SEND at School
There are now four broad areas of SEND and these are:
• Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
• Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
• Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
Types of SEND at the School
At Belmont CE (Cont.) Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs.
We currently have children with a variety of needs in school including:
*Autistic Spectrum disorders or Communication and Interaction difficulties
*Social, mental and emotional health difficulties
*Difficulties associated with cognition and learning
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
What is Enhanced Mainstream Provision (EMP)?
EMP is a mainstream school with enhanced resources and staffing. These schools are allocated additional funds and expertise in order to meet the needs of some pupils with requirements that can be met in a mainstream school environment, with additional support. EMP schools are not ‘special’ schools and pupils entering the school through the EMP route are simply added to the school roll, the same as any other child at the school.
At Belmont CE (Cont.) Primary School we are specially resourced for children with Visual Impairments. Our role in school is to ensure that the children can be safely integrated into a mainstream primary school, but at the same time can receive the additional help they require to access the curriculum at an appropriate level.
In order for our setting to be recommended for your child, visual impairment must be their identified primary need. The decision to offer a child a place at an EMP is not taken lightly. A panel of specialists in the field of visual impairment recommends places in conjunction with the Local Authority, and only after your child has met with one of the staff of Belmont CE (Cont.) Primary School to ensure that we are confident that we can meet their needs. Your child may already attend another school, or an Early Years setting. The current provision will provide evidence to the panel, along with parental, Educational Psychology and other appropriate agencies in order for the panel to form a well-founded decision.