Special Educational Needs

Some children may experience difficulty with their learning at some point during their time in school. This may be a short term or longer lasting difficulty. This is identified if a child: finds it significantly more difficult to learn than the majority of children of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the Local Authority.

The designated Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator is: Mrs Gemma Wilson

We are committed to ensuring that every child is offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, including an appropriate curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. 

Our commitment to the “unique child” in terms of development, inclusion, safety and well-being moves the identification of need away from the “special” category into the belief of fostering positive outcomes for all our children. We aim to be a school with a nurturing ethos which supports children and their families.

We have highly trained teachers and teaching assistants who can help and support children who are experiencing any difficulties and Mrs Wilson coordinates this work across the whole school. If we feel that your child is experiencing particular difficulties we will, of course, talk to you about this so that you are aware of what we are doing to support your child and can help with this at home.

Roles & Responsibilities of the Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Our SENDCO is responsible for the operation of the Disabilities and Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEND. We liaise with staff to monitor the child’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. We regularly have contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice. If you have any concerns regarding SEND matters do not hesitate to contact us.
What is the Local Offer?
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families.

The Local Offer aims to help families of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by gathering useful information they need to know, in one place, so they can make informed choices about the support they receive. You can find out more about Cornwall's Local Offer by following the link below.

Our Local Offer describes the provision and guidance that is available for children and young people here at Biscovey Nursery and Infants' Academy for children:

  • with SEND;
  • with or without an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or Statement of SEN.
Current DSEN Updates

Children and Families Act 2014, and the new SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years (from September 2014).

The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The new code of practice extends the SEN system from birth to 25, giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It takes forward the reform programme set out in Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by: 

  • replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with a new birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need; 

  • improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together ;requiring local authorities to involve children, young people and parents in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support. 

The Government has published a guide to parents which can be downloaded below.