SEND Information Report - Reviewed September 2021
Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council's Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs. The School's SEND Information Report is a valuable source of information for parents in relation to SEND. This report details our ethos, processes, curriculum accessibility and provision for SEND, including who to contact if you have a question, query or complaint.
SEND Information Report
Schools have a legal duty to carry out accessibility planning for disabled pupils. We are fortunate to be located in an attractive new building, which is fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act 2015 regulations - but accessibility goes beyond the physical space of a school.
Our school’s accessibility plans are aimed at:
Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum.
Improving the physical environment of schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided.
- Improving the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils .
The Purpose and Direction of the Accessibility Plan
At Vane Road Primary School we are committed to giving all of our children every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.
We do this by taking account of pupils’ varied life experiences and needs.
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations for all children.
The achievements, attitudes and well-being of all our children matter. Vane Road Primary School promotes the individuality of all our children, irrespective of ethnicity, attainment, age, disability, gender or background. Our school aims to be an inclusive and kind school.
We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils, or groups of pupils.
Pupils with disabilities are fully included in the life of the school. They participate fully in the curriculum, and are fully involved in school visits. They access all areas of the school building, as the building is newly refurbished and fully complies with all Disability Discrimination Act Regulations.
As such, we are proud to have a building which includes:
- A dedicated hygiene room – with a wheelchair accessible toilet area, shower, hoist and adjustable height hygiene bed
- A lift, to ensure that all children can access all parts of the school.
- An Evacuation station on the North Stairs for wheelchair users.
- Wide doors – externally and internally, so that children and adults using wheelchairs do not require special routes around the school – and children can access every room in the building that they need to
- A dedicated medical room equipped with a privacy curtain, where children and adults can administer medicines privately and comfortably.
- 3 further wheelchair accessible toilet areas – two on each the first floor and one on the upper floor.
- Wide footpaths round the school building – ensuring that wheelchair users do not feel uncomfortable travelling along narrow paths with pedestrians
- Dedicated disabled car parking spaces
- A dedicated Medical Health Care Assistant – Mrs Christine Wilson.
Full Accessibility Plan.
Statement of Intent for Promoting Equality
We welcome our duties under the Equality Act 2010. Under the general duty of public sector equality duty, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to:
Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act.
Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it
At Vane Road Primary School School we are committed to equality. Every pupil fulfils their potential no matter what his or her background or personal circumstances.
We are committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families.
At Vane Road Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide the best educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
At Vane Road Primary School we work hard as a team to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
There are four broad areas of SEND, these are:
- Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn.
- Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.