs in the first instance they can raise their concerns with their child’s form tutor. If they still require further guidance they can directly contact the school’s Special Education Needs Department.