Areas of Need Explained
Springfield Infant School and Nursery is a mainstream school part of the Orwell Multi Academy Trust that takes pupils aged 3 to 7 years old. The main building is on one floor with two levels with wheelchair access available throughout via a lift between the two levels. We have an onsite kitchen that provides free school meals for all our pupils. A 52 place Nursery is located in a portable classroom located on the playground. There are 3 classes per year group with an average of 29 pupils per class, 7/10 of the classes have immediate access to an outside space.
The SEND Code of Practice (2015) says that a child has a learning difficulty if ‘he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools’. We have developed significant expertise in knowing when this applies to a pupil and can differentiate between SEN and other additional needs.
“All children are entitled to an education that enables them to:
achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes and
become confident young children with a growing ability to communicate their own views and ready to make the transition into compulsory education “
SEN code of Practice 2014 page 68
Under the new code of practice (2015)-pupils will be identified as having SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
Have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
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 post -16 institutions.
These special educational needs will be identified in terms of four main categories of need.
These need/s will fall into one or more of the following four categories:
Cognition and Learning
Communication and Interaction
Social, Emotional and mental Health Difficulties
Sensory and/or Physical Needs.
Pupils with SEND are regarded as full members of the school community. We aim to include them in all opportunities, both curricular and extra-curricular. This may involve a degree of forward planning and the establishment of extra resources. It may also involve the preparation of a Risk Assessment or behaviour support plan and careful consideration of the health and safety of all our pupils and staff.
**If you are considering applying for a place at our school and you are aware that your child has additional needs we highly recommend that you arrange a visit to speak to either the Head teacher or the SENCO before application.