The current SEND Code of Practice categorises SEND under the following four broad headings:
- Communication and Interaction e.g. speech, language and communication needs (SLCN); Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome
- Cognition and Learning e.g. Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health e.g. attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD); depression, eating disorder, attachment disorder, self-injury
- Physical and Sensory e.g. Visual impairment (VI); Deafness or Hearing impairment (HI); Multi-Sensory impairment (MSI); Cerebral Palsy etc.
Whilst each child’s needs are unique, the above categories help the school to broadly plan provision. Some children may have needs in more than one category.
Limitations of the school site
At Holy Trinity we take our duties under the Equality Act 2010 seriously and we continue to implement a programme of improvements to the school building in order to make it accessible to more children. However, the nature of the school site will make access very difficult for children with some types of physical disability. Parents of children with mobility difficulties are therefore advised to visit the school and meet with the Inclusion Leader before applying for a place, so that they can make an informed decision as to whether the school can meet reasonably meet their child’s physical needs.
Parents are asked to alert the school office to any medical conditions that their child may have and provide contact details for their GP. Children may require an individual health care plan that will normally specify the type and level of support required to meet the child’s medical needs. This should be drawn up by medical staff and shared with the school.