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

LAC/Post-LAC Contact

Designated Teacher with responsibility for Previously looked after children (Post LAC) and Looked after children (LAC) is Mrs S.Hibbert.

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?

ADD Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder
BESD Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties
CAF Common Assessment Framework
CAMHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service
COP Code of Practice
CP Child Protection
EAL English as an Additional Language
EHCP Educational Health Care Plan
EP Educational Psychologist
ESCO Early Support Care Coordination
EWO Education Welfare Officer
FSM Free School Meals
G&T Gifted and Talented
HI Hearing Impairment
IM Inclusion Manager
SEN Support Special Educational needs Support
KS Key Stage
LAC Looked After Child
LEA Local Education Authority
MLD Moderate Learning Difficulty
NC National Curriculum
OT Occupational Therapist
PSA Parent Support Advisor
SaLT Speech & Language Therapy
SEMH Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SEND Special Educational Needs & Disability
SENCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty
STT Specialist Teaching Team
VI Visual Impairment