SEND information

The way in which schools support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has changed after the introduction of the new code or practice. 

The new code of practice for SEND places a significant emphasis on schools adopting a ‘child centred’ approach when putting in place support for pupils who may have a learning difficulty. Parents and carers also have a higher profile in the process for supporting children with SEND.

The code of practice definition for a child with SEN:

‘A child has SEN if they have a learning difficulty1 or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.’

(1has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age)

At Hillcrest, where pupils are not making adequate progress2 the SENCO will collaborate with teachers, parents and pupils in problem solving, planning support and teaching strategies. This ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ process will identify whether the child has ‘significant learning difficulties’ where specific SEN support should be made.

2Adequate progress is defined as:

  • Similar to peers from the same baseline

  • Matches or betters the child’s previous progress

  • Closes attainment gap between child and peers

  • Prevents attainment gap from widening

We recognise that parents are knowledgeable about their child and we will always seek out and listen to their input as well as information from the child in order to swiftly identify / clarify any educational need that child may have. This collaborative process allows our SENCO/Inclusion Lead to better investigate a child’s need and suggest support which may eventually lead to the use of external services and in turn lead to a diagnosis that could further support the child.

To find out more information about how the school identifies and supports children with SEND and to get the answers to questions you may have over your child's provision and learning needs, please explore the following:

  • SEND policy - our expectations of how the school implements the new code of practice (new policy to be uploaded soon - please ask the office for a paper copy)
  • SEND information report - a guide for parents about SEND at Hillcrest
  • School local offer - a summary of all interventions available at Hillcrest
  • Bristol's local offer - a link to Bristol's SEND framework and guideance for schools and parents  

We know that all of this can seem a bit overwhelming so please, if you have any concern about your child's learning or development please do seek out the class teacher or our SENCO and Inclusion Leader Mrs Sewell. You can ring the office to make an appointment.