Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Local Offer)
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School is a highly inclusive primary school which has high aspirations for all our children to ensure that they reach their full potential. We work in partnership with our children, parents and outside agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes, including those with a range of additional and complex needs. Our inclusion policy and procedures ensure that high quality first teaching, high expectations, early intervention and appropriate support for all our children are in place to allow all our children to succeed.
The class teacher, alongside other support staff, plans an appropriately differentiated curriculum for our children with additional needs to ensure high quality teaching and learning with effective support and resources. Assessments ensure that children are on track to meet targets and planning accurately addresses needs. Progress, targets and plans are regularly reviewed and evaluated to inform next steps.
What does SEND mean?
SEND means Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Children have a special need if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made. This will be if the child:
- Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
- Has a disability which prevents or hinders then from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of school age within Local Authority area.
- communication and interaction.
- cognition and learning.
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
- sensory and/or physical needs.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's learning and development; social and emotional or mental and physical needs, then please do not hesitate to contact our SENCo Mrs Casson at firstname.lastname@example.org
This page can be used to find out about Our Lady's supports children with Special Educational Need and Disabilities.
Our Lady's SEND Local Offer
Our Lady's Inclusion Policy
Leeds Local SEND offer
Help for Parents and Links
Local Support for Children with SEND
- https://leedslocaloffer.org.uk/#!/directory - For more information about the local SEND offer in Leeds .
- https://sendiass.leeds.gov.uk/ - Leeds SENDIASS is a free service to Leeds residents, that provides high quality, bespoke, impartial and confidential support to ensure that pupils and families are at the heart of decision-making processes and are fully informed of their options and rights that affect their lives.
- http://www.starsteam.org.uk/ - A team of autism specialists who committed to raising expectation and achievement for all children with autism in Leeds.
- https://www.mindmate.org.uk/ - help young people in Leeds find help with their mental health and wellbeing.
- https://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/our-services-a-z/camhs/home/ - CAMHS information for parents, carers, young people and professionals.
Other Support for Children with SEND
- www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)
- www.attentionautism.com – For more information on Attention Autism and how you can support your child to develop attention and turn-taking skills
- www.widgit.com/resources - Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists
- www.special-needs-kids.co.uk – An information directory for parents and carers
- www.iassnetwork.co.uk – Advice and support for parents of children with SEN
- www.autismuk.com – Lots of information on ASD
- www.downs-syndrome.org.uk – Advice and support, including booklets to help with independent toileting, sleeping and managing behaviour
- www.autismspeaks.org – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
- www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com/main/library_social_stories.html - A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories