Special Educational Needs (SEN)

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As a whole school community, and supported by the Local Authority, our mission is to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress during their time at Westbury CE Juniors.

How are Special Educational Needs defined?

The definition of SEN is for those children who need something different from, or additional to, what is being delivered by a class teacher through quality first teaching.

At WJS, the more informal definition is that all children at some point in their school career will have a special educational need which may demand additional support. This could be a bereavement, an academic challenge to overcome or friendship difficulties. All staff are here to support all pupils when they need it.

Special Educational Needs and Disability code of practise 0-25yrs July 2014 identifies this as;

  • “A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.”
  • “A child of compulsory school age or young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
    1. has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
    2. 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 school or mainstream post-16 institutions”

Our SEN Policy can be found here and in the ‘Our Policies’ section of the website.