SENCo - The SENCo is the special educational needs coordinator in the school. Some schools use the title head of inclusion, director of inclusion or inclusion leader instead of SENCo.

School action - School action indicates that a student is receiving additional support. The SENCo will ensure that class teachers have relevant information, advice and strategies to support your child’s needs. The SENCo will monitor your child’s progress.

School action plus - School action plus indicates that a student is receiving additional support from both school and/or outside agencies, or that a student is receiving alternative curriculum arrangements within school. Your child’s progress will be regularly recorded and reviewed in partnership with you.

Statements of special educational needs - A very small number of children with significant learning difficulties or complex needs may have a statement of special educational needs. In the future these young people will have an education, health and care plan. Nationally it is less than 2%.

The statement is issued following a statutory assessment by the local authority. You do not need to assume that because your child has special educational needs that they necessarily need a statement.

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Individual Education Plans (IEPs) - Individual education plans may be written by the school SENCo in consultation with you, as parent/carers, your child and the other professionals involved.

They may comprise specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-limited (SMART) targets, and information about how the targets will be implemented, recorded and reviewed in school.

OfSTED - OfSTED is the agency responsible for the registration and inspection of childcare, social care and schools.

Provision map - A provision map is an 'at a glance' way of showing the range of provision a school makes for young people with additional needs, through staffing, peer support or specific teaching groups.

Review meetings - There are a number of different review meetings in schools: school action plus reviews, interim reviews and pupil centred annual reviews.

Young people are encouraged to take an active part in reviews, and families to ‘take ownership’ of the process.

Enhanced resource provision - A place where pupils with additional needs can access social or educational support.

Inclusion - The process by which schools respond to all pupils as individuals, removing barriers to progress.

Lead practitioner - The lead practitioner, in partnership with parent/carers, coordinates support for your child including any multi-agency meetings such as a Common Assessment Framework (CAF), where appropriate.

Pastoral staff - The staff in secondary schools who support pupils with social, emotional and behavioural needs, and will include form tutors and heads of year.