At St. Anne’s Catholic School, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils based on three principles:
- Setting suitable learning challenges;
- Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs;
- Overcoming potential barriers to learning.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.
For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide – this is often referred to as our ‘SEND Offer’, detailed below. This provision is alongside the Birmingham Local Offer.
Under the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (September 2014) our school is expected to provide SEN information with reference to:
- Appropriate and Effective Teaching and Learning;
- Open and Honest Communication;
- A Partnership Approach.
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:
- behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
- reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
- ability to understand things
- concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
- physical ability
Who to talk to
If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the SEN co-ordinator, or ‘SENCO’ in your child’s school or nursery.
Contact your local council if your child is not in a school or nursery.
Your local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service can give you advice about SEND.
Support your child can receive
Your child may be eligible for:
- SEN support - support given in school, like speech therapy
- an education, health and care (EHC) plan - a plan of care for children and young people aged up to 25 who have more complex needs
Birmingham Local Authority's Local Offer
Birmingham's Local Offer can be found on the Birmingham City Council website.