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Special Educational Needs and Disability

Mrs Clare Tilling


Mrs Sue Anderson

Consultant SENCo

Lynne Adams

SEN Governor

St White's Primary School has a named Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator and a named Governor responsible for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
They ensure that the St White's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy works within the guidelines and inclusion policies of the Code of Practice (2014), the Children and Families Act 2014, the Local Education Authority, and other policies current within the school. 
All children and young people with SEND are values, respected and are equal members of the school. As such, provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the school as a whole. All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND. The governing body, headteacher, SENCo and all other members of staff have important responsibilities.
St White's Primary School also recognises that pupil performance and well-being are synonymous. Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe or if health problems create barriers to learning. 
If you wish to make contact with the school SENCo, you may email Mrs Tilling on admin@st-whites.gloucs.sch.uk.
What are Special Educational Needs?
Some children have barriers to learning that mean they have special needs and require particular action by the school. They may be for a short period or throughout a child's educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered the school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education. 
They may have difficulties with
  • reading, writing, maths or understanding information
  • all of the work in school
  • expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • speech and/or language
  • making friends or relating to adults
  • behaving appropriately in school 
  • organising themselves
  • sensory or physical needs
  • emotional needs
How do we support your child?
St White's Primary School is totally inclusive and we welcome all children. Our school is dedicated to the swift identification of any SEND so that barriers to learning can be removed and that child can begin to make accelerated progress. Where a child has a recognised special need or disability, we will make reasonable adjustments to meet those needs, to ensure your child thrives in our mainstream setting. 

Gloucestershire Local Offer
A Voice for Parents
Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum is a voice for those with lived experience of being a Parent Carer (This means parents and/or carers of children with any disability, SEN, condition, impairment or additional need). We can create a bridge to the providers of statutory services to help build better services for all families of disabled children in Gloucestershire.
SENDIASS - impartial advice for parents
SENDIASS offer accurate, up to date and ipartial resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability. This covers
  • education, health and social care
  • national and local policy
  • the Local Offer
  • your rights and choices
  • your opportunities to participate
  • where you can find help and advice
  • how you can access this support
Sometimes information alone is not enough. You may want help to gather information, make sense of it and apply it to your own situation. We call this advice and we offer this service by email, on the telephone, face to face and through work with groups or in training. 
We can also offer more intensive support if you need it. This can include helping with letters, attending meetings with you or supporting you in discussions with the local authority, school or other setting. 
When we are not able to help we will do our best to tell you about, or put you in touch with, other groups or organisations that can help. We call this signposting. 

Below you will find some documents relating to Special Education Needs that may be useful for supporting your child both in school and at home.