Welcome to White Court's SEND Information Page
At White Court, we pride ourselves in our inclusive, community focused environment where all of our children are treated with respect and integrity. Children build up trusted relationships with staff and peers and are then encouraged to become independent learners and thinkers. Children with a special need or disability are treated in the same way and staff work hard to ensure that all children are included in every single subject and area of the daily curriculum.
Early understanding and identification is crucial for children with a special need or disability. Staff, in partnership with parents, pupils and where needed, outside agencies, monitor, assess, plan and provide the best education possible for each individual child.
This page is here to support parents and children in understanding White Court's Local offer. It also offers information on some types of special needs that you, as parents and carers, have asked for support on, and suggests other local agencies who can offer more support.
Parents Views Of SEND at White Court (July 2021)
What do you feel our greatest strengths are regarding the provision of children with SEND?
- You put the children’s needs first before targets and budgets - the child is the primary focus with plan creation process.
- Go above and beyond for pupils.
- It is positive that parents are consulted and included in the One Plan Process and I have been pleased when suggestions have been taken on board.
- Having regular meetings to understand the needs of the child.
- Dealing with behavioural issues and communication between the school and parents.
- The support you have given my child this year has been amazing. He is so much happier.
- Ongoing reviews and really understanding the child’s needs and learning habits.
- Your greatest strength your SEND teacher.
- When approaching a SENCO with a concern, they are very reassuring and show confidence that the issue can be resolved.
- The SENCO's are happy to listen to parents and suggest bespoke solutions to assist the child.
- Acquiring funding, putting in place techniques and methods to help the individual requirements / needs of children.
- We are so grateful for all of the support, knowledge and kindness and building my sons confidence. During the lockdown home learning the online phonics groups were absolutely brilliant and the highlight of his day.
- Communication with parents and involving us in our child's learning, as well as understanding out child and having a good relationship with them.
We have included some additional information below which you may find useful:
- What is a special need?
- What is the SEND Code of Practice?
- Essex Local Offer
- Speech and Language
- What is Autism?
- Specific Learning Disability
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Tic Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome
- Bounce our Sensory Circuit
- Emotional and Mental Health
- Physical and Sensory Impairment
- SEND IASS
- Useful Website Links
What is a special need?
In England, the government defines special needs as:
A child has special educational needs if they have a learning problem or disability that make it more difficult for them to learn than most children their age. They may have problems with schoolwork, communication or behaviour.
'Special educational needs' is a legal definition and refers to children with learning problems or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children the same age.
What is the SEND Code of Practice?
The SEND Code of Practice is a statutory code containing:
- Details of legal requirements that you must follow without exception.
- Statutory guidance that you must follow by law unless there’s a good reason not to.
- It explains the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges to provide for those with special educational needs under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
Essex Local Offer
Information about support services and local opportunities for children and young people with SEND.
There are four main areas of Special Educational Need:
- Cognition and learning
- Communication and interaction
- Social emotional mental health
- Physical and sensory
Communication and Interaction
Speech and Language
We work closely with Speech and Language Therapists to ensure that those children who have additional needs get the support and provision they need. You will find lots of additional videos and resources in the sub-page below including all the actions for Cued Articulation which supports speech production.
What is Autism?
Autism: The positives
Cognition and Learning
Specific Learning Disability
A specific learning disability is defined as “a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations.” This disability category includes such conditions as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia and developmental aphasia (a type of language disorder).
A specific learning disorder is a relatively new classification that groups together reading-related (Severe and Persistent Literacy Difficulty such as dyslexia) and math-related (dyscalculia) disorders under a single umbrella. When a child is diagnosed with a specific learning disorder, the particular areas of impairment are described as part of the diagnosis.
A learning disability affects the way a person understands information and how they communicate. This means they can have difficulty:
- understanding new or complex information
- learning new skills
- coping independently
Apps for Learners with Dyslexia/Reading and Writing Difficulties
Apps for learners with Dyscalculia/Numeracy Difficulties
What is ADHD?
Physical and/or sensory needs
Sensory Processing Disorder
Bounce - Sensory Circuit
Every year group within the school have their own Bounce equipment to support those children who need to release energy, increase their attention and focus or help emotionally to get ready to learn. The children absolutely love it! Click on the sub-page to find out more about 'Bounce.'
Social Emotional and Mental Health
The sub-page below has lots of stories, videos and activities to help support your child's emotional well-being and mental health.
Physical and sensory impairments
SEND IASS Children's Leaflet
IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Useful website links