High Beeches Primary School

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Special Educational Needs

At High Beeches Primary School we value the abilities and achievements of all our pupils, and are committed to providing the best possible environment for learning for each pupil. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and able to participate fully in school life.

High Beeches School believes that each pupil has individual and unique needs. However, some pupils require more support than others to achieve their full potential. We acknowledge that a significant proportion of pupils will have special educational needs at some time in their school career. Many of these pupils may require help throughout their time in school, while others may need a little extra support for a short period to help them overcome more temporary needs. We use a variety of different interventions to support the needs of all of our pupils. These interventions are regularly reviewed to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children they are supporting.

From the 1st September 2014 the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years came into force, replacing the 2001 SEN Code of Practice. We have put together detailed information about our arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN in our SEN Information Report and SEND Policy.

If you have any questions about our provision, please contact our SENCo Mrs Burley.

What are Special Educational Needs?

Under the new Code of Practice, a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs, or SEN, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through good quality classroom teaching and differentiation.

Broad areas of need are identified as communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory and/or physical needs. They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.


Support groups and information for Parents:

Please also see the parent / carer hub section of the school’s website (on the 'Parents' tab).

Parent Network support & Information group for parents caring for children and young people with either a diagnosis or awaiting a diagnosis of Special Educational Needs

Maria, Siobhann & Hayley are trained Families in Focus CIC facilitators and are running FREE Parent Network support and information drop in sessions in Harpenden for parents / adoptive parents and grandparents caring for children and youn people with either a diagnosis or awaiting diagnosis of Special Educational Needs.  Non-judgemental, caring support groups for parents by parents caring for a child with any special educational needs.  No need to book just turn up.  Run by parents for parents.

Where: The Harpenden Trust Centre, 90 Southdown road, Harpenden, AL5 1PS

When: Thursday 7-9pm

2019 dates: March 7th, March 28th, April 25th, May 16th, June 6th, June 27th, July 18th, September 12th, October 3rd, October 24th, November 14th, December 12th.


Hertfordshire’s SEND Local Offer

The Local Offer sets out the information, support, services and activities that are available in the local area for families, children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND.



ADD-vance was set up in Hertfordshire in 1996.  They provide training, advice and support for the families of children affected by ADHD and/or Autism and the professionals involved in their care.



If your child has additional needs you can register them on the Hertfordshire Additional Needs Database (HAND).  This is a free service and you will be issued with a membership card.  This card can be used in getting assistance in many situations.  You will also receive a termly newsletter.

You can join HAND online or call 01992 556984.

HAND flyer

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

The Information Advice and Support Service provide a free, confidential and impartial service to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and to children and young people (up to 25 years) with SEND.



 Kids Hertfordshire HUBs

The HUBs offers information and support to any parent or carer of a child aged 0-19 with any disability or additional need living in Hertfordshire.



Space Support Group

Space is a Hertfordshire based charity supporting parent/carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a related condition.



Delivering Special Provision Locally (DSPL)

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, carers, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, to ensure that there is a range of provision and support services available in their local community.