In Stockport’s early years settings, schools and colleges approximately one in six children and young people have an identified special educational need or a disability. We want the very best possible outcomes for our children and young people in Stockport and this guidance is designed to support colleagues in meeting their needs.
One of the key principles in Stockport, and reinforced through the SEND Code of Practice 2014, is that, where possible, children and young people should attend mainstream schools in their local area and should be encouraged to feel part of their local community. The aspiration for all learners is that their needs are identified early and that any required adjustments, intervention or support are provided at the earliest opportunity. The aim is to support educational attainment and to ensure that the children and young people develop the ability to live independently, to work and be resilient and confident members of the community.
Settings and schools work extremely hard and are skilled in supporting a wide range of youngsters with additional and complex needs. The children and young people are also supported in Stockport by well-regarded council and local health services, including the inclusion services, the Children and Young People’s Disability Partnership services and Stockport Family.
This guidance has been developed with a wide range of services and in consultation with parents and young people. It is hoped that it will provide advice and guidance to help settings and schools continue to build and enhance their offer for some of our most vulnerable learners. Inclusive provision supported by skilled, knowledgeable and caring staff is vital to ensure the best possible outcomes for each and every one of our children and young people.
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