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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

At Hartford Infant School we are fully committed to offering an inclusive environment to ensure progress for all our pupils, whatever their needs or abilities. Our SENDCo is Mrs Vicky McGregor. She  can be contacted via the school office or on vmcgregor@hartfordinfantschool.org (please note her working days are Tuesdays and Thursdays).

The Code of Practice for supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [SEND] has changed significantly. One of the expectations it has introduced is that schools should report annually to parents how they identify, support and monitor the progress of children at the school with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Our latest Hartford Infant School Information Report can be found here, which details the specific provision we can offer your child. This is a working document and will be regularly updated. We have an SEND Inclusion Policy which can be read here.

The Cam Academy Trust’s SEND framework can be found here.

To access Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer please click here. This will show you what support is available in Cambridgeshire for parents or carers of children with a Special Educational Need or Disability.

Our Accessibility Plan which can be found here,details our drive to ensure we are an inclusive school.

We are committed to improving our practice and take every opportunity to respond to feedback. Please do not hesitate to contact us:

office@hartfordinfantschool.org

Inclusive Provision 

At Hartford Infant School, we have a Nurture Room known as 'The Nest' for children whom the school has identified as needing extra support with their social, emotional and mental health [SEMH]. Children are offered a bespoke package when attending this group based on staff observations, assessments and communication with parents/carers.

Further information about ‘The Nest’ can be found here. 

Complaints

Any complaint about SEN provision should be addressed to the SENCo in the first instance (vmcgregor@hartfordinfantschool.org).

Should the complaint not be resolved the procedures in the Complaints Policy should be followed please click here. The parents/carers of pupils with disabilities have the right to make a disability discrimination claim to the first tier SEND tribunal if they believe that the school has discriminated against their child.

They can make a claim about alleged discrimination regarding:

  • exclusions;
  • provision of education and related services;
  • making reasonable adjustments, including the provision of axillary aids and services.

Medical Needs

For students with medical needs, we follow Government guidelines, details of which are available by clicking here

Your first contact for medical needs is also Mrs McGregor who can be contacted via the school office or on vmcgregor@hartfordinfantschool.org (please note her working days are Tuesdays and Thursdays). 

We have a variety of policies that underpin our practice. These include an Administering Medicine Policy which can be found here. Our policy for Supporting Children who cannot Attend School due to Health Needs can be found here.

Useful Links

The Avenue
www.theavenuesupport.co.uk

British Dyslexia Association
www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

National Autistic Society
www.autism.org.uk

British Deaf Association
www.bda.org.uk

Disability Living Fund
www.dlf.org.uk

Down Syndrome Association
www.downs-syndrome.org.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau
www.adviceguide.org.uk

Epilepsy
www.epilepsysociety.org.uk

Children’s communication charity
www.ican.org.uk

Pinpoint – Parent support- See flier with latest information 
http://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/

Council for Disabled Children
http://www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/

Eddies (formerly Cambridgeshire Mencap)
http://www.eddies.org.uk/

Contact a Family
http://www.cafamily.org.uk/

 

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