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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

“Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Children have a learning difficulty or disability if they: –

Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or

Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in school.”

Ed. Act 1998 SEND Code of Practice, Section 312


Our School SEND Offer

Bishop Winnington-Ingram Church of England Primary School is an inclusive school. We ensure all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, physical ability or educational needs. The School Offer along with the Local Offer and SEND Policy and Information Report are intended to give you information regarding the ways we support and challenge all of our pupils, including those with SEND, so they can reach their full potential. Every child is unique and therefore our provision is regularly reviewed to meet the changing requirements for individual children.

Children are identified as having SEND if their progress slows or stops despite high quality teaching and scaffolding alongside targeted interventions which have been put in place. Once this occurs, we identify the specific need and create an individual support plan in collaboration with the child and their parents/carers. Children’s views are critical in ensuring the right provision is put in place to meet their needs.  We will liaise with external agencies to help support the child’s development and accelerate progress if required. We work hard to ensure that reasonable adjustments are made to overcome barriers to learning. We have good relationships with external agencies including;


  • Educational Psychologist Service
  • Speech and Language Therapist (SALT)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Physiotherapist
  • Child Development Centre - Hillingdon Hospital
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • SEND Advisory Service


Other useful documents such as our SEND policy, our SEND information report and our Accessibility Plan are available under the Policies section.

EHCP Applications

If your child has a statement of special educational needs or an EHCP your child will be admitted to our school if BWI is the named school. If your child has special educational needs but no statement or EHCP you should apply using the usual process. If you would like to talk to someone about your child’s needs before you apply you can contact us at the school office. Call us on 01895 633520 or email

Hillingdon Local Offer

At Bwi Primary School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. Not all pupils with disabilities have special educational needs and not all pupils with SEN meet the definition of disability but our policy all of these pupils.

Our school is committed to early identification of special educational need/s and adopts a graduated response to meeting those needs in line with the Code of Practice 2002. A range of evidence is collected through the usual assessment and monitoring arrangements: if this suggests that the pupil is not making the expected progress, the class teacher will consult with the SENDCo in order to decide whether additional and / or different provision is necessary.

Provision/action that is additional to or different from that available to all will be recorded in an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). This will often be written by the class teacher in conjunction with the SENDCo but always in consultation with pupils, parents, carers and other teachers. It may also involve consultation and advice from external agencies.

The ILP will be reviewed every term and the evaluations will be recorded by the class teacher. Pupils will participate fully in the review process according to their age and abilities. Parents / carers will also be invited to participate in the target-setting and review process.

If our school has evidence that a pupil is making insufficient progress despite significant support and intervention, we may seek further advice and support from outside professionals. These professionals will be invited to contribute to the monitoring and review of progress.  Pupils and parents will be fully involved and kept informed about the involvement of external agencies and proposed interventions.

For pupils who have Education and Health Care Plans (ECHP), as well as the review of their ILPs, their progress and the support outlined in their EHCP will be reviewed annually and a report provided for the Local Education Authority.

Please contact the school office if you would like to discuss your child needs.