School Welfare Co-ordinator and Trust SENDs Leader
Government legislation within the Code of Practice 2014 requires governing bodies of maintained school to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s policy for pupils with SEN.
‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special education provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age;
b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.’
The government has transformed the system for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Children and Families Act 2014 now extends the SEND system from 0-25 years giving children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions, ensuring needs are met. The main changes are:
- Replacing Statements of Special Educational Needs with the Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
- Extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control regarding the support they need.
- Improving cooperation between all services that support children and their families; 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.
At The Moorlands Primary Federation (TMPF), we are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents, carers and Trustees irrespective of race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, mental health or socio-economic background. We aim to continually develop our lovely and warm culture of inclusion and diversity, as we believe, as a family of five schools full of wonderful children, that this can enable those connected to the schools to feel proud of their identity and have the ability to participate fully in school life.
We tackle discrimination through the positive promotion of equality, by challenging bullying, challenging misconceptions and challenging stereotypes. We believe that this will enable us to create and nurture an environment which promotes love for one another.
At TMPF, we believe that diversity is a strength. If we were all the same, our lives would not be as rich. The differences in British society and our community should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn with us, teach with us, support us and visit us.
We provide all our pupils with the opportunity to learn, to develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and to celebrate personal achievement. We do this by:
TMPF admissions arrangements are fair and transparent.
TMPF admission arrangements do not, and will not, discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health or socio-economic background.
TMPF are proud to provide an effective and interesting education for the children within each school and have the interests of the pupils at the heart of decisions which we make.
Decisions on Admissions and Exclusions will always take into account the current pupils at each school and the Trust’s values.
TMPF will make all appointments and staffing changes with fairness and equality of opportunity whilst always searching for the best candidate for each role, as that is what our children deserve. Appointments will always be in compliance with the law.