Special Educational Needs

Southend schools are committed to adopt a similar approach to meeting the needs of all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs.

There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.

The Code of Practice encompasses the following four broad areas:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

The range of support developed will be tailored to individual need, following a thorough assessment by school staff or external agencies. It is designed to promote pupils working towards becoming independent and resilient learners and should not be seen in isolation.

The Bournes Green Infant School Offer provides details of the resources and interventions that we provide to support children with special educational needs or disabilities. If you would like further information about what we offer, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Some children/young people need increased support to access learning because:

  • They have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age
  • They have a disability as defined under the Equality Act, which affects their ability to access and benefit from the educational opportunities generally enjoyed by children of the same age

We will try to ensure that all barriers to equal access in our schools are removed or overcome. We monitor and track progress of all children so that the support provided is as effective as possible. We welcome the full engagement of parents and carers and where necessary seek support and advice from specialists outside school to ensure we develop and maintain a range of flexible resources to meet the needs of all children.


Pupils with Special Educational Needs are allocated places in two separate and distinct ways. Those pupils with statements or Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) have a separate admissions procedure overseen by the SEN team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Those pupils who have SEND but do not have a statement or EHCP are admitted via the normal school admission criteria.

Additionally schools have to provide details of the school specific offer this should reflect Southend Borough Council’s Local Offer which can be found at www.southendinfopoint.org