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SEND School Offer and Special Educational Needs

What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)?


Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age.

Around one in five children has SEN at some point during their school years. Some children have SEN right through their time in school.

SEN covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability. Children may have wide-ranging or specific problems. Eg, a child might have difficulty with one area of learning, such as letters or numbers. Or they might have problems relating to other children, or to adults.

Having English as an additional language is not considered by law to be a SEN.


All York Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.


Each school has a designated Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO). For Headlands Primary School the SENCO is Mrs Felicity Allington who may be contacted on 01904 762356.



What is the Local Offer?

The LA Local Offer

  • The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
  • The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It is intended to be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area. Below is a link to the York LA's Local Offer:                                                                        http://www.yor-ok.org.uk/families/Local%20Offer/local-offer-original.htm


The School SEN Information Report

This utilizes the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. Here is a link to Headlands School Information Report: 

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015