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Milton Ernest VC Lower School

‘At Milton Ernest Lower School we believe that education enriches people’s lives and aspirations. We value everyone and strive for all to reach their full potential’. (Taken from School Vision statement)

We believe that every child should have access to all aspects of school life so that they are able to be involved active learners and benefit from all that the school has to offer. Some children have pre-diagnosed Special Educational Needs (SEN) when they join us and some children are identified with such needs when they have been with us for a while.

We will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments to accommodate a child with Special Educational needs or disabilities and will work to support a child’s intellectual, physical, social and emotional development. Children who have special educational needs will be identified as quickly as possible so that these needs can be addressed. We recognise and value the importance of parental involvement and are happy to meet with parents to discuss any concerns.

We are guided in our work by the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2014).

The code sets out a legal framework in which the school operates. This document defines SEN as follows:

‘A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which call for special education provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
a) has a significantly difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age,
or
b) 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

The school receives money within its allocated budget to support children with additional needs. Most of these funds are allocated to employ our teaching assistants and the rest is used for purchasing appropriate resources.
If a child has a Statement of Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care Plan there may be additional funds available from the Local Authority to supplement our own budget.
Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 and associated regulations requires all schools to publish their SEN offer and below you will find a series of questions and answers that set out our current provision.

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