Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator is Mrs Debbie Ashcroft.

Children develop at different rates and in different ways. In the normal run of a class, most children can be catered for by the differentiation of tasks to suit their particular needs. However, we are conscious that a number of children will require additional support at some time during their school career, in certain aspects of their schooling.

Special Educational Needs are, in general, initially identified by the class teacher, who will enter into discussions with parents and the school’s SENDCo. Depending on the particular needs of the child, there may be involvement from outside agencies with specialised skills.

The school follows the procedures of the City of York Council and the DfE SEND Code of Practice, and undertakes to keep parents and carers fully informed and involved.

We ensure that all children are as fully included in school life as is possible.

Documents and links

SEND Policy

SEND Report

York SEND Local Offer

Website: yorksend.org
Email: yorklocalofferSEND@york.gov.uk

Ordinary Available Provision and Graduated Response

Most children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) will have their needs met effectively within the mainstream setting. Where a child or young person is identified as having SEND, schools will take action to remove barriers to learning and put effective provision in place. Schools’ professional judgement will dictate any reasonable adjustments that are made to meet need. These actions should be reviewed and refined through the cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review. We call this ‘The Graduated Response’.

The needs of the child or young person may change over time and provision should reflect this.

Where a child has complex, long term and significant needs with evidence to show that appropriate progress with SEND support, as outlined in our Graduated Response, has not been made, despite interventions and specialist advice, a statutory assessment may be requested.

The document linked below provides a set of minimum standards of all schools and teachers in every class for every child, known as Quality First Teaching, and any SEND provision which aims to complement Teacher Standards and the SEND Code of Practice across all our schools within Pathfinder.

SEND – Ordinary Available Provision and Graduated Response