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How Do We Identify the Special Educational Needs of Pupils?

At different times in their school life, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice 2014 defines SEN as follows:


“A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:


a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or


b) 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 mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.


Where pupils’ progress is significantly slower than that of their peers,or fails to match their previous rate of progress, despite high quality teaching targeted at specific areas of difficulty it may be that the child has SEN. Information will be gathered including seeking the views of parents and the pupil, as well as from teachers and assessment. There are many reasons for learners ‘ falling behind’ . These may include absences, attending lots of different schools, difficulties with speaking English, or worries that distract them from learning.


Ridgefield Primary School understands that children experiencing these barriers to learning are vulnerable. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEND. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires a special educational provision will be identified as having SEND.

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