Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Rushey Green Primary School's SEND information report sets out what we provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education.

Children with Special Educational Needs

A child is deemed to have special educational needs if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age. The school is committed to the early identification of, and provision for children with special needs. We have a clear policy, and a specially designated teacher known as a Special Educational Needs Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) to ensure that children with special educational needs get the best service. Ms. Thomas is our SENDCO.

The Children and Families Act 2014 changed the way in which children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are supported at school and in the community. A new SEND Code of practice for all maintained educational settings, local authorities and health partners was published in July 2014.

Local offer

Every local authority has a “local offer” which informs parent/carers and young people with SEN or disabilities what is provided in their local area, including what to expect from local early years providers, schools, colleges, health and social care. In addition, it will include information on how decisions are made about how services are allocated, how to request a personal budget, how to access more specialist support and how to complain or appeal. Local authorities must involve parent carers, children and young people in developing their local offer.

Click on the link to find out more about Lewisham's Local Offer

For more information and advice please Contact Ms. Thomas (SENDCO) -  SENCO@rusheygreen.lewisham.sch.uk  


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BEAM is a class specifically designed to meet the needs of pupils in Key Stage 2 requiring additional or specialist support. 

As part of your child's education health and care (EHC) plan, they may be considered to be supported in BEAM a satellite class as part of the mainstream provision. Classes are led by teaching staff and support staff.

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