Whimple SEND Information Report Introduction

Whimple Primary School SEND Information Report


Devon Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are:

  • Communication and Interaction

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health

  • Sensory and Physical Needs.

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Authority Local Offer

  • Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available across education, health and social care for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25.

  • The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

    Web page for Devon Local Offer: https://new.devon.gov.uk/send/

    Whimple School: The School SEND Information Report

    This SEND information report explains how Whimple School, in conjunction with the LA, aims to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to offer.

The definition of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND):

A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child has a learning difficulty or disability if he/she has:

(a) a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age

(b) has a disability which prevents or hinders him/her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools. (Clause 20 Children and Families Act, June 2014.)

Not all pupils with disabilities have special educational needs and not all pupils with SEN meet the definition of disability but our policies cover all pupils. Pupils with a disability have special educational needs if they have any difficulty in accessing education and if they need any special educational provision to be made for them, that is anything which is additional to or different from what is normally available in schools in the area.