SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
We believe that all children excel with an outstanding education, an enriching curriculum, supportive family and staff who are dedicated and caring.
All learners are unique with differing strengths and interests and we work to these to motivate and instil pupils with confidence. We prepare all of our children for the wider world by supporting them where necessary whilst developing their independence and life skills.
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Shainey Slater and she can be contacted on 0208 969 0629, via the school office or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always here to listen to your concerns. Initially speak with your child’s teacher and/or the SENCO. Hopefully they will be able to address your queries. Should this not suffice you can also contact the Headteacher, who may direct you to the school’s Complaints Policy and procedure.
SEN Information Report
1. What is meant by Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
A learning difficulty or disability is present if a child:
• Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than others of the same age.
• Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.
In consultation with parents, pupils who have an identified special educational need will be included
on the school SEN register, which is maintained by the SENCO.
2. What kinds of SEN are provided for at the school?
At Bevington, we offer support for pupils with SEND across all our different year groups, ranging
from 2-11-year olds. The school plans for a broad range of needs which may cross over one or more
of these areas:
1. Communication & Interaction
2. Sensory & Physical
3. Cognition & Learning
4. Social, Emotional & Mental Health
For further information, please refer to the SEND Code of Practice (2014).
3. Who are the best people to talk to at Bevington Primary School about my child’s difficulties?
- In the first instance, talk to your child’s class teacher about your concerns who can advise
• If you continue to have concerns, you can arrange a meeting with the Assistant
Headteacher/ SENCO, Mr Stephen Smith (Maternity Cover). Please book an appointment
with the office.
4. How will the school let me know if they have concerns about my child?
If there are any concerns around your child’s learning, happiness or wellbeing we will communicate
this with you and work together to action support and next steps for improvement.
We do this through:
• Discussions with the teacher before/after school
• During parent/teacher meetings
• During inclusion meetings with the class teacher/SENCO
5. How does Bevington ensure the teaching staff are appropriately trained to support children’s special educational needs and/or disability?
Staff at Bevington are very well trained to support all children. Training opportunities within and
outside school enable all staff to have a thorough understanding of how children learn, including
how to best support their needs.
For staff working directly with pupils with more complex needs, training is provided by specialist
providers to ensure intervention is well-matched to individual children. Recent training includes:
Attention Autism, Social Stories, Lego Therapy, Speech Sound Disorder, Social Behaviour Mapping,
Conversation Skills, Working Memory & Processing, Attachment, Emotional Regulation, Epi-pen and
Allergy Training and hoist training.
6. How will the curriculum and the school environment be matched to my child’s needs?
At Bevington, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils that can be tailored to
individual needs. For children with specific difficulties, reasonable adjustments can be made to
ensure that the child can better access the learning that is taking place. These may take the form of
teaching adaptions or utilising specific resources such as:
• Planning a personalised curriculum
• Use of visuals
• Utilising multisensory resources
• Supplementing learning with movement breaks
• Considered seating positions
• Personal checklists and notebooks
• Use of ‘wobble cushions’ for those with postural difficulties
• Ear defenders for children with auditory sensitivities
• Adapted language
• Slanted boards for those with visual impairments
• Small group work for when the main classroom can become overly stimulating
7. What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?
At Bevington Primary School, we have a 3 tiered graduated approach to ensure children are well
supported. Most children will achieve well with quality first teaching provided in the classroom (that
which is ‘universal to all’).
Some children may require additional support in the form of interventions. Pupils may or may not
have an identified special educational need to access intervention. Parents will be consulted in the
assessment, planning and reviewing of interventions by the class teacher (‘targeted’).
Where pupils require additional support or the needs of pupils are complex or not clear, a referral
may be made to external specialists. Referrals will always be made in consultation with parents and
Most pupils will graduate through each wave, however some pupils will require external specialist
support straight away if their needs are complex.
8. What kind of specialists are available to pupils?
• Speech and Language Therapist
• Educational Psychologist
• Primary Behaviour Specialists (Tri-borough Alternative Provision- TBAP)
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• Early Help
• Occupational Therapist
• Child Development Services (CDS)
• Education Mental Health Practitioner
• Autism Outreach Team
• Drama Therapist
• Art Therapist
• Early Years Inclusion Team
9. How will the school consider my views and those of my child with regard to her/his difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disabilities?
At Bevington, we want parents/carers to talk to us and feel involved in all areas of their child’s learning – you know your children best!
At Bevington, we want parents/carers to talk to us and feel involved in all areas of their child’s
learning – you know your children best!
Here are some of the ways we may collect your views:
• Through regular meetings with the class teacher to discuss progress and attainment.
• Parent workshops
• Parent questionnaires to collect your views
• If your child has an identified special educational need, you will be invited to a termly
meetings with the class teacher and/or SENCO to discuss current progress, support
strategies and expected outcomes.
• If your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you and your child will be able to
share your views more formally at the Annual Review Meeting.
• If a child is a Looked After Child (LAC), they can speak to the designated officer for LAC
(Stephen Smith) and/or give their views in meetings with education, health and social care
10. How will you support my child to reach his/her learning outcomes?
The class teacher and other staff working with your child ensure that your child receives appropriate
teaching and support in order to reach their learning goals.
Pupils with SEN may have an individual Support Plan drawn up with the class teacher and/or SENCO,
in consultation with you and your child (where appropriate). This plan sets termly targets for pupils
to achieve and outlines strategies to be used to support pupils both in school and at home. Progress
is discussed and reviewed termly during parent/teacher evenings.
If your child is supported by an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan, the SENCO (Mr Smith) will
organise a larger meeting (Annual Review) to discuss your child’s Support Plan and invite all adults
involved in supporting your child. These meetings will occur at least annually but may be more
frequent depending on what your child needs.
11. What is an EHC Plan and who can request one for my child?
An EHCP stands for an Education, Health and Care Plan. The purpose of an EHCP is to provide special
provision to meet the special educational needs of a child or young person, to secure improved
outcomes for him/her across education, health and social care and, as he/she gets older, prepare for
adulthood. EHCPs can be requested by a child’s parent, the young person themselves (if over the age
of 16 but under 25) and a person acting on behalf of a school (with the knowledge and agreement of
the parent and young person where possible.
Please make an appointment with Mr Smith (SENCO) if you wish to discuss whether an EHCP would
benefit your child.
12. How will you help me to support my child’s learning?
Working with parents is important in securing the best possible outcomes for pupils. We can help
you to support your child’s learning in a variety of ways:
13. How is support fairly allocated to children?
Bevington Primary School receives funding from the local authority which is used to support the
learning of children with SEN and disabilities. Funding is fairly allocated to support pupils accessing
supporting at the universal and targeted tier of support and can contribute to funding for resources
• iPads for pupils with SEN
• Assistive technology
• Intervention resources to support SEN
• Teaching Assistants to support pupils in class
• Resources to support fine/gross motor skills
• Training for staff
• Resources to support learning and well-being
• Specialist equipment (if required)
We want all pupils to achieve well and we will provide the support required to ensure pupil needs
are met. If longer term funding is required, for example to employ a 1:1 Teaching Assistant to
support a pupil, the SENCO will consult with parents to apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan
14. How will the school know that the support has made a difference to my child’s learning and how can I and my child be included in this review process?
Your child’s academic progress will be assessed within the classroom by the class teacher and shared
with you during parent/teacher meetings.
Support Plans are written for pupils on the SEN register to outline the outcomes expected and
support provided. Parents and pupils (where appropriate) will be included in the planning and
reviewing of plans to ensure their wishes are considered. Pupils will be asked to rate their progress
using a simple visual or verbal measure.
Where pupils have completed interventions, which are proven to be effective and have not made
adequate progress, the SENCO may decide to ask for more specialised help. Specialists will discuss
with you how they assess pupils and will include you and your child in the planning and review
15. What support will there be for my child’s happiness and well-being at school?
At Bevington Primary School, we take children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health very
seriously and offer and range of programmes and resources to support children and families.
Some of the strategies we use include:
• MindUp curriculum
• Brain Breaks throughout the school day
• Support from the school’s Education Mental Health Practitioner, Nisha Patel
• Access to Art Therapy
• Drama Therapy
• West London Zone intervention programme
• Emotional Literacy
• Zones of Regulation
For more information on any of these strategies, please see our ‘Wellbeing’ section on the school’s
16. How is my child included in all the same activities as his/her peers at school?
Bevington Primary School is an inclusive school and committed to providing equal opportunities for
all children. School clubs, educational visits and residential trips are available to all children,
regardless of their needs or disability.
When necessary, the school will make reasonable adjustments to ensure that children with special
educational needs and disability (SEND) are included in all activities. You should feel free to contact
your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns.
17. How will you support my child to transition from class to class or to a new school?
Between Teachers and Classes:
• Useful resources, strategies and information will be passed to the new teacher
• Children may make planned visits to their new classroom and meet their new teachers.
• A transition book may be used to prepare pupils for the change in teacher and room.
• A transition passport will be written to identify pupils strength, interests, needs and
• Transition visits – pupils see their new classrooms and meet new staff
• The old school and new school will discuss how best to support your child.
• Useful resources and information will be passed to the new school.
• A transition book may be used to prepare pupils for the change in school.
18. What facilities are there for pupils with a disability?
Section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 says that a person has a disability if the person:
• Has a physical or mental impairment, and
• The impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
Long term refers to 12 months or more and ‘substantial’ refers to more than minor or trivial.
Facilities provided for by school are:
• Access to mental health support via a links CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health
• For lower-level mental health concerns, access to our Education Mental Health Practitioner
(EMHP) who is based at school weekly, as well as drama and art therapists.
• A lift to support pupils with physical disability
• A hoist system to support pupils with physical disability
• Disabled toilet facilities including hoist, change bench, toilet handle bars, safety alarm and height adjustable sink
• Evacu-chairs to support the safe evacuation of pupils with a physical disability down the stairs
• Height adjustable classroom table
• Ramps or inclines at key doorways
• Ramps to access the raised garden area
• Ramps to access the stage
• Height adjustable cooking hobs in the cooking specialist room
• Height adjustable sink in the Art specialist room
19. What are the admission arrangements for pupils with special educational needs and disability?
If your child has special educational needs or disability (SEND) but does not have an Education,
Health and Care Plan, you can apply for a place in the same way as other parents.
If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), the admissions process for your child is a
little different. You must liaise with your child’s EHC Coordinator at the local authority where you
live, who will support you to name a school on your child’s EHCP. The named school must then offer
a place for your child.
20. Who can I contact if I have a complaint about the SEN provision made for my child?
Initially, you are advised to speak to your child’s class teacher who should be able to alleviate any
concerns you may have. If you are still not satisfied, you can contact the office and make an
appointment to speak to the SENCO who can hopefully address the concerns you have.
Following this, if you still have concerns, you can contact the office for an appointment with the
Headteacher who may direct you to the school’s Complaints Policy. If your complaint can still not be
resolved at this stage, you may be put in touch with the Chair of Governors.
21. What is the Local Offer and where can I find it?
The Local Offer is the council’s offer for parents and young people. It includes provision both in and
out of school and will include services and support provided by the private and voluntary sectors as
well as the council and the NHS. It will also include information about the arrangements for
identifying and assessing children and young people’s special educational needs and for requesting
an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment. In addition, there will be information on how
to raise concerns about services.
For the RBKC Local Offer, click here:
22. How do we evaluate the effectiveness of our SEN provision?
The quality and effectiveness of SEN provision available to pupils at Bevington is monitored by the senior leadership team and in particular by the SENCO. Monitoring may include:
- Evaluation of the impact of provision on pupils (quality provision should yield quality outcomes for pupils)
- Observations of teaching and learning
- Pupil observations
- Pupil questionnaires
- Parent questionnaires
- Staff questionnaires
- Book Looks
- Environment checks
- Observations of support staff
- Learning Plan evaluation
- Planning checks
23. What support services are available to parents of pupils with SEN?
Please click on this link to find out information related to support services for parents/carers of pupils with SEN:
Please also look at the Full of Life website to access support: http://www.fulloflifekc.com/
24. Who helps us support the pupils?
The Local Offer provides information about services that children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies.
For more information about the offer provided by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, please click here:
To view the school’s SEN policy and Accessibility Plan please click on the attachment below.
This has been updated as a result of legislative changes in January (2015) dictated by the new SEND Code of Practice 2015.