SENCO Surgery

This will take place termly and gives the opportunity for any parent/carer to come into the school and discuss any aspect of Special Educational Needs and Disability with Mrs Bhella - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Please email or telephone 0121 783 7232 (option 3) to book an appointment. If the day allocated is not convenient please get in touch and we can arrange a different day / time.


Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report (SEND Code of Practice 2014)


Parent Link Officer Service

Special Educational Needs Information Report

Reviewed September 2021

Special Educational Needs Information Report

(Academic Year 2021 to 2022)

The school's SEND information report sets out what we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education. This report should be read with the SEND Policy.


St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school which offers a range of provision to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.


You can find the Birmingham Local Offer at



Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act aims to reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs.   The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Act has extended the SEN system from birth to 25, given children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met.  It has taken forward the reform programme set out in Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by:

  • Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with the birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need.

  • Improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together.

  • Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people, and parents/carers in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support. 

What is the Local Offer?

  • The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy-to-understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

  • The Birmingham Local Offer was published in September 2014 and has been reviewed since. It aims to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how schools will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.  This document outlines how St Bernadette’s Primary School intends to demonstrate its local offer to support children with SEND.