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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Ashley Down Schools Federation is a maintained school and is supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

How are Special Educational Needs defined?

The definition of SEN is for those children who need something different from or additional to what is being delivered by a class teacher using quality first teaching.

Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practise 0-25yrs July 2014 identifies this as;

“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.”

“A child of compulsory school age or 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 school or mainstream post-16 institutions”

Under the Equality Act of 2010 it is recognised that ‘many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability’, that is ‘... a physical or mental impairment which has a long term and substantial adverse affect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’ (long term is defined as a year or more and includes sensory impairments; sight and hearing and medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and cancer. Therefore ‘where a disabled child or young person requires special educational provision they will also be covered by the SEN definition’

Ashley Down Schools Federation's SEN Policy can be found here and in the "Our Policies" section of the website.

The Federation's Accessibility Plan can be read here.

SEN Report

We have organised our SEN Report into a Question and Answer format from a parent/carers view and from a child's view. These can be accessed from the links below:

SEN Report: Questions parents/carers may have

SEN Report: Questions Children may have

If you would like more information about Bristol's local offer for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, please visit:

http://www.findabilitybristol.org.uk/