Special Educational Needs (SEND)

Welcome to the SEN section of the school website. On this page you will find lots of useful information related to SEN. Our SENCo is Mrs R McMeekin.

What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age.

Around one in five children has SEN at some point during their school years. Some children have SEN right through their time in school.

SEN covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability. Children may have wide-ranging or specific problems. Eg, a child might have difficulty with one area of learning, such as letters or numbers. Or they might have problems relating to other children, or to adults. Having English as a second language is not considered by law to be a SEN.

What is the Local Offer?

The LA Local Offer:

  • The Children and Families Bill became enacted in 2014. From this date, 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 (SEN) 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.

Further information about Lancashire County Council's Local Offer can be found here: http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/about-lancashires-local-offer.aspx  

  

Meet Our SENCo

At Lowerhouse Junior School our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is the same as for all children - that they succeed in their education and reach their full potential. This involves partnership working with governors, teaching staff, SENCo and parents/carers.

 

As SENCo, I work closely with all parties to ensure children with SEND receive high quality provision. Please read our ‘Local Offer’ and ‘SEND Policy’ for more details.

 

If you would like to contact me about your child please email me at r.mcmeekin@lowerhouse.lancs.sch.uk

 

Alternatively an appointment can be made to see staff via the school office by telephoning 01282 426774