Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Who to talk to

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact our SEND co-ordinator (SENDCo) - Miss Oriole Harris - SEND@walliscote.extendlearning.org

Contact your local council if your child is not in a school or nursery.

Your local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service can give you advice about SEND.

Please go to SEN Information Report January 2022 to find out about specific SEND provision here at Walliscote. 

ELAN SEND and Inclusion Policy 2022-23

DFE SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 years (January 2015)

Any queries, concerns or complaints about SEND provision by parents or carers should initially be raised informally, whether by e-mail, letter or a telephone conversation with the school’s SENDCo. The SENDCo will investigate and use reasonable endeavours to follow up with the parent/carer within five school days from receiving the complaint. If this contact does not resolve the matter, parents/carers should follow the formal process, as set out in our complaints policy and procedure.

You may find speaking with your local information, advice and support service helpful. This body is independent of the local authority and can provide impartial advice about the law on SEND, local SEND arrangements and support for your child’s needs. 

Useful Links

To find out about North Somerset's local offer for SEND, please click on this link:


Contact a Family - for families with disabled children - https://www.supportiveparents.org.uk/ 

 North Somerset Parent Carers working together - https://www.nspcwt.org/