SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) Information

At different times in their school life a child may have a Special Education Need (SEN). The SEND Code of Practice (2015) defines SEN as follows:

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

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others 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.’

Some children will need additional support for all of their time at school, whilst others will need it for only a short time. The Code of Practice identifies 4 broad areas of need:

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

At Knaphill Federation of Schools, we use a range of different strategies and resources to support the children based on their individual needs and learning styles. This may involve the children sometimes working individually or in small groups outside of the class, with a Teaching Assistant. For the majority of time, however, children will be supported within class lessons.

We aim for parents to be kept fully informed of their child’s progress through Individual Support Plans (ISP), parents’ evenings and annual reports. Parents are welcome to make appointments to see class teachers or the Inclusion Leader if they have any concerns or queries regarding their child’s learning or welfare.

We work closely with our feeder schools and local secondary schools, with the aim to ensure that children with SEND experience a smooth transition between key stages. Parents of children with SEND, who are considering choosing Knaphill Federation of Schools, are encouraged to contact the Inclusion Leader through the school office, to arrange an appointment.

To contact our Inclusion Leader, please e-mail: