Welcome to our SEND Information Report, which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
A definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:
The Government defines a child as having a SEND ‘if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age.’ (CoP 2015, p16)
Our Ethos and approach to supporting pupils with SEND:
At Sunnybrow Primary School, we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEND.
The four broads areas of need:
In Sunnybrow Primary School, we recognise that there are four main areas which cover Special Educational Needs. These areas and their meanings are as follows:
Communication and Interaction
Delay in attention / Interaction Skills—children may have difficulties ignoring distractions and may need regular prompts to stay on task. They may find whole class work difficult. They may need individualised motivation in order to complete tasks. These children may have peer relationship issues or may not be able to initiate or maintain a conversation.
Understanding / Receptive Language—children may need visual support to understand or process spoken language. Children may repeat language.
Speech / Expressive Language—children may use simplified language and use limited vocabulary. Ideas and conversations may be difficult to follow, with the need to request further clarification. Some immaturities are in the sound system. Grammar/phonological awareness is still fairly poor and therefore literacy can be affected.
Cognition and Learning
Children may have difficulties with the skills needed for effective learning such as use of: language, memory and reasoning skills; sequencing and organisation skills; an understanding of number; problem-solving; fine and gross motor skills; independent learning skills; exercising choice; decision making and information processing.
Social, Mental and Emotional Health
Children may have difficulties with social and emotional development which may lead to or stem from: social Isolation; behavioural difficulties; attention difficulties; anxiety and depression; attachment disorders; low self esteem and issues with self image.
Sensory and/or Physical
These pupils may have a medical or genetic condition that could lead to difficulties with: specific medical conditions; gross and fine motor skills; visual or hearing impairment; accessing the curriculum without adaptation; physically accessing the school building or equipment; oversensitivity to noise / smells / light / touch / taste and issues with toilet / self care.
Consultation and review of the School Information Report:
Our School Information report is reviewed annually by our SEND Governor Mrs Lynne Thompson.
At Sunnybrow Primary School, we have appointed a Designated Teacher for Looked after Children (Mrs Binks) who works closely with the SENCO (Mrs Sim) to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEND. Our SEND Link Governor is Mrs Lynne Thompson. Please click on the contact SENCO link or call the school office if you would like to make an appointment.
We strive to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
The information that must be included in our SEND Information Report can be found under the image headings or from the SEND menu. We will continue to add information on the website and welcome your feedback by using the on-line form