SEND at NIA
At NIA we take a whole school inclusive approach to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress and achieve their potential in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible. At NIA we have a graduated approach to SEND, ensuring early identification of needs and a continuum of support for children in order to enable them to make progress from early years to secondary. Please refer to our Inclusion and Equality Policy, which outlines the purpose, nature and management of special educational needs within our school.
Definition of Special Educational Needs and Disability
The Code of Practice (2014) states that a child or young person has a special educational need or disability 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 a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age,
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.
What is the Local Authority Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill, enacted in 2014 requires Local Authorities and schools to publish, and keep under review, information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The Northamptonshire Local Offer can be accessed by:
Tel: 0300 126 1000