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Special Education Needs and Disability

Our Special Needs and Disability coordinator is Mrs.Charlotte Barnes.

She can be contacted by telephoning the school office (01623 810355) or by e-mail via the school office


Our SEND Governor is Mick Gamble. It is their role to keep the governors informed about Special Educational Needs provision at Anthony Bek Primary School. They are also responsible for making sure any new requirements set out by the Local Education Authority or the Government are followed and implemented and that all SEND children are making progress and being supported.

Anthony Bek's Special Educational Needs and Disability School Report


Welcome to our SEND information report which is part of the Derbyshire Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). All governing bodies of maintained school and maintained nursery schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of support for pupils with SEN. This information will be updated annually.


Anthony Bek Aims

We aim to enable and encourage all children to develop their full potential.

  • We aim to provide a broad, balanced curriculum relevant to the needs of all our pupils.

  • We aim for the children to develop healthy attitudes to their own value as individuals, along with the care and respect for others and their environment.

  • We aim to identify and assess the children with SEND and to make sure that the arrangements made for these children are in line with the requirements of the SEND code of Practice 2014 and Disability Act.

  • We aim to build strong partnership with parents/ carers, ensuring their views are in the discussed and shared. They should always be involved in any decision making.

  • We aim to fully involve the child and take into account their views and opinions on their education.



At Anthony Bek it is the belief that all children have an equal right to a full and rounded education which will enable them to achieve their full potential. We use our best endeavours to secure Special Educational Disability provision (SEND) for pupils for whom this is required, that is ‘additional to and different from’ that provided within the differentiated curriculum to better respond to the four areas of need identified in the new Code of Practice (September 2014).

What is 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 or disability if he or she: a) has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or b) has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions. For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind. A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Definitions of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act.)




Children with SEND are encouraged to be as independent as possible and to integrate fully with their peers. Equal opportunities are and should always be offered to all pupils. Provision for children with SEND is a matter for the whole school. The governing body, the school’s head teacher, the SENDCO and all other members of staff, particularly class teachers and teaching assistants, have important day–to–day responsibilities. All teachers are teachers of children with SEND. Difficulties will usually be noticed by the class teacher, but concerns may also be expressed by the parent, health or social services.


Areas of SEND

  • Communication and interaction – speech and language difficulties, hearing impairment, autistic traits.
  • Cognition and learning - moderate, severe learning difficulties, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia.

  • Social, mental and emotional health – withdrawn, isolated, disruptive, hyperactive or those who lack concentration.

  • Sensory, multi-sensory and physical difficulties - physical, health and sensory needs which may affect the child's ability to access the curriculum and make progress. 
  • Behaviour is no longer an SEND criteria however, within Social, Mental and Emotional Health, Behaviour needs will be assessed. 



What is the Local Offer?

The SEND Local Offer is a resource which is designed to support children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families. It describes the services and provision that are available both to those families in Derbyshire that have an Education, Health and Care Plan and those who do not have a plan, but still experience some form of special educational need. The SEND Local Offer includes information about public services across education, health and social care, as well as those provided by the private, voluntary and community sectors. Derbyshire’s Local Offer is available at:

Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy July 2019

Parents can find further information on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in this DfE guide attached below: