At Woodlands Academy we strive to ensure that every child enjoys learning and reaches their full potential. We promote a ‘whole school approach’ which involves all staff adopting a model of high quality inclusive practise. We are careful to ensure that all children have the same entitlement to the full range of the school curriculum; we are inclusive in our practice and appropriate accessibility is assured through differentiation and by adopting a range of teaching and learning strategies which cater for individual learning styles.

All teachers teach children with special educational needs and identify education needs at an early stage. Most needs can be met through quality classroom teaching but some children will require further support in addition to this. The school will provide a variety of support for children with SEN. This may include 1 to 1 intervention and group work. The school will also access external agencies when appropriate to enhance provision.

The needs of pupils vary in many ways and although they are referred to specifically as: Cognition and Learning; Social and Communication; Social, Mental, Emotional and Health; Physical and/or Sensory we are committed to ensuring that all children receive specific and targeted support to meet their individual needs effectively.

Please be assured that we strive to uphold open, honest, supportive and effective principles that ensure your child’s needs are being met to affect inclusion, engagement, enjoyment and success at school.

All parents should feel confident that their child’s progress is being carefully monitored. If staff feel additional support would be helpful for a pupil – either because they are exceptionally able or because they are experiencing difficulties in a particular area – we will consult you at an early stage. We strongly believe in early intervention to address the needs of individual children and our SENCO is available via appointment each week.

Our school building is fully accessible for pupils with a physical disability; it is on a flat site with easy access to wheelchairs and there are disabled toilet facilities.
Every teacher has the responsibility for children with SEN in their class. The SEN co-ordinator is the person responsible in ensuring this support meets the needs of the children and provides support and advice to teachers and parents where required. The SEN Governor liaises with the SEN co-ordinator and monitors the work of the school regarding SEN provision and reports to the full governing body.

The school has access to several external agencies that can provide additional support. Where a need has been identified by the parents and/or by the school, the SEN co-ordinator will seek advice and support from the appropriate agency in order to meet the needs of the child.

Special Education Needs Information Report – 25th April 2016

Special Education Needs Policy

Special Education Needs Local Offer – to be added shortly