Meet the SENDCo
My name is Rebecca Bliss and I am the Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at Buckden CE Primary Academy. I have worked at the school for 15 years as a class teacher and SENDCo and in 2017 I completed the National Award for SEN Coordination, making Buckden Academy an Accredited SENCo school. More recently, I have trained to become a Specialist Leader of Education with a specific interest in SEND. As SENDCo it is my role to ensure that our school is following the SEND regulations as well as establishing consistency of practice across the school. I liaise with personnel in external agencies and other schools to support on SEND matters.
I do hope that you find the following information useful, however if there is something which you would like more information about then please drop into our school office and leave a message for the SENDCo or email me using the address below.
SENDCo Buckden CE Primary School
The Revised SEN Code of Practice 0–25
The main aims of the SEN Code of Practice are to ensure that:
- Children’s SEN are picked up early and support is put in place quickly;
- Staff have the knowledge, skills and understanding to provide the right support for children who have SEN or are disabled;
- Parents know what they can reasonably expect their local school, college, LA andlocal services to provide, without having to fight for it;
- Aspirations for children and young people are raised through an increased focus on life outcomes, including employment;
- For more complex needs, an integrated assessment and a single Education, Health and Care Plan are in place from birth to 25; and
- There is greater control for parents and young people over the services they and their family use.
The New Code of Practice came into force on 1st September 2014.
All local authorities working with their partners must publish in one place information about the services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people aged 0-25 who have special educational needs and /or disabilities (SEND). This is known as the Local Offer.
Statements of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) were replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) following from the new Code of Practice in 2014.
All new requests for assessment will be carried out using the new county paperwork for requesting an EHCP assessment.
An EHCP is available to children with the highest level of needs to support them in the school setting.
If it is decided that your child needs this kind of support, it will be discussed with you and all decisions will be made by everyone supporting your child.
The Local Offer
The local offer is a ‘front door’ to information from education, health and social care about the provision that is available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.
Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer can be found here.
Who can help with SEND matters?
If you are concerned about your child, you should in the first instance speak to their class teacher. The Class Teacher will then liaise with the SENDCO and the Parents to ensure the child’s needs are being met. However, the SENDCO can also be on hand to offer advice and support to Parents directly. My details are listed below should you need to contact me directly.
Equal Opportunities for All
We are determined to meet the educational needs of all of our pupils. The school caters for the needs of all pupils with special educational needs and disabilities with or without additional support. All teachers plan, set and mark work which is appropriate and relevant to the individual needs of the pupils. The Special Needs Co-ordinator is responsible for overseeing assessment and provision for these pupils.
Pupils with special educational needs are encouraged to become increasingly independent and take responsibility for their own learning. Inclusion at Buckden is about providing equality of excellence for all in order to promote the highest possible progress and achievement. It also ensures that we recognise and celebrate the differences that exist amongst us, that we treat all people fairly and that we strive to eliminate discrimination wherever it exists.
We aim to include and engage all pupils and to prepare them for full participation in a diverse society. The aims and values of our school are designed to ensure that we meet the needs of all, taking account of gender, ethnicity, culture, religion, language, disability, age and social circumstances.
SEN Timetable for children with Additional Needs~ For pupils who meet the Government criteria to request extra support. (PDF File link)
SEND Parental Handbook(PDF File link)
SEND Policy 2015(PDF File link)