Special Educational Needs

We follow the definitions outlined in the Sen and Disability 0-25 years Code of practice (2014) when deciding whether a child has a Special Educational Need.


‘ (A child) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools…’ (Code of practice 2014)


‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for specialist educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’ (Code of practice 2014)


At Finstall First School, all children receive high quality 1st class teaching which takes into account the needs of all learners in the classroom through differentiation in terms of teaching approach and work set. However, we accept that some children may be at risk of not making the required amount of progress either academically, emotionally, socially or physically. We have rigorous procedures in place to quickly identify, plan, implement and review a child’s progress so that a child’s full potential can be met. We use a graduated approach to quickly identify, plan and implement strategies to meet a child’s needs:


1 – Assessing needs

2- Plan

3- Do

4 – Review


A child’s needs are met using 3 levels of intervention often described as “Waves of Support”, which support their access to the curriculum.


Wave 1 – High quality 1st class teaching and differentiation for all pupils within an inclusive learning environment.


Wave 2 – Specific and time- limited interventions provided for some pupils who need support to accelerate their progress, usually within a group situation. Children in this category we have defined as ‘cause for concern.’


Wave 3 – Highly tailored interventions to support a minority of pupils in order to accelerate their progress. This category is called ‘SEN Support.’ We provide the Local Authority with information about children who are receiving this level of support.



Wave 2 - Cause for Concern

  • When a child is identified as a cause for concern, a child is added to our Wave 2 year group provision map. Time-limited interventions are planned and carried out. These interventions are reviewed at regular intervals and changed or modified accordingly. Parents are informed about the interventions that their child will be receiving.



    Wave 3 – SEN Support:


  • There will be some children who will have more complex needs who will not make adequate progress despite receiving interventions over a period of time. These may be children who are not making adequate progress, either socially, emotionally or academically, despite a number of time-limited interventions. They may have a disability or medical condition which may hinder the progress they are making. The attainment gap between the child and their peers may not have narrowed or may even have widened. Therefore a child would progress to the next wave – Wave 3. Children at wave 3 receive an Individual Provision Map or Behaviour Plan with clear targets which are reviewed termly in collaboration with parents.



    Ofsted Report 2012


    “Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs are integrated well. The school is wholly committed to equality of opportunity and tracks the performance of different groups of pupils rigorously in English and Mathematics. Pupils who are disabled and those with special educational needs are identified early and are supported well through a wide range of intervention programmes so that they make good progress in line with their peers.”

Information for parents
In the links below you will find our SEND Policy, SEN Information Report and our school offer.
Below is the powerpoint presentation from the meeting on Wednesday 8th October 2015: 
- A parents guide to S.E.N.D changes
Games and activities for children
Useful websites for Parents