Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability

and the New Code of Practice

On 1st September 2014, the Government introduced the Children and Families Act 2014 which clearly describes how children and young people with SEND and their parents should be supported.  This new law has meant the biggest change in SEND for 30 years with different professionals expected to work more closely together to ensure the needs of children and young people with SEND and their parents receive the support they need.  Children, young people and their parents will also have a say in the support and services on offer in their local area. This is called the local offer and can be viewed here.

Long Mead Community Primary School, as part of the Tonbridge Federation, is committed to ensure these changes are made in consultation with children, parents, staff and Governors.  We have already held consultations with parents who have children with SEND at both Long Mead and Hugh Christie Schools and have drafted the SEND Policy based upon feedback from these meetings.  You can view the SEND Policy here.  This document will be presented to the Governing Body as soon as possible for approval before a final version being made available through the website.


Paul Bargery, as Federation SENCO leads Special Educational Needs support at Long Mead.  If you wish to discuss any aspect of SEND with him, please contact him at the school on 01732 350601 or by email on pbargery@tonbridgefederation.co.uk 

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