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 The aims of Arboretum Primary School are guided by the Code of Practice for Special Needs and Disabilities and link with these key values:

  • To reach high levels of achievement for all
  • To be an inclusive school
  • To ensure the identification of all pupils requiring SEND provision as early as possible in their school career
  • To meet individual needs through a wide range of provision
  • To attain high levels of satisfaction and participation from pupils, parents and carers
  • To share a common vision and understanding with all stakeholders
  • To give transparent resourcing to SEND
  • To provide curriculum access for all
  • To work towards inclusion in partnership with other agencies and schools
  • To achieve a level of staff expertise to meet pupil need


We recognise that many pupils will have special needs at some time during their school life. In implementing this policy, we believe pupils will be helped to overcome their difficulties.




Definitions of special education needs taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

A child has special educational needs if he or she has learning difficulties that call for special educational provision to be made.


A child has learning difficulties if he or she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.

  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders the child from making use of educational facilities of a kind provided for children of the same age in other schools within the Local Authority.  


Arboretum Primary School values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils, and is committed to providing each pupil with the best possible environment for learning.  



Our SEND Policy reinforces the need for teaching that is fully inclusive. The Governing Body will ensure that appropriate provision will be made for all pupils with SEND.



See below for a link to our SEND Information Report which has been written within the context of the Governors’ aims and objectives, which they summarise in the mission statement. There are key questions that hopefully answer any queries you may have about our provision.


This report is part of the Derby City Council Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).



Arboretum Primary School is committed to providing an environment that enables full curriculum access that values and includes all pupils, staff, parents and visitors regardless of their education, physical, sensory, social, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs. For information on how this is done, please see the school’s Accessibility Plan.



Our SENCo is Mrs Linnecor. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Linnecor via the school office 01332 291140 or email 





All local councils must publish their Local Offer detailing the provision available for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or Disabilities between the ages of 0 and 25.

The Local Offer is available to everyone, including those without and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

The Local Offer can help you to find out more about the support and services that your child can get.

It will tell you:

• who to contact to find out more information

• how to contact them.

You can find the local offer on Derby City Council’s website:




For more information about how to get help and support your child, see "Special educational needs and disabilities: a guide for parents and carers".