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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

What is SEND?

 ‘A child or young person has SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.


A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.’

(SEND Code of Practice 2014)


This is a broad definition covering all children and young people from 0-25 years of age.


The Code of Practice 2014 identifies 4 main areas of need:


1. Communication and Interaction

2. Cognition and Learning

3. Social, Mental and Emotional health

4. Sensory and/ or Physical Needs


From September 2014 all schools are required to provide information to parents about how they will support children and their families if a child is deemed to have special educational needs. The provision and support offered at Colburn Community Primary School is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of its pupils. As a result the information on these pages concerning SEND will be reviewed and updated regularly.


For further information please read the school SEND Policy.

Who is the SENDCo?

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) is Miss Nicholas. She has the day to day responsibility to monitor and co-ordinate provision across the school for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Miss Nicholas meets regularly with parents, external agencies, class teachers, senior leaders and support staff to discuss pupil progress and review provision in place for children.

If you have a concern about your child’s learning, this should be raised initially with the class teacher who will, if necessary, arrange a meeting with the SENDCo.


North Yorkshire Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


The SEND local offer provides information about what services children, young people and their families can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.


The local offer provides information on a number of things, including:

  • special educational provision;
  • health provision;
  • social care provision;
  • other educational provision;
  • training provision;
  • travel arrangements for children and young people to schools, colleges and early years education; and
  • preparing for adulthood, including housing, employment and leisure opportunities.


Click on the link below to view your local SEND offer:

Watch the video to find out more about the local SEND offer

To view our SEND Information Report, please click on the link below:

To view our SEND Policy, please click on the link below:

Click on the links below for further information of SEND: