Butlers Court School

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SEND Policy

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Butlers Court School is Mrs Sarah Cantwell-Wilkinson who can be contacted through the school office. 01494 673538.

A Parents/Carers guide to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Encouraging Success, Celebrating Achievement


Butlers Court School Special Educational Needs (Information) Regulation Annual Report for 2021-22

Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Buckinghamshire Local Offer for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The type of SEND provision that Butlers Court School caters for is an inclusive, broad and balanced education serving the varied needs of children in our catchment area. We recognise that the needs of all our pupils are different and therefore the special educational needs of each child are different.

Butlers Court School’s Policy

Butlers Court School’s policy (including pupils who do and do not have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHC) for:

  • Identifying and assessing pupils with SEND:
    • Liaison with feeder nurseries
    • Child performing below age expected levels
    • Concerns raised by parent
    • Concerns raised by class teacher
    • Diagnosis by external agencies
    • Advice from external agencies

We adhere to the statutory SEND Code of Practice 2014 when identifying special needs which defines SEN as follows:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or a disability which calls for special education provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  1. has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others the same age, or
  2. has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16s institutions.”


  • Assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with SEND:
    • Progress against individual targets is measured regularly with teachers, teaching assistants and the SENDco and provision maps adjusted accordingly
    • We follow the graduated approach to learning ‘Plan, Do, Assess, and Review’.


  • Types of need of pupils with SEND:

The children with SEND who attend Butlers Court have needs which fit into the four broad areas of need as outlined by the SEND Code of Practice 2014 which are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs. We also support the medical needs of children which can affect their education.

Please see Butlers Court School’s SEND policy can be found here:

Furthermore the Butlers Court School’s Supporting Pupils with Medicines in School policy can be found here:

Butlers Court School’s Approach to Teaching

Butlers Court School approach for teaching pupils with SEND (including pupils who do and do not have an EHC plan):

  • By adapting the curriculum and learning environment:
    • The use of Quality First teaching practice to effectively differentiate the curriculum to meet the varied needs of children and make reasonable adjustments as appropriate to meet the needs of all pupils.


  • With additional support for learning:
    • Appropriate provision is planned, this may be specific individual  targets or small group work


  • Through activities that are available to pupils with SEND in addition to those available through the curriculum:
    • Access to programmes devised by external agencies as appropriate


  • Through improving the emotional and social development of pupils with SEND:
    • All children have access to quality first personal, social, health and citizenship education and systems are in place to ensure children are supported socially and emotionally


  • We ensure that all of our children including children with SEND are treated equally, fairly and with the same opportunities during their time at Butlers Court school:
  • We do this by ensuring that all our staff members are aware of the needs of our children and appropriate arrangements are in place to allow for this
  • We follow our school’s anti bullying policy please follow link here:  
  • We carefully follow advice given to us from professionals and other agencies to ensure that children with SEND are appropriately supported
  • Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled


Butlers Court School’s Facilities

Butlers Court School’s facilities to include pupils with SEND:

  • Reasonable adjustments are made to ensure that individual children have access to facilities and equipment under the guidance of specialist advisors such as specialist classroom equipment including table height adjustment
  • We endeavour to improve the physical environment for pupils with disabilities within the means of our school site to ensure that they are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities and services provided or offered by the school. These improvements include some ramp access to buildings.

Butlers Court School’s Training

Butlers Court School’s arrangement for training staff in relation to pupils with SEND:

  • Relevant training is provided for staff in order to support the varied needs of children including NASEN SENDco award, ELSA training, SALT and OT training.
  • Specialist expertise is obtained by Butlers Court School by engaging professional advice as necessary

Butlers Court School’s Consultation

Butlers Court School’s arrangements to consult with and involve:

  • Parents/carers of pupils with SEND about the education of their child:
    • Parents are kept fully informed about their child’s progress and their targets through support plans, parent consultation meetings and school reports and by the class teacher and SENDco
  • Children about their education:
    • Children are involved in their own target setting and review of learning

Butlers Court School’s Partnerships

  • Butlers Court School’s governing body involve other bodies (including health, social care, BCC support services, voluntary and community groups) to meet the needs of pupils with SEND by:
    • Following identification of need appropriate support services are located and engaged to support both children and their families


  • Butlers Court School’s arrangements for pupils with SEND transferring between other education providers:
    • Transition meetings and visits are arranged and supported between different education providers


  • Butlers Court School collaborates between the following education providers and other settings:
    • Local schools and nurseries
    • Pupil referral units
    • Specialist SEND schools and units


  • Butlers Court School communicates the contact details for the support listed above to pupils with SEND and their families by:
    • 1:1 discussions as appropriate

Admission Arrangements for Pupils with SEND

  • We follow the guidance regarding admissions for children with SEND given to us by Buckinghamshire LA.
  • We comply with section 69 (2) of the Children and Families Act 2014. By making reasonable adjustments for the admission of disabled pupils including the purchase of resources and equipment and facilities to access the school within our means considering our school layout.
  • The school has an up to date accessibility plan which is considered each year and whenever there is building work. Please follow the link to our accessibility policy here:


The School’s Key Contacts

The name and contact details of Butlers Court School’s SEND coordinator are:

Mrs Cantwell-Wilkinson  (NASENco Award)       01494 673538

The contact for compliments, concerns or complaints from parents of pupils with SEND is:

Mr Steve Butler.     01494 673538

Butlers Court School’s Complaints policy can be found here:

Butlers Court School’s link to the Bucks Local Offer is available at

The Bucks Local Offer provides information and advice on special educational needs and disability provision, both inside and outside the local authority. If you wish to contact Buckinghamshire county council about the Local Offer please call 08456884944 or email familyinfo@