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At Starbeck School we aim to provide an inclusive, caring and supportive environment in which all pupils are valued equally and are given opportunities to develop to their potential. All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they achieve their best, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training. We want all teachers in all lessons to set suitable learning challenges for all pupils.


Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years – September 2014:

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. 

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

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

Mainstream educational settings must use their best endeavours to secure the special educational provision called for by the child’s or young person’s needs. 

Special Education Provision means:

For children of two or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LA, other than special schools in the area. For children under two, educational provision of any kind.

Fundamental Principles

  • Children with SEN should have their needs met
  • The SEN of children will normally be met in mainstream schools or settings
  • The views of the child should be taken into account
  • Parents have a vital role to play in supporting their child’s education
  • Children with SEN should be offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education including an appropriate curriculum for the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum