Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

Across the Lionwood Federation, we believe that all children should have equal access to the curriculum and this is underpinned by the following principles:

  • We are committed to an inclusive approach so that all children regardless of need are supported to reach their full potential.
  • We have effective management systems and procedures for SEND, taking into account the current Code of Practice (2014).
  • We have successful communication between teachers, children with SEND, parents of SEND children, intervention group leaders and outside agencies.
  • We work to develop our successful cluster work with the North Norwich Cluster to develop provision and practice.
  • We are committed to developing the knowledge and skills of all staff to manage the challenges of the range of needs in the school.
  • We have an effective review cycle that allows us to monitor, review and plan for next steps of development.

In practice this means:

  • There is identification and monitoring of a child’s needs at the earliest possible stage.
  • All procedures of identifying SEND are known by all personnel on site;
  • There is involvement with parents at an early stage and that parents are encouraged to be involved with their children’s education.
  • Adequate records follow the child through the school which are clear, factual, up-to-date and reliable.
  • There is equal access to the curriculum and equal opportunities for all children with SEND – differentiated provision.
  • That the needs of all SEND children are catered for and that they are given a positive image.


The Lionwood Schools Federation are committed to:

  • Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum.
  • Improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services.
  • Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is provided in writing for pupils who are not disabled.
  • Particular reference should be made to the Disabilities Policy when applying the SEND policy.

The SEND Coordinator is Lucy Finnie

The SEND Co-ordinators (SENDCO) at The Lionwood Schools Federation are responsible for:

  • Identifying in partnership with staff and outside agencies, a pupil’s special educational needs.
  • The day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy.
  • Liaising with and advising staff members.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEND and monitoring the effectiveness of special educational provision for the pupil which meets those needs.
  • Maintaining the school’s SEND register and contributing to the records of all pupils with SEND.
  • Contributing to the in-service training of staff and advising them about differentiated teaching methods appropriate for individual pupils with SEN.
  • Liaising with external agencies, including the Special Educational Needs and Psychology Service (CEPP) and voluntary bodies.
  • Ensuring that there is effective communication between staff and parents – in relation to each of the registered pupils progress, attainment and provision.
  • Ensuring that the records of the pupil’s special educational needs and the special educational provision made to meet those needs are maintained and kept up to date.
  • Ensure that the progress and attainment of all children is recorded, monitored, analysed and any problems are addressed.
  • Ensuring that an effective, knowledgeable and smooth transition takes place for children with SEND, when they move to another educational establishment.

The Trustee responsible for SEND is Eileen Hansell.

The Trustees of Inclusive Schools Trust have statutory duties towards pupils with SEND.

They must:

  • Do their best to secure that necessary provision is made for any child who has SEND.
  • Be secure that where the school has been informed by the LA that a pupil has SEND, those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach him or her.
  • Be secure that adults in the school are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for pupils with SEND.
  • Report annually to parents on the school’s policy for pupils with SEND.
  • Ensure that children with SEND join in the activities of the school with pupils who do not have SEND.
  • Have regard to the Code of Practice
  • Ensure that the SENDCO appointed meets the requirements of statute.
  • Must determine the role of the SENDCO in relation to the leadership and management of school.
  • Determine the key responsibilities of the SENDCO and monitor the effectiveness of the SENDCO.

Headteacher’s signature:                                                            Date:

SENDCO Signature: L Finnie                                                      Date: September 25th 2020

Chair of Trustees signature:                                                       Date:

Date of Review: September 2021