PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST
Mrs. Caroline Crosdale, Deputy Head, is in charge of SEN (Special Educational Needs) at Brentside. We are an Inclusive School that welcomes children with special learning difficulties. We are able to meet the needs of children in wheelchairs as we are a one-storey building. We ensure that the Code of Practice is implemented effectively.
Approximately 28% of our pupils are on the SEN register. We have a strong policy in practice of identifying educational and behavioural needs early, and ensuring that the curriculum is sufficiently differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils.
From September 2014, the SEN Code of Practice is being phased into a 2 tier system rather than 3 tier. From now on there will be pupils who require SEN support and pupils who will have an EHP (Educational Health Plan).
The most significant change in the new 2014 SEN Code of Practice is the importance now placed on the parent’s role in SEN procedures. In order to support the SEN needs of our pupils, BPA has commissioned the services of our own Speech and Language Therapist and Play Therapist. This ensures that pupils have access to therapeutic support very quickly.
We have also recently commissioned the services of an Independent Educational Psychologist, who can assist parents and BPA in gaining an independent opinion on the nature of support required for our SEN pupils.