Our Intent:

At Oxhey First school, our aim is to ensure all children are supported in order that they may work confidently towards reaching their full potential. We strongly believe in the role of Quality First Teaching and curriculum entitlement for all children, regardless of their ability or background. We intend to identify needs swiftly, remove barriers to learning and raise levels of progress and achievement.  Working in partnership with families and a range of external agencies is key to achieving this.
Our SENDCo is Mrs E Holt.

Please see the links below to access more information on the Local Offer (external agency support) and our school Information Report and SEND Policy.

Local Offer:

Send Information Report:

OXHEY CFLP information report Spring 2024

Send Policy:

SEND policy 2024 Oxhey -final

What does the term Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) mean?

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age;
  • or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

Definition taken from the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice: for 0-25 years (2014).


What are the SEND Areas of Need?

The 2014 SEND Code of Practice (reviewed January 2015) outlines four broad areas of special educational need that include a range of difficulties and conditions:

  • Communication and Interaction Needs
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs
  • Cognition and Learning Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

While many children and young people have difficulties that fit clearly into one of these areas, some have needs that span two or more areas. For others, the precise nature of their need may not be clear at the outset. Please see the details listed on the diagram below to identify which special needs are listed under which broad area of need.

East Preston Infant School - The Four Broad Areas of Need

What is SEND provision?

Special educational provision is
educational or training provision that
is additional to or different from that
made generally for others of the same
age, i.e. provision that goes beyond the
differentiated approaches and learning
arrangements normally provided as part
of high-quality, personalised teaching.


Quick guide to the SEND Code of Practice:



Online safety for pupils with SEND

O2 forges first operator partnership with NSPCC to tackle child safety

Being online can be positive for children and young people, including those with additional needs. So much of our communication now happens online, either by messages, in a game or through a video call. The link to the NSPCC website below gives parents and carers a wealth of tips on how to keep their children safe online and to ensure they receive positive experiences when accessing the internet.


To find out more about the 4 broad areas of SEND need and how your child may be supported, please click on the tabs below.