At Long Furlong school we are committed to providing an equal education to all, regardless of race, gender or disability. A number of children will need special needs support during their years at school; children may have a physical disability or a specific learning difficulty e.g. with reading, emotional difficulties etc. We are guided by a National Code of Practice that lays down how such children should be identified and their progress assessed; further information can be found in our SEND policy . If we consider that a child may benefit from special needs support we will always consult the parent/carer as the first step. If you consider that your child has special needs please discuss this with your child’s class teacher.
Over recent years we have had considerable work done around the school to improve the environment for members of the school community with a disability, including ramps to facilitate easier access and ‘soundboards’ in the Nursery to help ensure that those with a hearing impairment are not excluded from conversations. We have three toilet cubicles adapted for use by those with disabilities, and we have IT and internet access throughout the school on both floors.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy, which reflects the Code of Practice, is shown below, along with our SEN Information Report and Accessibility Plan.
If you have queries or concerns about special educational needs/disabilities, these should be discussed in the first instance with your child’s class teacher, who may seek advice from our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), Clare Willetts. The school governor with responsibility for SEND is Mrs Nicola Gladwell.
Oxfordshire County Council’s “Local Offer”, which brings together information about education, health and care services for children and young people from 0 to 25 with SEND, can be found by clicking here. You might also find their Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) useful; more information can be found on their website by clicking here, or read their leaflet about SEND in mainstream schools.
The Oxfordshire Family Information Directory can be found by clicking here
The Department for Education has published a guide about special educational needs and disabilities, and this can be downloaded here:
Independent information for parents/carers can be found at http://www.specialneedsjungle.com
Information on Autism Family Support Oxford can be found at http://www.afso.org.uk/
Information about SEND and Early Years can be found by visiting the Portage Hub click here