There are changes to the way our schools, education and services are running at the moment, because of COVID-19. These changes include: assessments being completed virtually, socially distanced face to face meetings and some services only being available over the phone or email
Children learn and progress at different rates. Some children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) need more help than others in order to move forward. Our latest Strategic overview explains our vision for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
Our policy is that children’s needs should be assessed individually and that, wherever possible, they should be taught in a mainstream school setting. Teaching should be organised in a way that takes account of any learning difficulties.
It's important that identification of learning difficulties is made as early as possible. Sometimes, the possibility that a child has learning difficulties may be identified before the child starts school.
Who's responsible for your child's needs?
You, as a parent, or your child’s health visitor or your family doctor may be aware of a delay in, or have a concern about your child’s development. If this is the case. a referral can be made to the local education authority to assess your child’s learning difficulties.
Under these circumstances we will seek advice from a wide range of people whose expertise can shape the decisions that will need to be taken. You'll always be consulted and asked to contribute your views on your child’s needs because you know your child better than anyone else.
Rutland Special Needs Schools
Rutland has a special school for children aged 2-6 years, The Parks School in Oakham.
When it would be difficult to carry out the assessment of a pre-school child’s needs or make the necessary arrangements to meet those needs in an ordinary setting, children can attend The Parks on a part-time or full time basis, so that the assessment may be carried out in a specialist setting. Children sometimes attend The Parks on a joint placement basis with their local pre-school setting.
Wherever possible we will try to make sure that children’s special educational needs can be met in the ordinary local school. However, if your child’s needs are such that they can only be met in a specialist setting, then, in consultation with you, a special school will be named in the Statement of Special Educational Needs.
When the assessment of a child’s special educational needs points to the need for special provision to be made, then a Statement of Special Educational Needs is drawn up by the local authority. The Statement describes what the special educational needs are and what provision should be made to meet them.
It will set out objectives for the child to achieve and describe what the school should do to help meet those objectives. It will state too any additional resources which the local authority will make available to the school to help it meet the learning objectives for the child. The Statement and the objectives are reviewed annually to make sure that they are still appropriate and to set new targets for the child to achieve in the following year. You will always be offered the opportunity to be involved in the review.
Assessment for Special Needs
Special Educational Needs statements were replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC) in 2015.
These plans look at the broader health and social care needs of a child or young person, rather than their educational needs only.
To find out more about about Education, Health and Care Plans, please visit the Local Offer pages on the Rutland Information Service website.