All Sunderland maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by Together For Children Sunderland on behalf of Sunderland City Council 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 broad areas of SEND need are:
- Communication & interaction
- Cognition & Learning
- Social, Emotional & mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25.
This is the ‘Local Offer’. Together for Children’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team carries out statutory functions on behalf of Sunderland City Council in relation Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and Education Heath and Care Plans (EHCPs).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.
What is the Special Education Needs Information Report
Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide. Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Education Needs Information Report’.
The support which can be offered in school is part of the wider Local Authority Offer, details of which can be found at www.sunderland.gov.uk.. If you need to speak to the school to discuss your SEND requirements, please contact the school office to make an appointment.
Information about the Local Offer & Education, Health and Care Plans: