What are we trying to do at Braywood?
Definition of Special Educational Needs
“Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them.” DFE
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
- Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.
- Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.
- Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
- To create an environment that meets the special educational needs of each child.
- To enable all children to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum.
- To ensure that the special educational needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for.
- To make clear the expectations of all partners in the process.
- To identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for children’s special educational needs.
- To ensure that parents are able to play their part in supporting their child’s education.
- To ensure that our children have a voice in this process.
- The ethos of the school is that every child has the opportunity to succeed. We are concerned with the uniqueness of each individual child and their capacity to develop in every aspect of school life.
At Braywood we adhere to the SEN Code of Practice which sets out guidance on policies and procedures aimed at enabling pupils with special educational needs to reach their full potential, to be included fully in their school communities and make a successful transition to adulthood. We are extremely proud of our record for successfully including children into our setting in order to meet their special educational needs.
Below is the Local Offer from the RBWM and from our school.
RBWM Local Offer for all families
Local Offer and Inclusion Charter poster
SEND Guidance from the Borough
Mental health and Emotional Wellbeing Information for parents
Early Help Booklet for parents
Braywood's ELSA & SEND Brochure
How can the LEA help parents with SEN?
SEND Local Offer
Every local authority has a SEND Local Offer. The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents, carers, children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities to see clearly, from a single and regularly updated source, the services available to local families and how to access them. The offer covers services from birth to 25, across education, health and social care.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead’s children's services are provided by Achieving for Children. The SEND Local Offer can be found on the Local Offer website for RBWM.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Register
All local authorities must have a record or register of children with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) in their area. If you live in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, we encourage anyone whose family includes a child or young person who has a special educational need or disability to register. Young people over 13 years of age can register independently and can remain registered until their 25th birthday.
Everyone on the register will benefit from:
- information about support, services, activities and events
- information aimed at young people with disabilities
- opportunities to have your say about the services that are important to you
- the knowledge that your anonymous statistical data is helping us to plan and improve services
When you register you have the option to ask for a Disability Awareness Card.
Parent Carer Forum - SEND Voices RBWM
All parents and carers of children and young people (aged 0 to 25 years) with any special educational need or disability (SEND), living or accessing services in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, are welcome.
Professionals and practitioners who work with children and young people with SEND, such as SENCOs, teachers and therapists, are welcome to become associate members.
Membership is free. To become a member or for more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service for children, young people and parents.
The Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service provides free, impartial and confidential information, advice and support to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) up to age 25, and their parents/carers.
The service provides:
- A free and confidential service provided at “arms length” from education, health and care providers
- Impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to education, health and social care where there is a special educational need or disability
- Advice and support from independently trained Information, Advice and Support Service staff
- Support through statutory processes relating to Education Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessments and planning
- Information and practical support to find answers to your questions
Contact the IAS Service:
We’re based at: The Riverside Children's Centre, West Dean, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7JB
Telephone: 01628 683182
The office is open Monday to Friday 09.30am-16.30pm during term time only.