Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Kingsway Primary School has a named Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator and a named Governor responsible for Special educational needs and disabilities. (SEND). 

They ensure that the Kingsway Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy works within the guidelines and inclusion policies of the Code of Practice (2014), the Children and Families Act 2014, the Local Education Authority, and other policies current within the school.

All children and young people with SEND are valued, respected and are equal members of the school. As such, provision for pupils with SEND is a matter for the school as a whole.  All teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND.  The governing body, Headteacher, SENDCO and all other members of staff have important responsibilities. 

Kingsway Primary School also recognises that pupil performance and well-being are synonymous.  Children cannot learn if they do not feel safe or if health problems create barriers to learning. 

If you wish to make contact with the school SENDCO you may email Mrs Platt on 

Our SEND policy aims to secure:

Kingsway Primary school abides by Section 19 of the Children and Families Act 2014 whereby we will have regard to:

  • the views, wishes and feelings of the child or young person, and the child’s parents
  • the importance of the child or young person, and the child’s parents, participating as fully as
    possible in decisions, and being provided with the information and support necessary to enable
    participation in those decisions
  • the need to support the child or young person, and the child’s parents, in order to facilitate the
    development of the child or young person and to help them achieve the best possible educational
    and other outcomes, preparing them effectively for adulthood

Through this process we aim to secure:

  • the participation of children, their parents and young people in decision-making
  • the early identification of children and young people’s needs and early intervention to support them
  • greater choice and control for young people and parents over support
  • collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support
  • high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN
  • a focus on inclusive practice and removing barriers to learning
  • successful preparation for adulthood, including independent living and employment
Definition of SEND

Definition of SEND (Code of Practice 2014)
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 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.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or
(b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them (Clause 20 Children and
Families Bill).

Where a child or young person has a disability or health condition which requires special educational
provision to be made, they will be covered by the SEN definition.

Our SENDCo Reports to the Governing Body providing information relevant to:
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEND.
  • How children and young people with SEN are enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEND.
SEND Policy and Information
A Voice for Parents

“Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum is a voice for those with lived experience of being a Parent Carer (This means parents and/or carers of children with any disability, SEN, condition, impairment or additional need)

We can create a bridge to the providers of statutory services to help build better services for all families of disabled children in Gloucestershire.” and add the link

SENDIASS- impartial advice for parents

SENDIASS offer accurate, up to date and impartial resources and information about the law on special educational needs and disability. This covers:

  • education, health and social care
  • national and local policy
  • the Local Offer
  • your rights and choices
  • your opportunities to participate
  • where you can find help and advice
  • how you can access this support.

Sometimes information alone is not enough. You may want help to gather information, make sense of it and apply it to your own situation. We call this advice and we offer this service by email, on the telephone, face to face and through work with groups or in training.

We can also offer more intensive support if you need it. This can include helping with letters, attending meetings with you or supporting you in discussions with the local authority, school or other setting.

When we are not able to help we will do our best to tell you about, or put you in touch with, other groups or organisations that can help. We call this signposting.