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SEND and Inclusion

Some children in our school have special educational needs and/ or disabilities. We are committed to meeting the needs of these children, as we are to meeting the needs of all groups of children within our school.

The SEND policy is written to comply with the 2014 Children and Families Act and its SEN Code of Practice together with the Equality Act 2010. This policy is a statement of the aims, practices and strategies we have agreed at Yorke Mead to support children who have, or may have, a special educational need or disability and their families.

There are four broad categories of SEND:

· communication and interaction 

· cognition and learning

· social, emotional and mental health

· physical and sensory

We work closely with parents/ carers and children to ensure that we take into account the child’s own views and aspirations and the parents/carers experience of, and hopes for, their child.

Parents/ carers/are invited to be involved at every stage of planning and reviewing SEND provision for their child. All children benefit from ‘Quality First Teaching’: this means that teachers are expected to assess, plan and teach all children, regardless of ability, to provide challenge and engagement ensuring appropriate progress in learning. In addition, we implement some focused interventions to target particular skills.

Please see our SEN information report to understand how Yorke Mead implements our SEND Policy. You can use this document to find out more about how we assess, plan, do and review processes to support children who have, or may have, a SEND and their families in which decisions and actions are made, revisited, refined and revised.

Speech and Language self-referral Nursery:

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Contact the advice line if you have any queries about making a referral.

Leave a message any time of day on 01923 470 693. A member of the team will call you back

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DSPL - Delivering Special Provision Locally

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that :

  • Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.
  • Improves outcomes for wellbeing and attainment
  • Widens choice for children and parents/carers
  • Removes barriers to learning
  • Uses resources more effectively

Go to the DSPL 9 website