Special Educational Needs & Disabilities
Welcome to our SEND information page. Hopefully you will find everything that you need.
At Hartside we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEN.
At Hartside, Mr Shawn Laws is the Designated Teacher for Looked after Children who works closely with Mrs Fernandes, the SENCO, to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN.
At Hartside we ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Fernandes.
Our Special Educational Needs Governor is Mrs Hanlon.
If you would like to speak to her or arrange a meeting then you should contact the school.
For more about Special Educational Needs you can download the following documents...
Additional policies related to children with SEND, can be found in the policies section of our website.
Click on the relevant jigsaw piece in the diagram below to find out more information.
The Local Offer
The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child. To find out more about the Local Offer follow the link:
Durham Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partnership Service)
Durham SEND IASS provides confidential information, advice and support for parents/carers of children with SEND and children and young people themselves. It is a free and impartial local service, enabling all involved to make informed choices and decisions with confidence. Follow the link to the service to find out more information and to get in touch: