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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
All schools and academies are required to publish information about their SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS and DISABILITY (SEND) provision. In Wiltshire, this will form part of their Local Offer and details about our SEND provision, and that of other schools and agencies provision, will be found under a dedicated Local Offer website.
This is in line with a new Code of Practice which can be found at:
What does it focus on?
Providing the right support for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have a special educational need and / or a disability. It also gives parents and carers a greater say in what appropriate provision is for their child.
It will also see the phased ending of Action, Action Plus and Statements as a means to categorising SEND – instead, where there is a need, children will be identified as requiring extra support and for those where there will be a high level of support, the child will be in support of an Education and Healthcare Plan (EHC). In Wiltshire, the EHP is referred to as a ‘My Plan’; meaning that it is owned by the child.
SEND offer in Puddleducks
Puddleducks is fully inclusive and open to all families. We have experience with Hearing impaired, Language impairment, Allergies, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Aspergers, Asthma, Challenging behaviour, Learning Difficulties, Dietary needs, Dyspraxia, Speech, language needs, Eczema, Food allergies.
Our facilities are on level ground floor accommodation, within a purpose built Children's centre.
Our outside play is secure, flat, spacious with grass and sponge surface.
We have access to a disabled toilet and all doorways are wide for wheelchair access.
Furniture is low level for ease of access
Our SEND team comprise of June Goddard (Officer) and Rachel Huggins (deputy)
All SEND children are discussed monthly and reviewed three times a year.
Two year progress checks are undertaken.
We also work closely with parents/carers to ensure they are part of the decision-making process.
Blast (behavioural), ECAT (speech), PEC’s (Picture exchange communication system), Letters & Sounds & Speech & Language matrix.
Devizes Opportunity group, Speech & language therapists, Paediatricians, Occupational therapists, Early Inclusion Officer & Co-ordinators.
Other useful links
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents: www.autism.sesamestreet.org
Communicating with an autistic child: a parent's guide: http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/communicating-with-an-autistic-child-a-parents-guide.php
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