Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Telephone: 01628 622708
Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
A child or young person has special educational needs and disabilities if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and education support.
The SEND Code of Practice 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 give guidance to health and social care, education and local authorities to make sure that children and young people with SEND are properly supported.
Here at Boyne Hill, we believe in inclusion and that every child has a right to a high quality education. We recognise that all children are individual and some may need educational provision which is different from or additional to that normally available to the majority of pupils of the same age.
If the child that you care for needs extra health and education support, an application can be made for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to the Local Authority.
Welcome to our Sensory Area
At Boyne Hill, we recognise that some pupils may benefit from tailored physical activities to help meet their sensory needs, whilst promoting physical, social and emotional development.
Signs that a child may have difficulties with sensory processing include excessive fidgeting, poor concentration, lethargy and excessive physical contact and under or over responsiveness to external stimuli, e.g., sound, taste, touch, smell, light. In some instances, these difficulties can lead to them finding it tricky to engage with interaction and learning alongside others.
Understanding a child's sensory profile and developing activities which create calmness, regulation and/or alertness can help them when they feel overwhelmed and can be used to energise or settle children in to their school day and learning.
Sensory circuits and/or sensory diets can be sued to support children and help prevent sensory and emotional overload by meeting a child's nervous system's sensory needs but it can also be used as a recovery technique.
An occupational therapist (OT) usually designs the sensory diet for an individual pupil with activities tailored for use both at home and at school. Involvement of an OT, where necessary, can be managed with support from the school's SENCo (Mrs Abi Quinn), working in partnership with parents/carers.