Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Durham County has provided a wealth of information for families on SEN. The Local Offer outlines what Durham County can offer families/carers in order to support children with SEN. This can be found on the Local Offer Website.
At Hamsterley Primary School, as a Rights Respecting School, we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Here at Hamsterley Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their full potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEN.
At Hamsterley Primary School the Headteacher, Mrs. Cowans, is also the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children and the SENCO. She ensures that all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN. We strive to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
There are now four broad areas of SEND:
- 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.
The information that must be included in our SEND Information Report can be found under the image headings or from the SEND menu, or you can view the full report here. We will continue to add information on the website and welcome your feedback by using the on-line form.