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Welcome to our SEND page. All the information you need on SEND at St James can be found on this page. Our SENDCO is Kate Williams. If you wish to speak to the school SENDCO please contact the school office and they will make an appointment for you.
We believe that all pupils, regardless of their needs should be able to access a broad and balanced curriculum, and reach their full learning potential at our school. We closely monitor how all of our children are progressing both academically, socially and emotionally, but are particularly keen to ensure that children with special needs or who are vulnerable are well-supported.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as one who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Most children with Special Needs will not be disabled within the meaning of the Act. The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled pupils. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. It is the Governors Policy to accommodate pupils with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for to prevent any pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils. In practice we ensure that classroom and extra curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.
Existing facilities provided to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities:
The school is addressing access for people with disabilities. Please see our Accessibility Policy to see our plan. The plan covers increasing the access to the curriculum, the physical environment and improving the provision of information in alternative formats to pupils with disabilities. This is available on our Policies page.
The SEND Local offer offers information to parents, in a single place, which helps them to understand what services they and their family can expect from a range of local agencies including the statutory entitlements. Please click on the link below and you will find information about national and local services and organisations which can offer support to Manchester families. There are also details of clubs, groups and activities, especially for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN).
To see the SEND Code of Practice please download the document below.
Speechwise (speech and language therapy) have been supporting us to provide resources for parents to help them to work with their children at home. Click on the link to take you to their YouTube channel. Here you will find short clips to help you to support you child’s speech and language development.