Parents who believe their child may have special educational needs (SEN) should seek advice and guidance from their child’s teacher or headteacher. It may be necessary to assess a child’s needs to determine whether additional special help should be made available. Parents are involved at all stages of this process. The majority of children with special educational needs will have their needs met by their school. The local authority and schools are guided by the government’s Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs. The code and an accompanying guide for parents may be obtained free of charge from the Department for Education, Publications Centre.
For a small number of children a specialist facility is required to meet the child’s needs. Ealing has a range of schools and units which cater for children with severe and moderate learning difficulties, severe speech and language difficulties, complex social communication difficulties including autistic spectrum disorder, hearing difficulties and physical disabilities. Ealing’s Special Educational Needs Policy has adopted the principle of local high quality provision with the intention that more distant provision will only be used in exceptional circumstances.
Statement of Special Educational Needs
Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs that name a school in the statement are required to be admitted to the school that is named.
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs the Special Education Section of the local authority will provide you with information about schools within the borough and, on request, they will provide a list of independent schools approved by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, mainstream schools and special schools in other local authorities. If you wish to apply to a voluntary-aided school, you should also complete the school’s additional information form, which is required to assess denominational commitment.
Primary Support Bases are attached to mainstream schools. They cater for small groups of young children in either reception year, Year 1 or Year 2 who have a range of learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Specialist resources are used by teachers who carry out on-going assessment of pupils.
The following primary schools have a Primary Support Base:
Coston Primary School
Oldfield Lane South, Greenford UB6 9JU
Tel: (020) 8578 1515
Age range 4-7 years
Drayton Green Primary School
Drayton Grove, Ealing W13 0LA
Tel: (020) 8997 2307
Age range 4-7 years
What other specialist bases are there?
The hearing impaired base caters for nursery and primary aged children with hearing difficulties and is based at:
Gifford Primary School
Greenhill Gardens, Northolt UB5 6BU
Tel: (020) 8845 4661
The speech and language base caters for primary aged pupils with speech and language difficulties and is based at:
St John’s Primary School
Felix Road, West Ealing W13 0NY
Tel: (020) 8567 6251
The severe learning difficulties base caters for primary aged pupils with severe learning difficulties and is based at:
Allenby Primary School
Allenby Road, Southall UB1 2HX
Tel: (020) 8578 6636