Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
It is estimated that one in five children needs extra support at some time in their school lives.
Our aim is to provide the best possible education for all children. You know your child best and we wish to work in partnership with you to ensure that your child achieves his or her best.
Assessing children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
Children with special educational needs (SEN) have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. Special educational needs aren't always a lifelong problem. Some children only need support for a short time.Just because your child is learning more slowly than others doesn't mean they have special educational needs.
We will be very happy to speak to you about any aspects of your child’s education. It is advisable to speak to one of the following in this order:
1 - Your child's class teacher
2 - The Inclusion Teacher (reading) – Joanne McGrath (infants), Flora Kay (Y3/Y4) or Lauren O’Reilly (Y5/Y6)
3 - The Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT) – Annabel Grove
4 - The Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) – Alice Boyd
5 - The Headteacher – Ben McMullen
Our policy aligns with the SEN Code of Practice which provides statutory guidance on the SEND system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.
SEND Information Report
Governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information required is set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Local Offer
A 'local offer' gives children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families information to help them find the right help and support in their area.
RBKC's website has a wide range of information and services available to support you.
Sometimes it can be tricky to keep track of all the complex words and abbreviations used when talking about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
To make it a bit easier, the Bi-Borough (RBKC and Westminster) have produced a glossary of 'key words' explained to help you break down some of that technical language.
Secondary School: Transition for SEN Children
Starting secondary school is a big step for every child, and for those with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), it can be an even greater challenge. As a parent, you’ll want to make sure that the new school knows how to meet your child’s needs whether that is continuing in mainstream or moving to a specialist school. Some secondary schools will have specific units to support children with autism and continue with small group learning. We suggest starting to explore these options in Year 4. Please reach out to Alice Boyd, SENCo, to discuss further.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Over thirty-five languages are represented by the children who attend Bousfield, and we positively value the different cultures and languages that our children bring to our school community.
The school is fortunate in having additional members of staff who give specific support to children who are learning English as an additional language. Regular assessments are made of each child’s fluency level and these are used to set targets for learning.