St Joseph's Catholic Primary School A Voluntary Academy

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Special Educational Needs

SEN Coordinator - Miss Kim Nugent

SEN Governor - Mr Mark Beckett


At St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School, we firmly believe in addressing the particular needs of every pupil and overcoming potential barriers.

Lessons are planned 'to ensure that there are no barriers to every pupil achieving. In many cases, such planning will mean that these pupils will be able to study the full national curriculum.' National Curriculum for England July 2013.

Do you have an SEN query that you would like to discuss with the SENCo?

Appointments can be made at the Office to see Miss Nugent.


The SEN Code of Practice (2014) reflects the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.

  • It covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN
  • There is a strong emphasis on the involvement of children, young people and parents
  • There is a focus on high aspirations on improving outcomes for children and young people
  • School Action and School Action Plus are replaced by Ranges of Provision within the Bradford District
  • Statements and Learning Difficulties Assessments will be replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)
  • It requires the Local Authority to publish its Local Offer 


The Local Offer

The Local Offer is a new way of providing children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents and carers information about what support and activities are available in their local area.

Bradford Council have their own Local Offer. Please click here to view the Local Authority Local Offer.

Every year the Local Authority publish a report into their Local Offer. To view the annual report please click here


To view the St Joseph's Local Offer please click here.

Policies related to SEN

SEN Range Guidance

Special Educational Needs are placed into specific areas of needs. The needs are as follows:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Physical and Medical
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Speech, Language & Communication
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder



Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

What is an EHCP?

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)will have their needs met in their local mainstream settings. These educational settings should try to meet the needs of these children and young people. Some children and young people may not make expected progress, despite these efforts to identify, assess and meet the special educational need. In these cases, schools or parents can consider requesting an EHC assessment.

This assessment involves a process of gathering information from the relevant people or agencies, including the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person. The needs assessment will help to determine whether we need to make additional provision through an EHCP. These plans replace Statements of SEN for children and young people with the most complex needs, from birth up to the age 25.


An application for an EHCP assessment can be submitted by parents and carers. This is done through an online portal. You can click the link below to access the portal to start the application process. 

Parent Portal


What happens next with an EHCP?

When deciding whether to issue an EHCP the local authority will take into account whether the needs of the child or young person can reasonably be met from resources normally available to the school.

An EHC assessment will not always lead to an EHC plan. However it may help to decide how the education setting can meet the child or young person’s needs without an EHCP. It should not take approximately 20 weeks from requesting an assessment to a final EHCP being issued.


School Nursing Team

If you have concerns regarding SEN and your child, support and advice can be sought from our school nursing team led at Canalside Health Centre.

Look out for information on the school newsletter for the regular 'drop-ins' held in school by the nursing team or contact them on 01274 221203.

Support for Families


Barnardo's SENDIASS Parent Partnership Service  - 01274 481183


Disability Advice Bureau - 01274 594173


 IPSEA - Independent Parental Special Education Advice