SEN: A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, which is made generally for others of the same age.

Disability: Some children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has along-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and cancer’.

Special educational needs may be identified in the following ways:

  • Information from  feeder/previous schools
  • Teacher assessments indicate a significant and continuing lack of progress
  • Concerns raised by teachers or the SENCo
  • Liaison with external agencies
  • Health diagnosis by a paediatrician
  • Classroom observation
  • Literacy and Congitive Ability Assessments

Additional needs are categorised in the following 4 areas:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Mental and Emotional Health
  • Sensory/Physical Need

At Harbour Vale School we take pride in supporting the individual needs of our students and offer a carefully planned and personalised approach. We offer a broad and comprehensive range of support that responds to social and emotional difficulties as well as academic learning.

Interventions and support strategies are planned and monitored effectively in order to encourage progress and success.  We currently work closely with the Educational Psychologist Service (EPS), Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS) and Health professionals to deliver appropriately differentiated learning experiences and to co-ordinate application for and management of Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP’s).

Mrs Janet Grose is the designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

If you would like to discuss SEN support for your child please contact a member of your child’s Year Lead or alternatively the SENCo on 01935 814582

Please click on the following links for more information:

SEN POLICY APRIL 2019 SEN Information Report

SENDIASS (SEND information, advice support services) Click on the link below for offers free, impartial and confidential support to parents and carers of young people with special educational needs.

Dorset Local Offer

All local authorities must now develop and publish their Local Offer to explain what is available for children and young people with SEN and disabilities across education, health and social care. The Local Offer should be:

Collaborative –  involving parents, children and young people
Accessible – easy to understand and related to your needs
Comprehensive – covering support for full 0-25 age range
Transparent – clear how decisions are made and who is accountable
Up to date – information is reviewed and updated annually

Dorset’s Local Offer is continually developing and improving. To date, there are over 500 published Local Offer records from early year providers, schools and Local Authority services. We recommend you find your school or childcare setting to see if their contribution to the Local Offer is available and read what they have said. You may want to feedback to them if you have any comments (they can make changes easily online).

Dorset Council are now working with over 100 health providers and other services from across Dorset, to support them in uploading and updating their contributions to the Local Offer.

To view the Local Offer for Harbour Vale School, visit:

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