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Four Elms Primary School

Four Elms Primary School

SEND & Wellbeing Support

Definition of SEND

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  1. Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
  2. Has a disability, which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions. SEN Code of Practice (2014, p 4)

Definition of disability

Many children and young people who have SEND may also have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is '…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’.  This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise: ‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’ SEN Code of Practice (2014, p5)



The local authority local offer

The local authority’s local offer is published on

Parents without internet access should make an appointment with the SENCo for support to gain the information they require. 


This report links to our policies on:

  • Accessibility plan
  • SEND Policy
  • Equality Policy
  • Behaviour Policy
  • Complaints Procedure Policy
  • Disability Policy (which sets out the arrangements for the admission of pupils with disabilities, the steps we have taken to prevent pupils with disabilities from being treated less favourably than other pupils and the facilities we provide to help pupils with disabilities to access the school
  • Supporting pupils with medical conditions


If you have any concerns or questions, please speak to your child's class teacher or Adele Solomides (Inclusion Manager) -

Please also look at our newsletter below, which signposts you to a range of different places depending on your child's needs.


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