Special Education Needs & Disability

Special Educational Needs

SEND report

At Choppington Primary School, provision for children with additional needs is extremely important to us. Our statement of equality is simple; we strive to ensure all children achieve their best, irrespective of gender, race, need or background.

Special Educational Needs and / or a Disability can affect many children throughout their school career and beyond. Whilst disabilities generally affect children long term, not all SEN difficulties should be seen as ‘Life Long’. SEND is seen by our school as the child requiring provision that is additional to, or different from the rest of the class. For example, they may have additional needs due to dyslexia, coordination problems, number understanding, significant sight problems – the list is endless and every child is unique – however a carefully planned approach is needed, additional to high quality class teaching in order for these children to achieve as well as they can.

SEND can be an emotive area, which causes much anxiety and concern. We hope that this document will help alleviate some of this by providing you with useful information about our school ethos, and what we can offer as a school and local authority, in addition to some useful information. If you have any information you feel could be included for others or you need further information from us please contact us. We are always keen to hear your views.

The government has put in place a number of measures to bring about improvements to the way that Special Education Needs services are delivered. 
Local authorities and other services, including schools, set out a local offer of all services available to support children who are disabled or who have a special education need (SEN) and their families. The local offer will enable families to understand what services they can access and what support they can expect. The offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health and welfare.
The potential outcomes of the SEND report are:

  • To provide clarity and confidence for parents
  • To support earlier intervention
  • To reduce the need for assessment
  • To identify needs and gaps in provision
  • To provide an evidence base for improving progress and securing better outcomes at school and local level.
Our Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mr Richard Smith
Tel: 01670 823197
E-mail: admin@choppington.northumberland.sch.uk

Complaints Procedure

Should you be happy with the provision your child receives, there is nothing better than telling the teacher, support assistant or Headteacher. You can also respond to the Parent Voice Questionnaires, which Mr Smith (SENCO) will send out, or make comments during the review process. If you are unhappy, it is best to speak to Mr Nelson or Mr Smith ASAP – we will do our best to rectify the problem, in partnership with you and your child. There is also a copy of the school’s complaints procedure on the school’s website should you feel you require it. 

Northumberland Local Offer

Here is the link to the Northumberland County Council website which explains about their SEND provision: