Our SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator) is Miss Adams. She can be contacted through the school office:
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone – 01204 333522
We work closely with Bolton Information and Advisory Service who offer guidance and support or families. More information can be found on their website by clicking here.
What does SEND mean?
Children are unique and therefore we are aware that each individual progresses at a different rate. We recognise children all have different interests, talents, abilities and aspirations. Our staff take account of this in the way they plan and teach high quality learning experiences, support and assess our children. Teachers use a range of assessment strategies daily alongside half termly assessments to monitor children’s progress. Children who make slower progress or have particular difficulties in an area are given extra support by the teacher or TA where necessary. St William of York is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children within our school.
We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them. We equally value all pupils in the school and strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination thereby developing an environment where all children flourish and feel safe. At St. William’s we are committed to inclusion. We strategically plan for improvement ensuring a sense of community and belonging, which offers new opportunities to learners who may have experienced previous difficulties. This does not mean that we treat all learners in the same way, but that we respond to learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs.
It is important not to assume, just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational needs. Teachers strive to bridge gaps in children’s learning on a daily basis and as a school we are able to provide smaller group work on a regular basis to support this.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: for 0 to 25 years (Statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with SEN), is the document which gives guidance on increasing options and improving provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
This definition appears at the beginning of the document:
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 so do if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and Families Bill).
Click here to view the SEND Code of Practice
What is the Local Offer?
All Bolton Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA 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 Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.
The LA Local Offer
- Following the publication of The Children and Families Act in 2014, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
- The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
Please click here to view the LA Local Offer