What are special educational needs and disabilities?

A child or young person has special educational needs and disabilities if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and/or education support, we shorten this to SEND.

The SEND Code of Practice 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 gives guidance to health and social care, education and local authorities to make sure that children and young people with SEND are properly supported.

If you or a child that you care for needs extra health and education support, an application can be made for an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) to your local council.

The Cheshire East Toolkit for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Inclusion at Alsager Highfields

All schools seek to be as inclusive as possible, and Alsager Highfields is no different.  We are fortunate to have a team of support staff who work with our children with special educational needs and disabilities in school.  Our teaching and learning team access a programme of continuing professional development that includes the level 1 Autism Education Trust programme, Emotion Coaching and Adverse Childhood Experiences and attachment.  We seek to fund appropriate interventions to support children appropriately in school, from support in small groups, through specific and targeted computer programmes, to 1:1 RWI sessions, our staff work hard with specialist services in order to ensure that the provision we put in place is the absolute best that it can be.

Interventions at Alsager Highfields

We have a range of interventions at Alsager Highfields. The interventions are only part of the support that is offered to the children in our care.  Interventions are delivered by teachers and teaching assistants and, in some cases, there are specialists who visit our school to deliver these sessions.  Interventions usually last for a minimum of 6 weeks and they are reviewed by at least one of the following: SENCO, class teacher, teaching assistant or specialist colleagues from other agencies.  

Cognition and Learning 

  • small group English/Maths sessions
  • IDL Literacy
  • Read Write Inc daily intervention 1-1
  • Read Write Inc daily small group targeted support
  • 123Maths
  • Toe by toe
  • Precision teaching
  • Times Tables Rock Stars
  • Touch typing
  • Working memory support


Communication and Interaction 

  • Talkabout
  • Time to Talk
  • Structured Conversations
  • Social Stories
  • Comic strip conversations
  • CEAT Autism Outreach Team mentor support
  • Speech and language referrals with care plan activities
  • Mr Goodguess 


Social, Emotional and Mental Health 

  • Emotionally Healthy Children consultation with actions agreed
  • Emotional literacy ELSA 1-1 and small group support
  • Zones of regulation
  • Family Ties small group support
  • Dove bereavement support
  • Daily check-ins and debriefs
  • Blobs sessions


Sensory and Physical 

  • Physiotherapy
  • OT support
  • Sensory support 
  • Sensory circuits
  • Motorskills United
  • Write from the start

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