At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as:
“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
(b) or 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 or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
Students can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. They may have been absent from school, or they may have attended lots of different schools and not had a consistent opportunity to learn. They may not speak English very well or at all, or they may be worried about different things that may distract them from learning. At Sheringham High School, we are committed to ensuring that all students have access to learning opportunities, and for those who are at risk of not learning or making sufficient progress, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable students have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.
Our SEN profile for 2020-21 shows that we have 11% of students identified as having SEN, and 3% of those have an Education Health and Care Plan.
Of the students on our SEN register,