Students with educational needs are catered for in a mainstream setting and fully participate in the National Curriculum, throughout their secondary education. Students are placed on the SEN Register under the category of SEN Support if they have provision that is additional to or different from the usual curriculum, in accordance with The Code of Practice (DfE and DoH, 2015). When placed on the register, students will be placed into one of the four categories of need:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Support is offered in the classroom through a differentiated curriculum, small teaching groups or in-class support. Using the graduated approach, students’ progress is monitored by subject teachers. Where little or no progress is made, despite reasonable adjustments, the SENDCo will then become involved with regards to assessing for any underlying additional needs and, if necessary, referral to outside agencies.
Accessibility within the Academy is via lifts, ramps and handrails which allow our students with profound mobility difficulties to access the building.
Those students who have an Education Health Care Plan from the Local Authority will receive reviews of the outcomes detailed within their plan. We encourage the student and the family to be present at the review meeting in order to ensure that aspirations and expectations are high and to guarantee that the review is person-centred in its approach.
Students are treated equally and fairly as we offer a curriculum that stretches and develops all students to the best of their ability. The school ensures that staff are aware of the needs of all students who may be placed upon the SEN Register and we endeavour to cater for every student. A condensed copy of the school’s Special Educational Needs Policy, which adheres to the Code of Practice (2015) and conforms to the relevant sections of the Children and Families Act (2014), is available on request from the Principal’s Personal Assistant.