Special Educational Needs
Our Values and Vision in Relation to SEND Provision
At Keston Primary School, we are committed to giving all our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards. We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children. The achievement, attitude and well-being of every child matters, and inclusion is the responsibility of every person within the school community.
‘All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEN’
- All children with special educational needs and disabilities will be identified and assessed as early as possible
- Special educational provision will effectively address the special educational needs and disabilities identified
- Children with special educational needs and disabilities will receive the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum
- Parents/carers will be encouraged and supported in playing an active role in their child’s education
- Children’s views will be sought and taken into account
Our Inclusion Leader and SENDco is Mrs Stevens, she can be contacted by telephone on 01737 555103 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
"I was really impressed with your whole school ethos and approach to inclusion, especially for neurodiverse students and children who have experienced trauma."
Advisory Teacher for CLA Outcomes
Locality SEND Support
Our school is part of an exciting initiative by Croydon Council to improve support for children with special needs or disabilities (SEND) who live in Croydon.
We are working with a cluster of local schools, who together have been given funding to provide early intervention and better targeted help to support children and young people with SEND. This work covers children from nursery to year 11 and will enable our special needs staff to work closely with our partner schools and nurseries to quickly get the necessary support and help for pupils who are beginning to demonstrate that they have additional needs which cannot be met through our own school SEND resources.
This early help may be in the form of advice, school to school support, referral to specialist services, or additional resources, including early years special needs funding (SENIF). The support can be put in place rapidly without unnecessary delay. This is because our group of schools manage the funding between us, so we can direct this to the most suitable children in an efficient targeted way. If, despite this rapid support, it is thought that a child would still benefit from an Education and Health Care Plan, the local group will work together to ensure that the application to assess is appropriate, submitted promptly with all the relevant information including from outside professionals.
The initiative is called “Croydon Locality SEND Support” and will continue throughout this academic year. We will of course monitor the outcomes closely and we will always involve parents and carers in any decisions made and review the support regularly. Presently the scheme is only for Croydon residents and will not impact on students who already have an Education & Health Care Plan or those in Enhanced Learning
Provisions or special schools.
If you want to learn more about this scheme, please contact our SENDCo and we will be happy to provide you with further details.
What is the Local Offer?
Croydon Children, Family and Learning services are required to provide a Local Offer for Croydon’s children and young people with SEND. This Local Offer will:
- provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up to date information about the available provision and how to access it
- ensure that this provision is responsive to local needs and takes into account views and aspirations of children and young people with SEND and their families.
Croydon’s Local Offer is available via the button below – you can click on weblinks and/or download leaflets attached to the main pages.
Code of Practice Definition
The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (DfES 2014) states:
A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.
Link to SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years: