Special Needs Education
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
During the past few years there has been a nationwide review of the support given to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It involved education (from nurseries, schools and colleges), health and social care as well as collecting the views of pupils and parents. As a result of these consultations, a new SEND Code of Practice came into effect from September 2014 as part of The Children and Families Act (2014).
The Code of Practice outlines the responsibilities of Local Authorities, educational settings, health and social care to support children and young people with special educational needs, including those who are disabled, between birth and 25 years of age.
What does this mean for children and young people in Cambridgeshire?
From September 2014, every Local Authority must publish a local offer which sets out the provision which should be available in their area for children and young people (from 0-25 years) who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Schools will also publish their own local offer as well as an annual SEND Information Report, which will outline what individual schools are able to offer in order to support children and families with SEND.
You can find out more about Cambridgeshire’s Local Offer on
At Park Lane the Governors oversee and evaluate the effectiveness of what the SENCO implements. Mrs Caroline Johnson (SEND Governor) has been working with Mrs Light-Rudland (SENCO) since January 2017 and have ensured that policies are up to date, that resources are being provided and implemented with success and then evaluated, that children with SEND needs are catered for and appropriately supported and or challenged. Both the SEND Governor and SENCO discuss the SEND that is within school and identified the level of support from Education, Health and Care Plans to ensure support plans are individual to group based interventions and monitor the impact through Assess, Pan, Do, Review cycles.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is:
Mrs Frances Light-Rudland
Frances works at our school every Tuesday & Wednesday, contact details are:
Park Lane Primary School & Nursery
The ‘1 in 10’ Project
New Road School, Park Lane Nursery and Park Lane School has secured funding from the Schools Improvement Board to develop education and support of children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN). 1 in 10 children has some form of SLCN, and all children benefit from support to develop strong communication skills.
The funding has allowed the schools to buy in specialist support from Jenni Bishop, Speech and Language Therapist. Jenni will be working with us for a few hours a week until the end of December. She is providing staff training, assessment of individual pupils and group and individual therapy. If you would like to find out more about this exciting project, please contact Mrs Light-Rudland.