Our Lady of Lourds

St Norbert's
Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Special Educational Needs


Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at St Norbert’s Catholic Voluntary School.


SEND Policy 

SENCO Contact

SEN Co-ordinator at school:  Mrs J. Withers, 01775 722889 or email jenna.withers@st-norberts.lincs.sch.uk.

LAC/Post-LAC Contact

Designated Teacher with responsibility for Previously looked after children (Post LAC) and Looked after children (LAC) is Mrs S.Hibbert. sarah.hibbert@st-norberts.lincs.sch.uk


Lincolnshire Virtual School


01522 550274

Statutory Guidance


Our SEND Vision:

At St. Norbert’s we believe that all children have the right to accessing a broad and balanced curriculum.  We recognise that many children will experience special educational needs at some point during their school life as there are many factors which may contribute to a child experiencing difficulty in learning.  We are committed to working in collaboration with parents to ensure the needs of all children are met.

Definition of SEN: Department for Health & Education, January 2015 ‘Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of practice

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 which is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.

Aims of SEND provision at St Norbert’s Primary School:

All children are given equal access to the curriculum and that each child’s achievements are valued.

We identify and assess children with SEND as early as possible.

All procedures for identifying children with SEND are known by everyone. There is involvement of the parents and child at every stage.

We provide differentiation within a balanced and broad curriculum, in a way which supports children with SEND. 

Records follow the child through the school which are clear, factual and up to date. 

We raise staff awareness and expertise through INSET and other CPD opportunities

There is adequate resourcing for SEN.

We maintain close links with the support services, other schools and agencies.

As of September 2014, all schools will be required to publish details of its SEN Information Report, detailing support for pupils with special educational needs and/or a disability to compliment the Lincolnshire Local Authority Local Offer.  The Local Offer has two key purposes:

To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the available provision and how to access it; and

To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled children and those with SEN and service  providers in its development and review.

Below are details of the current school offer at St Norbert’s Primary School and the Local Offer for Lincolnshire. 

St Norbert's Local Offer 2022/2023

Lincolnshire Local Offer for SEN and Disability

Liase: SEND Information Advice and Support Service in Lincolnshire

Liase provides advice and support on a range of issues including;

Special Educational Needs and Disability law

Local SEN and disability policy and procedures

Resolving disagreements

Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs and assessment plans

Personal Budgets

Local Offer

SEN and disability support in schools

Schools admissions and exclusions

Who can refer?

Parents, Carers, Guardians

Young People



Useful Links


Information Advice and Support Services Network


Minimum Standards



Look out for other information through leaflets which will be displayed around school.

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum

Please look at and explore the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum which is there to support you:


Who are we?

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum is the official independent parent carer forum in Lincolnshire.

We represent parents and carers of children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN).

We are largely parents and carers of children (of all ages) who have a wide range of disabilities and SEN

We aim to improve the quality, range and accessibility of services for families with children that have disabilities and SEN.

We are committed and determined to make sure parents and carers views are heard

We represent your needs and views with Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS) and other service providers.

Help service providers with their planning and development of services informed by feedback and experiences from parents and carers

Promote best practice. 

What do some of the acronyms that I see mean? 


Attention Deficit Disorder


Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder


Autistic Spectrum Disorder


Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties


Common Assessment Framework


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service


Code of Practice


Child Protection


English as an Additional Language


Educational Health Care Plan


Educational Psychologist


Early Support Care Coordination


Education Welfare Officer


Free School Meals


Gifted and Talented


Hearing Impairment


Inclusion Manager

SEN Support

Special Educational needs Support


Key Stage


Looked After Child


Local Education Authority


Moderate Learning Difficulty


National Curriculum


Occupational Therapist


Parent Support Advisor


Speech & Language Therapy


Social, Emotional and Mental Health


Special Educational Needs & Disability


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator


Specific Learning Difficulty


Specialist Teaching Team


Visual Impairment


 Useful Resources

St Norbert's Valuing SEND Document

LPCF Brochure 2021