Heathcoat Primary School is an inclusive, mainstream school and in accordance with our Equal Opportunities, SEND and Inclusion Policies we aim to provide all of our pupils with full access to the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Under the new SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014), a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, or SEND, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through high quality classroom teaching and differentiation.

Broad areas of need are identified as:

  • communication and interaction;
  • cognition and learning;
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties;
  • sensory and/or physical needs.

They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.

The SEND Code of Practice sets out statutory guidance for schools.  A revised SEND Code of Practice was implemented in September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health professionals and social care.

The  SENDCo/Inclusion Leader is Claire Shanahan and Kylie Ford is the assistant SENCO. Both members of staff can be contacted via the school office on 01884 252445

Please follow the links for further information:

SEND Code of Practice

HPS Accessibility-Plan-2019-2022.docx

Click here for information on what you can expect to be available for children and young people who have special educational needs in Devon across education, health and social care services.

Click here for HPS NEW SEND Info report

Click here for SEND-Policy-APRIL-2020

Helpful information for parents about SEN Support at Heathcoat Primary School can be downloaded here.