Our SENCO is Mrs C Walsh (while Mrs Butterworth is on secondment) and our SEN Governor is currently vacant due to our SEN Governor recently stepping down and so is covered by Carol Stunell (our Chair of Governors).

 School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information

At Seven Stars Primary School, we  believe passionately in the importance of inclusion and equality for all children and adults, and strive to ensure that these values are at the heart of our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) practices.

We will always involve parents and children in key decisions, as well as planning and reviewing progress; we know that parents are the first educators of their child and that we need their knowledge and co-operation to plan effectively.

We know that the earlier we identify SEND and provide support, the more successful our children will be.

We are committed to providing expert support and resources for children with SEND to fulfil their individual potential.
Our starting point is to guarantee a whole -school approach to providing for the needs of children with SEND. In other words, we make sure that all staff have the knowledge and skills to support all children, including those with SEND, throughout our School.

If you have any questions regarding your child, then please get in touch with your child's class teacher in the first instance and an appointment can be arranged with Mrs Walsh our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

In the documents below, you can read about our provision and how we support those children who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, and their families.

A child has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of about the same age.

Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Schools and other organisations can help most children overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily. A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

 Special educational needs could mean that a child has difficulties with:

  • Communication and interaction - in expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • Cognition and learning - in gaining basic skills in school such as reading and writing
  • Social, emotional or mental health difficulties - making friends or relating to adults or behaving properly in school
  • Sensory and/or physical - such as hearing or visual impairment, which might affect them in school or a medical or health condition which may slow down a child’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education.

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways they learn best. Teachers take account of this when they organise lessons and teach. Children making slower progress, or having difficulties in one area, may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

Arrangements for disabled pupils

Applications for admission of children with difficulties are welcomed and parents are asked to give the Headteacher details of the disability on application.

The Headteacher will arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time to discuss the ways in which the child’s disability might hinder her/him from taking a full part in the life of the school and the ways in which such difficulties will be overcome. All areas of the school to which children have access are DDA compliant or have appropriate access arrangements to enable all children to take part.

The Headteacher will then make any arrangements necessary to enable the child to participate fully in all lessons and activities. These arrangements may include briefing staff, obtaining special furniture, making minor adaptations to the building, rearranging classroom furniture and/or employing support staff.

These may take time to put into place and may require advice and assistance from the Area Office or specialist agencies, so parents are urged to see the Headteacher as soon as possible to ensure that everything can be ready for the child’s first day at school.

SEND policies and documents

Link to the Lancashire Local Authority SEND Offer:

Lancashire Local Authority SEND Offer

Advice and help for parents/carers of pupils with SEND:

Getting help

Link to Lancashire Break Time (activities locally for families with SEND children):

Lancashire Break Time activities

Link to Local Authority Admissions arrangements:

https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-families/schools/apply-for-a-school-place/