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St Francis Church of England Aided Junior School

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What is the Local Authority Local Offer?

From September 2014 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. This is called the 'Local Offer'.


The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice for families and will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.


The current link to the LA Local Offer website can be found at:


Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. Supplementary information can be found on this dedicated section of our school website. Additional documentation details our provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities who attend St Francis CofE (Aided) Junior School. We hope this information will provide answers to many of your questions but should you have any outstanding queries please do not hesitate to contact us at school (01325 300236)


This SEND Information Report should be read alongside our ‘Special Educational Needs Policy’ and our ‘Special Educational Needs Guidance’ and other associated policies uploaded to our Policies Section.


At St Francis' we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.


Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their special educational needs. We invite you to discuss your child’s needs with us as soon as you become concerned and/or your child is involved with another professional to meet their needs.


At St Francis' our Deputy Head teacher, Mrs Lakey as part of her Senior Leadership remit, undertakes the role of both Designated Teacher for Looked after Children and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and those who have special educational needs. As Mrs Lakey undertakes both roles she is provided with a wholistic view of the needs of Looked After Children and pupils with special educational needs. Not all, but some LAC pupils, may have special educational needs. Coordinating provision for both groups of pupils negates the requirement for liaison between SENDCo and Designated Teacher for LAC and also provides carers with one point of contact in school.


At St Francis' we do all we can to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.



Communication and Interaction

This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Cognition and Learning

This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn

Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.