Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and First Aid

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child's ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • Behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • Reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • Ability to understand things
  • Concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • Physical ability


 The 2015 SEND Code of Practice states that:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he/she:

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him/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”


Areas of Special Educational Need

At Woodside Junior School we make provision for pupils with the following four areas of need as outlined in the 2015 SEND Code of Practice:

  • Communication and Interaction.
  • Cognition and Learning.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health.
  • Sensory and / or Physical.

Needs are identified in order to ascertain what action the school needs to take - not to fit children into a category.

Legal Framework

To make this provision, our SEND policy will have due regard to legislation, including, but not limited to:

  • The Children and Families Act 2014 (and related regulations).
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012.
  • The Equality Act 2010.
  • The Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • Children’s Act 1989.

It will also take into account statutory and non-statutory related guidance, including, but not limited to:

  • The 2015 SEND Code of Practice 0-25.
  • Supporting Children with Medical Conditions.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education.
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children.

These documents are readily available online

Buckinghamshire -Local Offer

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) local offer sets out the support available in Buckinghamshire for children and young people aged 0 to 25 with SEND.

This includes children and young people with or without an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Buckinghamshire Local Offer Aims to:

  • provide clear, accessible information about available services and support
  • ensure that young people with SEND, and their parents and carers, are listened to when local services are developed and reviewed

Parents can see the types of support you can get through the SEND local offer, including:

Parents can also use our directory to see local organisations, services and activities that support children and young people with SEND

For more information: https://familyinfo.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/send/about-local-offer/