Meadow Primary School is an inclusive environment for children to thrive in. We are wholly committed to supporting all children to learn effectively and look to celebrate all children’s achievements, regardless of ability or difficulties.
What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?
According to the SEN Code of Practice 2014, a child has a learning difficulty or disability if she or he has significantly greater difficulty learning than peers of the same age or a disability that prevents the child from having access to the curriculum and facilities provided for others in a mainstream setting.
Children may also be considered to have a disability under the Equality Act 2010, which defines a disability as a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on that person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’ The Act defines ‘long term’ as lasting, or at least likely to last twelve months. This can include specified medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and cancer. Children with these conditions may not necessarily be considered to have SEND, unless they require special educational provision to meet the curriculum above the adjustments, aids and services required by the Equality Act.
How would the school identify SEND?
Our teachers are highly trained and vigilant in monitoring and reviewing progress and classroom behaviour for each child. There are four broad areas of need:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Sensory and/or Physical Need
Meadow Primary School teachers receive regular training on different SEND conditions and indicators of these. We have a referral system that ensures that class-teachers work with the SENDCo to analyse a child’s needs and we strive to communicate effectively with parents to ensure we build a complete picture of a child’s needs. After this initial assessment, effective support will be identified as part of our Wave 1 provision. Please see below for more information about our stages of provision, in line with the SEND Code of Practice. This will be constantly reviewed and the child monitored, in line with the recommended Assess, Plan, Do, Review system.
What kind of provision can I expect for my SEND child?
Please see our Provision Offer for further information.
How do I know what the admission arrangements are for my SEND child?
Children with and without SEND are allocated places at Meadow Primary School in line with our admissions policy. If a child has a statement or an EHCP, then Meadow Primary School will offer that child a place unless it would significantly affect the education of themselves or others and no reasonable steps can be taken to prevent this. As with all children, we endeavour to make sure every child feels a part of the school community and welcome here.
Please see our Accessibility Plan for further information about our school facilities.
What does a SENDCO do?
The SENDCOs at Meadow Primary School are qualified teachers, who have also attained the National Award for Special Educational Needs. The SENDCOs have day-to-day responsibility for the operation of SEND policy and coordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEND, including those who have EHCP plans.
The SENDCOs provide professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and other agencies to ensure that pupils with SEND receive appropriate support and high-quality teaching. Responsibilities may include: overseeing the operation of the SEND policy, liaising with teachers and support staff to ensure provision, being a key point of contact for external agencies, advising on a graduated approach to SEND support, meeting with and liaising with parents to ensure effective provision and working with the Head and Governing Body to ensure the school meets its responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010).
For more information about the different processes that are involved in identifying and assessing children and young people's special educational needs, please see Surrey County Council's SEND Information, Advice and Support website:
You will also find useful links to voluntary and statutory organisations, details of training and information events and regular updates on changes to legislation relating to SEND.
To explore Surrey’s Local Offer website, please visit: