Welcome to our special educational needs and disability (SEND) information pages. The aim of these pages is to explain how staff at Royston St. John Baptist CE Primary School are able to support children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

We are an inclusive school and believe that all children should be valued and treated with respect. At school we use our best endeavours to ensure that the provision for all pupils is of the highest possible standard, whilst acknowledging that we are continually striving to improve our practice. We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between children with SEND and their non-SEND peers. We are working to achieve this in variety of different ways.

At Royston St. John Baptist CE Primary School we believe that all children are entitled to an appropriate broad and balanced education. To this end we try to give our children, including those with SEND, the skills that will enable them to be fully included in the life of the school. It is our belief that the inclusion of SEND children brings benefits to everyone, as all children can learn from one another and all are valued, regardless of ability or disability.

Through inclusion we aim to promote respect and understanding for all pupils. We encourage all children to have high aspirations for themselves and to have pride in their achievements. Work in all subject areas is differentiated to enable all children to succeed and make progress from their own starting point.

Our SENCO is Miss Hanna Marsh, she can be contacted on 01226 722011.

Children and adults alike value each other, whatever their abilities or disabilities.

What is “Special Educational Needs”?

‘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 them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age;

or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post -16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and Families Act)’ (Draft SEN Code of Practice 2013, 1.8)

What is a disability?

The Equality Act 2010 states that a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. A physical or mental impairment includes: learning difficulties including specific learning difficulties; medical conditions including epilepsy, diabetes, more severe forms of asthma and eczema; autism; speech, language and communication impairments.

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.

RSJB SEN Information Report