Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
St Alfege with St Peter's school welcomes pupils of all abilities and backgrounds and ensures that all have the best possible access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, relevant to their needs.
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or hers.
A child or young person of compulsory school age is said to have SEND if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
- 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.
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 provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’. 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.
We aim to identify ways in which all pupils can reach their potential and provide a supportive framework for all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), taking into account the nature and degree of each child’s needs. Children with SEND may need extra help or support, or special provision made for them to allow them to have the same opportunities as others of the same age.
Our SENDCo Miss Webb is available for advice or to discuss any concerns that parents may have – please phone the school to request an appointment.
Our highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants adapt the curriculum to meet individual pupil’s needs. Support may take the form of differentiated classroom activities, individual or small group support in or out of the classroom, specialist help from the SENDCO or other SEND specialists and/or specialist help provided through external agents such as educational psychologists and speech and language therapists including Mrs J Cross. The governor with responsibility for ensuring that Special Needs regulations are met is Dr Beate Hellawell.
You can find out more about SEND in the Royal Borough of Greenwich on their Local Offer website.
SENDCo - Miss Webb