OUR COMMITMENT TO THE SEND CODE OF PRACTICE
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice provides statutory guidance on the SEND system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.
All schools must have regard to the Code when taking decisions relating to pupils with SEN or disabilities and we are committed to supporting our young people and their parents to:
- Express their opinion on matters affecting them, and having those opinions taken into account.
- Contributing to needs assessments.
- Developing and reviewing education health and care (EHC) plans.
Four broad areas of need are identified in the SEND Code of Practice:
- communication and interaction
- cognition and learning
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- sensory and/or physical needs
To aid parents and carers and LMaS students in articulating their needs, the broad areas of need taken from the SEND Code of Practice are described more fully below. In practice, individual young people often have needs that cut across all these areas and their needs may change over time. For instance, speech, language and communication needs can also be a feature of a number of other areas of SEND, and children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have needs across all areas, including particular sensory requirements.
At LMaS we carry out a detailed assessment of need to ensure that the full range of an individual’s needs is identified, not only the primary need. We endeavour to ensure that support provided to each LMaS student is based on a full understanding of their particular strengths and needs, and we seek to address them all using well-evidenced interventions targeted at their areas of difficulty, where necessary incorporating the use of specialist equipment or software.