There are four broad areas of special educational need, these are:
- Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
- Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
At Benfieldside Primary, we currently have 18% of our pupils on the SEN register however this is a fluid list and changes throughout the year as needs are met and others are identified. At present, we have two children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP). We have experience of supporting children and young people with a range of needs, including:
- Speech, language and communication needs
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Gross and fine motor difficulties
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Social, emotional and mental health needs
- General and specific learning difficulties
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
In our School, the greatest areas of need are Communication and Interaction and Cognition and Learning. Currently, 18% of children in our school have an area of need from Nursery to Year 6. 11% of this is in relation to Speech and Language and Communication. 6% in relation to Cognition and Learning, 1% in relation to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. Note that there is an overlap of needs for many of our SEND children.