Eythorne Elvington can cater for children identified within any of the four broad ‘areas of need’ which are:

  • Communication and Interaction (C&I)
  • Cognition and Learning (C&L)
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties (SEMH)
  • Sensory and Physical Needs (PD)

At Eythorne Elvington, we can make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need with or without an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan).  For instance dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language needs, Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC), ADHD, learning difficulties, hearing impairment and social or emotional difficulties.

There are other kinds of special educational need which do not occur as frequently and with which the school is less familiar, but we can access training and advice so that these kinds of needs can be met.

Eythorne Elvington is wheelchair accessible and has one disabled toilet. We ensure wherever possible that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.  All school provision and extra-curricular activities are available to all, including those with SEND.

Definition of SEN

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. 

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  1. Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
  2. Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions. SEN Code of Practice (2014, p 4)

Definition of disability

Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that 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.’  This definition provides a relatively low threshold and includes more children than many realise:

‘long-term’ is defined as ‘a year or more’ and ‘substantial’ is defined as ‘more than minor or trivial’ SEN Code of Practice (2014, p5)