Special Educational Needs (SEND)
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This can affect a child's ability to learn and at Camp Hill, like in all schools, we are keen to ensure that any additional need a pupil may have do not have a negative impact on their education. Whilst we have pupils with a range of additional needs at Camp Hill, the most prevalent is Autistic Spectrum Disorder. We are able to cater for these needs by making reasonable adjustments to our teaching and learning and the outcomes for these pupils over time have been very positive.
Below you will find a range of resources that may be helpful if your child has a special educational need or disability, or if you suspect they might. If you have concerns, please contact the school and speak, in the first instance to Mrs Stella Morris (Assistant SENDCO) for advice.
The SEND Code of Practice is a comprehensive guide for schools and other organisations working with young people. It identifies four broad areas of need:
1. Communication and interaction
Where children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate effectively and appropriately with others.
Children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s Syndrome, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction.
2. Cognition and learning
Where children and young people learn at a slower pace than others their age, they may:
have difficulty in understanding parts of the curriculum
have difficulties with organisation and memory skills
have a specific difficulty affecting one particular part of their learning such as in literacy or numeracy
The term ‘learning difficulties’ covers a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and profound and multiple difficulties (PMLD). Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia come under this term.
3. Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which present themselves in many ways. They may:
have difficulty in managing their relationships with other people
behave in ways that may hinder their and other children’s learning or that have an impact on their health and wellbeing
This broad area includes attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder. It also includes behaviours that may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self-harming and eating disorders.
4. Sensory and/or physical needs
Where children and young people have visual and/or hearing impairments, or a physical need that means they must have additional on-going support and equipment.
The following links provide additional guidance and advice:
Department for Education Guidance on SEND - This provides an overview of the sort of support that may be available.
DfE Guide for Parents and Carers - This includes links to many organisations offering support for a range of needs.
Birmingham Local Offer - This offers a complete map of provision of support for young people with SEND.
National Autistic Society - This links to a guide to education, with sections on exams, homework and school refusal.
Autism Education Trust - This contains advice on working with your child's school in order to achieve the best outcomes.
The Dyspraxia Foundation - Dyspraxia is a condition affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination. This site offers links to support and advice.
The Good Schools Guide - This links to a fairly comprehensive list of the most common types of SEN and the advice and support available.