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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SEND Information Report

Welcome to our SEND information report, part of Durham County Council's Local Offer for children and young people with special educational needs.  Hopefully you will find all of the information you require here on our website. However, if you  would like to discuss our SEND information report in more detail, require any further information or would like to discuss any issue specific to your child,  please do not hesitate to  contact the school to arrange an appointment. Mrs Patchett, our SENCO would be more than happy to meet with you.  

Our SEN Information Report was reviewed and updated in January 2022.


From September 2014, the Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). This is known as the Local offer - you can find further details by following this link:

 Local Offer



What is SEN?

Special Educational Needs and/or a disability can affect many children throughout their school career and beyond. Whilst disabilities generally affect children long term, not all SEND difficulties should be seen as life-long. SEND is seen by our school as the child requiring provision that is additional to or different from the rest of the class. For example, they may have additional needs due to dyslexia, co-ordination, number problems or sensory and/or physical needs. Every child is unique and here at Prince Bishops Community Primary School we celebrate each child as an individual. We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best progress possible. We are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of primary school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


Definition - SEND Code of Practice.

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age. (CoP 2015, p16)



Other useful polices:

  • SEND and Inclusion Policy
  • Accessibility Plan
  • Admission Arrangements
  • Anti-Bullying Policy

There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:

Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs


Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.


Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn.


Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.


Further information about the Local Offer can be found here


For admissions information and all relevant SEND policies, please follow the link below.