SEN Policy

Special Educational Needs Policy

This policy statement has been written with regard to:

  • statutory requirements and the SEN Code of Practice Jan 2002
  • SEND Code of Practice 2014
  • Sunderland LA’s SEND policy and Guidelines for the Identification of SEN.
  • Sunderland LA’s strategies for Inclusion
  • the aims of the Link School
  • The Link School’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

Principles and Objectives

As a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion, The Link School is committed to ensuring that the necessary provision is made for every learner in our school community. The Link School is passionate about inclusive education and, with a strong focus on partnership working, strives to meet the needs of learners who have a special educational need, disability, learning difficulty or are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

A child is defined as having SEND if he or she has a learning difficulty, which calls for a special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to learners of the same age or, that the child has a disability, which hinders them from making use of educational facilities from those generally provided by schools for children of the same age, within the same area.

The Code of Practice (2014) states that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals, living fulfilling lives, and
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood whether into employment, further or higher education or training.

The Code of Practice also provides an overview of the range of needs which is divided into 4 broad areas:

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

You can read our full SEN Policy by downloading the PDF below.   SEN Policy – PDF


Link School Tudor Grove, Portland Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR3 1SS

Tel: 0191 562 3200
Fax: 0191 562 3201

Link School Pallion, Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 562 3126