Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)
All Hartlepool Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.
All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
The broad areas of SEND need are:
- Communication and Interaction.
- Cognition and Learning.
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
- Sensory and/or Physical.
Select a topic below to scroll to the relevant section on this webpage
- School Policy
- Special Education Needs Information Report
- Hartlepool SEN Support
- Hartlepool Information, Advice and Support Services
- The Children’s Hub
- Hartlepool Families First
- Speech, Language & Communication
- Educational Psychology Team
- Useful Websites
Special Education Needs Information Report
What is the Special Education Needs Report?
Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide. Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Education Needs Information Report.
Hartlepool ‘Local Offer’ of SEN Support
What is the Local Offer?
The LA Local Offer
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
To access further information please use the link below. http://hartlepool.fsd.org.uk/kb5/hartlepool/fsd/send.page
Hartlepool is currently a ‘Pathfinder Authority’.
The SEND Pathfinder Programme is testing proposed reforms to the current system of supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND). http://www.sendpathfinder.co.uk
Hartlepool Information, Advice and Support Services
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm. Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm (all year round)
Short Break & Parent Participation Officer
Telephone: 01429 284876
You can contact the Children’s Hub by letter, telephone, text or email. If English is not your first language we can provide a translation service.Child and Adult Services
Hartlepool Borough Council
Telephone: 01429 284284
Hartlepool Families First
Hartlepool Families First exists to improve the quality of health and life for children, young people and their families through a range of social, welfare and educational measures.
The organisation’s objectives, as stated in their constitution, are: “Provision of therapeutic, educational and stimulating toys and equipment, the preservation and protection of health and the relief of distress within family relationships, , in particular but not exclusively by the provision of a support and advice service and the promotion of good parenting practice and skills.”
Hartlepool Families First, 6-7 Belle Business Park, Greatham Street, Hartlepool, TS25 1RU
Telephone: 01429 867016
Fax: 01429 818463
Speech, Language & Communication
Almost everything we do involves speech, language and/or communication. Everyday tasks, learning, sorting out problems, having a conversation, getting a job, making friends and having fun all rely on our ability to communicate.
Being able to say what you want to say and to understand what other people are saying is the most important skill we need in life. Yet many people take communication for granted. Some children and young people have difficulty communicating with others: they have speech, language and communication needs – often referred to as ‘SLCN’.
Speech refers to:
- speaking with a clear voice, in a way that makes speech interesting and meaningful;
- speaking without hesitating too much or without repeating words or sounds;
- being able to make sounds like ‘k’ and ‘t’ clearly so people can understand what you say.
Language refers to talking and understanding:
- joining words together into sentences, stories and conversations;
- knowing and choosing the right words to explain what you mean;
- making sense of what people say.
Communication refers to how we interact with others:
- using language or gestures in different ways, for example to have a conversation or to give someone directions;
- being able to consider other people’s point of view;
- using and understanding body language and facial expressions, such as: knowing when someone is bored, being able to listen to and look at people when having a conversation, knowing how to take turns and to listen as well as talk, and knowing how close to stand next to someone.
NOTE: If you are concerned about your child’s speech, language and /or communication, please speak to your child’s teacher and or / Mrs Greenan
Publications from the Communication Trust
The Communication Trust is a campaigning voice for children with speech, language and/or communication needs. Their website is www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk
Educational Psychology Team
Our current Educational Psychologist is called Kathryn Crowder
Kathryn helps children throughout the school with a range of issues that affect their, for example, learning, concentration, attention and/or social communication and interaction.
Because there can sometimes be confusion (and even fear) about the role of an Educational Psychologist, it is worth explaining that, in short, the purpose of a school seeking support from an Educational Psychologist is so that she/he can contribute to the identification and assessment of a child’s needs and recommend strategies and support arrangements which will enable the child to make progress.
- Advisory Centre for Education: www.ace-ed.org.uk
- AFASIC – Unlocking Speech and Language: www.afasic.org.uk
- Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus: www.asbah.org
- Ataxia UK: www.ataxia.org.uk
- Barnardo’s: www.barnardos.org.uk
- British Deaf Association: www.bda.org.uk
- British Dyslexia Association: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
- Brittle Bone Society: www.brittlebone.org
- Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education (CSIE): www.csie.org.uk
- Children’s Legal Centre: www.childrenslegalcentre.com
- Contact a Family: www.cafamily.org.uk
- Council for Disabled Children: www.ncb.org.uk
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust: www.cftrust.org.uk
- Diabetes UK: www.diabetes.org.uk
- DIAL UK (Disability Information Line): www.dialuk.org.uk
- Disability Alliance: www.disabilityalliance.org
- Disability Living Foundation: www.dlf.org.uk
- Disability Sport Event: www.disabilitysport.org.uk
- Down’s Syndrome Association: www.downssyndrome.org.uk
- Dyslexia Action: www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk
- Dyspraxia Foundation: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
- Epilepsy Action: www.epilepsy.org.uk
- Family Fund: www.familyfundtrust.org.uk
- Haemophilia Society: www.haemophilia.org.uk
- Headway National Head Injuries Association: www.headway.org.u k
- Huntington’s Disease Association: www.hda.org.uk
- I CAN (Invalid Children Aid Nationwide): www.ican.org.uk
- IPSEA (Independent Panel for Special Educational Advice): www.ipsea.org.uk
- KIDS: www.kids.org.uk
- Leukaemia Care: www.leukaemiacare.org.uk
- LOOK: www.look-uk.org
- Irlen ABC (Accuracy by Colour): www.irlenabc.f9.co.uk
- Irlen Institute (USA): www.irlen.com
- Irlen UK: www.irlenuk.com
- National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
- National Association of Special Educational Needs: www.nasen.org.uk
- National Asthma UK: www.asthma.org.uk
- National Autistic Society: www.nas.org.uk
- National Blind Children’s Society: www.nbcs.org.uk
- National Deaf Children’s Society: www.ndcs.org.uk
- National Eczema Society: www.eczema.org
- National Federation of the Blind: www.nfbuk.org
- National Parent Partnership Network: www.parentpartnership.org.uk
- National Society for Epilepsy: www.epilepsysociety.org.uk
- Network 81: www.network81.org
- Parents for Inclusion: www.parentsforinclusion.org
- Physically Disabled and Able Bodied (PHAB): www.phabengland.org.uk
- Pre-school Learning Alliance: www.pre-school.org.uk
- Rathbone: www.rathboneuk.org
- Royal National Institute of the Blind: www.rnib.org.uk
- SCOPE: www.scope.org.uk
- SENSE: www.sense.org.uk
- Sickle Cell Society: www.sicklecellsociety.org
- SKILL: National Bureau for students with disabilities: www.skill.org.uk
- Spinal Injuries Association: www.spinal.co.uk
- The Stroke Association: www.stroke.org.uk
- Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk