Special Educational Needs and Disability

At High Littleton Church of England Primary School, we strive to support all our children and enable them to reach their full potential at school. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets.

SENCO - Mrs Claire Richardson (senco@highlittletonschool.com)

SEN Information

The Children and Families Act 2014 became law in September 2014. The Act reforms the way special educational needs is managed in schools. A new Code of Practice provides statutory guidance to schools for the support of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

This new Code of Practice is available to view or download on the Department for Education website. Useful summary documents are also available on a range of websites, outlining the reforms to special educational needs support and how any changes to statutory practice may affect your child.

The latest full draft SEN Code of Practice (January 2015) can be viewed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/398815/SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf

Send Gateway

A useful summary document can be found at sendgateway.org.uk

The National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN), is a very useful organisation providing guidance to parents and professionals on a wide range of special educational needs issues. There is up to date information on their website about these latest reforms. To find out more about this useful association please link to: http://www.nasen.org.uk/

​​Support for families and young people with special educational needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Explore the SEND Local Offer to find out what support there is available for young people with SEND and their families. Live Well B&NES includes details of wellbeing groups, social clubs, inclusive activities, holiday clubs, mental health support services and opportunities beyond formal education.

Dedicated information sections signpost to support around benefits and funding, Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s), health services and how to access impartial advice and guidance from specialist teams.

Parent Carers of young people with SEND can identify ways they can access support for their role as a parent carer of a child with additional needs.

You can also apply for your child’s free Rainbow Resource card providing discreet confirmation of their additional need, and enabling them to access dedicated activity sessions, quiet spaces and support, and in some cases concessions to venues across the South West.

Visit the SEND Local Offer to find out more.

 The SEND Partnership Service (SPS)​

The SEND Partnership Service (SPS) offers free, confidential, impartial and legally based information to children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and their parents or carers. https://www.spsbathnes.org.uk/pages/home/parent-carer


Specialist Autism Support Services (SASS)

Signposting to services, groups and courses to support parents and carers of those with a diagnosis of Autism.


Admission Arrangements for Children with Disabilities

The arrangements for the admission of pupils with Special Needs or disabilities to gain admission as pupils to High Littleton fall within our duties under the Equality Act 2010 and are the same as those applied to all pupils. Admission is in the first instance arranged by application to the Local Education Authority. If successful, High Littleton then receives notification that a child has been allocated a place.

We will take steps to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils. We will use our best endeavours to ensure that no child is unable to attend our school because of any special need or disability. In order to promote equality of opportunity for disabled children we will make reasonable adjustments (including the provision of auxiliary aids and services) to prevent them being put under a disadvantage.

In practice we ensure that classroom and extra-curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having special educational needs or disability. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.

To see our Accessibility Plan click here