Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Inclusion for all is at the heart of everything we do at Horsley Woodhouse Primary School. We are committed to ensuring equal treatment of all its children, employees and those involved in the school community, with any form of disability and will ensure that people with disabilities are not treated less-favourably in any procedures, practices and service delivery. We embrace the fact that every child is different. Therefore, we make every effort to meet the needs of any child, regardless of aptitude, ability or special need.
We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people with disabilities are able to participate fully in school life. The achievement of children with disabilities will be monitored and this data will be used to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. Reasonable adjustments will be made to make sure that the whole school environment is as accessible as possible. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit the school.
Definition of disability
The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA) defines a disabled person as someone who has ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial or long-term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.
The DDA 2005 has also extended the definition of disability as follows: People with HIV, multiple sclerosis and cancer (although not all cancers) are deemed disabled before they experience the long-term and substantial adverse effect on their activities.
Section 18 has been amended so that individuals with a mental illness no longer have to demonstrate that it is “clinically well-recognised”, although the person must still demonstrate a long-term and substantial adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please contact Lisa Goodwin, our school SENDCo.
Dealing with Complaints around SEND
Please look on the school web site ‘Complaints policy’ for further details.
Parent/carer complaints are dealt with at the school in the following ways:
Discussed informally with the Class Teacher and/or the Deputy Head for their child’s Phase.
Referred to the SENDCO
Referred to the Headteacher
In writing to the Governing Body, following which a written reply will be given. The parents may contact the LA who will then contact the school. The parents may go to SEN/Disability Tribunal.
Support for this is available from Independent Parent Special Education Advice http://www.ipsea.org.uk/
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