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St Chad’s Special Educational Needs Zone

Welcome to our Special Educational Needs (SEN) Zone. At St Chad’s we are committed to improving outcomes for all. We have high expectations for children and young people with SEN.

Which Principles Underpin our Teaching of Children with SEN?

The New Special Educational Needs Code of Practice came in to force in September 2014. The principles underpinning the new Code are that
the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and their parents are crucial to ensuring the best possible outcomes for the child. So at Chad’s we realisethe importance of the child or young person, and their parents, participating as fully as possible in decisions; and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable participation in those decisions. We use‘Person centered planning tools’ ensures that we understand what is important to our pupils now and in the future.

What are the four areas of special educational needs?

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, mental and emotional health
  • Sensory and/or physical 


How do we identify Special Educational Needs at St Chad’s?

Special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for others of the same age.

Together with the Senior Leadership Team we ensure that Quality First Teaching is provided in every classroom. The quality and appropriateness of the overall provision is kept under regular review and its impact on the progress of the children is monitored regularly.

Where a child is identified as having SEN we use the graduated approach of Assess, Plan, Do and Review. This may involve implementing appropriate evidence-based interventions. We make regular reviews of the progress made and adaptations to the support provided as required.

What Happens if My Child is Still Experiencing Difficulties?

Where a child continues to make little or no progress, despite well-founded support that is matched to the child’s area of need, we then involve specialists, including those from outside agencies.

Depending on the level of need it may need us to prepare an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

What is an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan?

An EHC Plan looks at all the needs that a child or young person has within education, health and care.

One of the major changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 is the replacement of the current Statement system with new Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plan). EHC Plans will be extended to young people aged 25 to support young people into adulthood.

It is developed together with the professionals and the family and they consider what outcomes they would like to see for the child or young person. This plan identifies what is needed to achieve those outcomes.

Our school has an open door policy and this means you are always welcome to make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher or myself.

What is the Local Offer/SEN Report?

All schools are expected to publish information about their provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This includes the 'Local Offer', which helps parents/carers understand what services they and their families can expect from a range of local agencies. Birmingham has produced a Local Offer, which is available at: This provides parents and carers with information about services that Birmingham as a Local Authority has to offer.  Please take a look and share your views, so provision in Birmingham can be improved. St Chad's Local Offer/SEN Report has been produced in consultation with the Authority. The 3 strands, honest communication, appropriate teaching and learning and a partnership approach which Birmingham have developed, are written into our Local Offer/SEN Report.

Please have a look at our Local Offer PowerPoint, which explains in more detail the provision we make for our SEN pupils. This is updated regularly as provision changes. We also put other information on our site for you to read. Please read about our very successful Friends for Life programme,  which is also attached as a PowerPoint. This cognitive behaviour programme has had a wonderful impact on our children.

Siobhan Farrelly SENCo

Contact Details

St Chads R C Primary School
Hospital Street
B19 3XD

Phone: 0121 464 6554