”We work hard to develop children’s confidence and self-esteem and provide an exciting curriculum to develop their physical, artistic, practical and social skills”.
Federation SENCO: Mr Stuart Ridge
We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
Definitions of special educational needs (SEN) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
A child or you person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.
A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.
Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.
Under the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) schools and settings are required to produce a SEN information report known as a Local Offer. This needs to be published on the school’s website, kept up-to-date with changes and revised at least annually.
Ark Federation Special Educational Needs Offer (Information for Parents)
Please see our ARK SEN Information Report – Beer – Autumn 2018
Kinds of Special Educational Needs that are provided for at The Ark Federation.
The school provides support for pupils across the four areas of need as laid out in the SEND Code of Practice 2014:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and/or physical needs
Pupils needing long-term additional help to access the curriculum are helped within ‘SEND support’, and given an EHCP if appropriate.
The Ark Federation is committed to the early identification of children with needs which are additional to or different from their peers. It is widely recognised that identifying need at the earliest point and then providing good interventions, improves long-term outcomes for the child or young person. When a child is not making adequate progress despite high quality first teaching we will investigate the reasons for this and identify potential barriers to learning.
For our commonly asked questions, please click on a question below:
How do we identify children with SEND?
What should I do if I think my child may have SEND?
The Ark Federation SENDCo is Mr S Ridge.
School office phone numbers:
All Saints Primary School, Axminster. (01297 32761)
Beer Primary School. (01297 20077)
SEND provision is educational provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for others of the same age. This means provision that goes beyond the differentiated approaches and learning arrangements normally provided as part of high quality first teaching. Schools must use their best endeavours to deliver the right provision to meet the child’s special educational needs.
How will the school support my child?
Who will oversee and plan my child’s support?
Reviewing a child’s progress is key to being able to provide continuing effective support for a child. The review process will take into account the views of everyone involved in working with the child including the parent/carer and the child themselves.
Who will monitor the progress of my child?
How are these services accessed?
How will the school support my child’s transition to a new class or school?
How accessible is the school site?
Our Accessibility Plan can be viewed here.
The services and provision that The Ark Federation can currently offer are detailed in the following documents:
Below is a link to our SEN policy and provision map:
Devon’s Local Offer
Devon’s Local Offer for SEND provides clear, up-to-date information on the services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The local offer covers provision for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services and how to access them.
Further information on SEND can also be accessed at the following web address:
More details about the reforms and the SEN Code of Practice can be found on the Department for Education’s website: