Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at St Dennis Primary Academy
St Dennis Primary Academy is an inclusive school and may offer the following range of provision to support children with SEND.
What is SEN?
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational 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 greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of 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 institutions.”
SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25, 2015
Special Educational Needs can mean that a child or young person has:
- Communication and interaction needs - difficulty in expressing themselves, understanding what others are saying or difficulties socially interacting with others
- Cognition and learning needs – difficulties in learning or retaining basic skills or a specific difficulty with reading, writing, mathematics or understanding information
- Social, emotional and mental health needs – difficulties making friends or relating to adults. May be withdrawn, isolated or find regulating their behaviours challenging
- Sensory and/or physical needs –sensory impairments or difficulties such as those affecting sight or hearing, or physical difficulties which impact on their learning Individual children or young people may have needs that cut across some or all these areas and their needs may change over time.
A child or young person may have needs in more than one area of need.
We are always happy to listen and talk to parents about our graduated response to SEN provision and how best we can support individual children in achieving to the best of their ability. We work closely with a wide range of external agencies to enhance our provision and ensure the most appropriate strategies are in place to enable learning.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at school to discuss any questions you may have about your child’s learning or come along to one of our Coffee and Cake events for an informal chat.
Name of the SEND Coordinator: Joanna Waters
Mrs Waters is available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
SEN Governor: Laura Caust
Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer can be found at:
This website includes all the support that is available to children and young people in Cornwall (aged 0–25) with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0800 587 8191 or 01872 323535
Other Useful Links:
Cornwall SEND Information Advice and Support Service provide free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support for families of children with SEND
Dyslexia Cornwall provide support and services for dyslexic children and adults of all ages, their parents/families, educators, employers and the wider community. They also provide an outreach service across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
British Dyslexia Association is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.
iCan gives Parents/Carers the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills
Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25.
Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides specific information for children and their parents. We run specialist family programmes, where families can learn together how best to manage the many symptoms relating to hypermobility, gain confidence and ask any questions they may have.