SEND and Mental Health
Welcome to Cedar Park Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Mental Health Page.
What is SEND?
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (often referred to as ‘SEN’ or ‘SEND’) is a term used to describe learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for a child to learn compared to children of the same age.
All children may experience challenges with their learning at some point and for most children, these difficulties can be overcome with support from school and home. However, children with SEND are likely to need extra or different help to be able to learn.
At Cedar Park we have an inclusive approach which supports all students to be able to engage in their learning and all other aspects of school life, irrespective of their needs.
My name is Mrs Harper and I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at Cedar Park School. I can be contacted through the school office at email@example.com or you can call me on 01494 711918
Useful documents and links
- SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf (publishing.service.gov.uk)
- Jargon Buster - SEND Family Support (sendfs.co.uk)
- SEND-Station (sendstation.co.uk)
- Find activities and organisations near you | Family information service | Buckinghamshire Council
- Children and young people's therapies - Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust - CYP Website (buckshealthcare.nhs.uk)
- EHC needs assessments | Buckinghamshire Council
Opening Up the Curriculum for ALL Children
Mental Health Support at Cedar Park
We are supported by the Bucks Mental Health Team. They provide the school with advice and signposting for additional help. They also do open surgeries and parental workshops.
We have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant in school. She works on a 1:1 basis with individual children who have identified worries, including self-esteem issues and friendship concerns.
Mrs Harper is the Senior Mental Health lead in school and she is always looking for ways to support all our children, parents and teaching team.
We are part of the BCC Mental Health Trailblazer project. We have received training and advice on ways of supporting pupils in school.
Some of our Year 6 children are Agents for Change. These children work with the school leadership to ensure the school is a bullying free zone and also work with children and adults on how to deal with prejudice related incidents.
Year 5 children have been trained as Peer Mediation support. The children help to resolve disputes within play and help children find solutions when they don’t agree with each other.
You may find the following information and reading list useful when supporting your child's mental health at home.
At Cedar Park, we put the wellbeing and mental health of children and adults above anything. You will see from this document just some of the things we do to ensure we have happy, safe and successful pupils, staff and parents.