Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The Government confirms legislation regarding children and young people with SEND. Wiltshire, as a Pathfinder Local Authority, also reviews its processes and provision in light of Government legislation. Our current SEN policy can be found on our Policy website page.
There was a revised SEN Code of Practice (DfE, April 2014) which came into practice from September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health and social care.
The revision also required schools to publish information on their websites about the implementation of the governing bodies or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN.
SEND Information Reports
Each of our schools produces their own SEND Information Reports. These are available to read using the links below.
SEN Code of Practice (DfE 2014)
What does the new Code of Practice mean for you and your child?
An increased pupil and parent voice
Changes to the current SEN categories of support:
- Statements of Educational Need will be replaced with Education and Health Care (EHC) Plans otherwise known as My Plans in Wiltshire. They will cover an extended period of 0-25 years.
- School Action Plus and School Action categories will become SEN Support – whilst continuing to access the appropriate level of support that they are currently receiving.
- Health will play a larger part in children’s education and work more closely with schools/education provision.
- Wiltshire LA have introduced a “Local Offer” of available services and our schools provision and approaches are available in our SEN information report.
- More delegated funding and choice for parents and schools.
See links below for further information
If children have been emotionally knocked off track, either briefly or for long periods, Thrive helps professionals, parents and carers understand the needs being signalled by the children’s behaviour and gives targeted strategies and activities to help them to re-connect.
The Thrive Approach draws on the understandings within these fields to provide a distinct way of working with children that supports their key social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach prepares professionals to work with children and their parents and carers, in targeted ways, who have struggled with difficult life experiences. This helps children to re-engage with life and learning in order to develop confident, happy and creative children with healthy, curious minds.
The Mead Academy Trust is currently implementing Thrive into all of our settings.
The Mead Academy Trust – Individual School SENCos
Mrs Kirsty Jamieson
Head of Inclusion for The Mead Academy Trust
Ms Leala Purdie
SENCO at River Mead
Mrs Polly Marsh
SENCO at Castle Mead
Mrs Jo Birkett-Wendes
SENCO at The Mead
Mrs George Bennett
Deputy SENCO at The Mead