Special Educational Needs

What is Special Educational Needs?

Children and young people have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Special Educational Provision means:

  • For children of two or over, educational or training provision which is additional to or different from, that made generally for children or young people of the same age by  mainstream schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers.
  • for children under two, educational provision of any kind.


Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010.

The definition of disability is:

‘… a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Equality duties- please see our Accessibility Policy

What is an EHC Plan?

An EHC Plan is an Education Health & Care Plan- it has replaced ‘Statements’

Schools consider requesting an EHC Plan where children continue to fail to make expected progress despite interventions and support from outside agencies.

Forton co-operates with Lancashire Education Authority by providing information regarding a pupil’s education in order to make an assessment.

Governing Body Responsibilty

The governors of Forton Primary School have a statutory duty for SEND this is set out in the Governors’ Handbook.

Governors have regard to 0-25 SEND Code of Practice when carrying out its duties for pupils with SEND.

Forton Primary School has a SEND governor- Mrs Barbara Drayton but the governors as a whole retain overall responsibility.

The headteacher has overall responsibility for implementtation of the school’s SEND policy.

The SENCO at Forton is Mrs Lorna Boase.

The SENCo has responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the SEND policy and co-ordinating provision for pupils with SEND including those with EHC Plans.

Governors receive reports and presentations on a regular basis.

At Forton Primary our SEND cohorts are small so we do not publish information as it may identify our pupils.


At Forton we endeavour to identify pupil’s SEND early. Support is routinely put in place for identified pupils. Our staff have the knowledge, understanding and skills to provide the right support but where this does not have the desired effect we liaise with other agencies promptly.

We have high aspirations for all our pupils and continually adapt our approach to learning and daily school life to meet their needs. We work in conjunction with the pupils themselves and their parents to ensure their opinions are included in our procedures and policies.

SEND Policy 2018

Local Offer 2018

SEND Information Report

Here is a link to Lancashire Education Authority’s Local Offer for SEND


Please see the above flyer for LEA services and policies.