SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disabilities)
Our SENDCo is Judith Kelby who is also Deputy Head teacher.
Sara Coates is Lead teacher for the Orchard classroom- our specialist SEND provision.
At St. Joseph’s, we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. In keeping with our faith, 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.
The SEND Code of Practice 2015 (CoP) suggests that there is a continuum of SEND and that, where necessary, increasingly specialist expertise should be brought to bear on a child or young person’s difficulties. We therefore work together with the local authority who provide formal procedures, i.e. statutory assessment, and specialist services, which are targeted at those children and young people with the most significant and complex needs. We are guided in our approach by the Bradford Matrix of Need which provides an overview of how children should be supported through a graduated response, as outlined in the CoP.
We are fully compliant with The Children & Families Act (C&FA) 2014, the Equality Act, 2010 and the SEND Code of Practice (CoP), 2015, all of which provide detailed information about the statutory responsibilities schools have in relation to children and young people with SEND.