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SEN Support

Special Educational Needs and Disability

What is SEN Support?

When a child or young person is identified as having a Special Educational Need, the support they receive becomes more targeted.

SEN Support and High Level SEN Support are used, in Trafford, to describe the specific and timelimited support that is additional and different from the Universal support that is available to children and young people of the same age.

When an early years setting, school or college thinks a child or young person might need SEN support they must work with the child or young person and their parents and carers.

Early years setting, school and colleges must publish on their website what is provided for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. This is sometimes called a SEN Information report or SEND Local Offer report.

SEN Support could include:

  • additional materials and equipment classroom or environment adaptations
  • individual interventions or programmes
  • small group intervention work focused support from the class teacher, SENCO or support staff.
  • helping the child or young person to join in class activities
  • helping the child or young person to play or interact with other children or young people
  • advice and support from external professionals such as specialist teachers

At every stage, the views and wishes of the child or young person and their parent and carer will be listened to.

What should educational settings do?

Take immediate action when a child or young person is identified as having SEN.

Inform the child or young person's family as soon as the pupil's SEN is identified.

Work in partnership with the child or young person, their parents and carers, including them in decision making and in reviews of the support put in place.

Remove all barriers to learning by putting effective support for the child or young person in line with the Trafford Graduated Approach.

Working with the family to review the support put in place for children and young people with SEN at least termly.

Gain advice from specialist professionals if necessary. Use Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) cycles to inform changes to a child or young person’s SEN support.

Find out more about Trafford's Graduated Approach or Early Years Graduated Approach.