Bournville Village

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Criteria for Special Provision.  A Birmingham assessment of pupil’s level of need. Can be used to assess the funding required to meet pupil’s needs.


EHC plan 


Education health and care plan. A statutory document drawn up by the LA,    setting out the education, health and social care support to be provided to a child or young person with SEN or a disability.  Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments by April 2018


Graduated approach 


A four-part cycle for assessing, planning, delivering and reviewing provision for pupils with SEN




One-to-one training for children and young people with a vision impairment. It aims to develop their personal mobility, navigation and independent living skills.




Local authority




Learning difficulty assessment. A statutory document drawn up by the LA      describing the provision for a young person with SEN in post-16 education, training or higher education. Being replaced by EHC plans by April 2018


Local offer 


Sets out information about provision that the LA expects to be available in its area for children and young people with SEND. Published by the LA




A form of disagreement resolution for parents and young people considering appealing decisions about education, healthy and care (EHC) needs assessments and plans at the tribunal




Moderate learning difficulties




Describes the difference that will be made to an individual as a result of special educational and other provision. Must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (SMART)


Personal budget 


An amount of money requested by parents or young people for securing provision set out in an EHC plan. The budget, prepared by the LA, can be held directly by the parent or young person, or managed on their behalf by the LA, school or other organisation.




Profound and multiple learning difficulties


Pupil profile 


A non-statutory document setting out school-based support and interventions for a pupil with SEN. Other types of school-based plan, which may be used in  other settings, include IEPs, SEN support plans, pupil passports, and one-page profiles.




Speech and language therapy, sometimes speech and language therapist








Social, emotional and mental health difficulties




Special educational needs and disabilities. A pupil has SEN if he or she needs special educational provision due to a learning difficulty or disability (see special educational provision)


SEN         information report 


A document published on the school website, setting out the school’s provision for pupils with SEN


SEND policy 


Sets out the vision, values and aims of the school’s SEND arrangements. Is not necessarily a standalone document.


SEN support 


An overall term that refers to pupils needing special educational provision who do not have EHC plans. Replaces the previous categories of School Action (SA) and School Action Plus (SA+).




Special educational needs co-ordinator. The person in a school responsible for co-ordinating provision for pupils with SEND.




Special educational needs and disabilities.


SEND Code of Practice 


Statutory guidance (provided by the government) setting out the duties and responsibilities of organisations, including schools, in relation to children and young people with SEND.


SEND    resource base 


Specialist provision within a mainstream school, also known as an SEN unit or specialist resource base. If you feel your child could benefit from a resource base, our SENDCo can advise on this.




Speech and language communication needs.




Severe learning difficulties. Can also refer to speech and language difficulties.


Special   educational provision 


Provision to help pupils with SEN of disabilities access the curriculum that is different from or additional to the provision normally available to pupils of the same age.


Special school 


A school that is specifically organised to make special educational provision for pupils with SEND. A pupil requires an EHC plan to access this provision.




Specific learning difficulties. SpLD affect one or more particular aspects of learning. Examples include dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.




A statutory document drawn up by the LA describing the provision for a child or young person with SEN who is still at school. Being replaced by EHC plans by April 2018.


Top-up funding 


Additional funding available from the LA for pupils with high needs, i.e. those whose educational provision costs more than £6000 per year. Usually accessed through a CRISP and EHC assessment.


Transition planning 


Preparation for moves between phases of education or for adult life.




An independent body that determines appeals by parents or young people against LA decisions on EHC needs assessments and EHC plans, as well as claims of disability discrimination.