Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our school values all pupils and celebrates diversity of experience, interest and achievement. All pupils need to experience praise, recognition and success, and pupils with SEND have equal entitlement to this.

Our school is committed to:

  • follow the graduated approach outlined in the DfE’s ‘SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years’
  • monitor the progress of all pupils to aid the earliest possible identification of SEND.

Our Graduated Approach

Quality First Teaching (QFT):

This is the essential foundation of all teaching, assessment, and intervention for all pupils.

  • Seeks to engage and support the learning of all children and young people.
  • Builds on pupils’ prior learning and responds appropriately to the ‘pupil voice’.
  • Builds from the skillful design of learning.
  • Is re-constructed as children and young people progress in their learning.
  • Involves a curriculum that is methodically constructed and renewed to deliver small and efficient steps of progression.
  • May need teacher directed class-based interventions.
Additional School Intervention and Support (ASI) (building on QFT):

An assessment and intervention process which is co-ordinated by the SENDCo working alongside other school staff. Interventions at this stage will be additional from and different to those provided through classroom support.

  • Teaching Assistants are trained to deliver a range of interventions to support pupil access to the curriculum. Provision maps identify which interventions are suitable for each pupil based on the area and level of need
  • Support for learning might include Teaching Assistants supporting pupils on a 1:1 basis and in small groups
External Support (ES):

Generally characterised by the school requesting the involvement of relevant external services in more detailed assessment and development of intervention programmes for a pupil. This level of intervention is for pupils with more complex and/or enduring difficulties and whose progress is considered insufficient, despite carefully planned interventions at the previous levels. If schools seek extra provision beyond their own resources, or an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan, there must be clear evidence that appropriate intervention has been put in place and reviewed at the previous levels of the graduated approach.

The graduated approach will support schools in meeting pupil’s needs by:

  • Establishing a clear assessment of the pupil’s needs.
  • Planning, with the pupil’s parents, the interventions and support to be put in place, as well as the expected impact on progress, development and behaviour, along with a clear date for review.
  • Implementing the interventions, with the support of the SENDCo.
  • Reviewing the effectiveness of the interventions and making any necessary revisions.

We make adaptations to ensure all pupils’ needs are met, some of these are listed below:

  • Differentiating our curriculum to ensure all pupils are able to access it, for example, by grouping, 1:1 work, teaching style, content of the lesson
  • Adapting our resources and staffing
  • Using recommended aids, such as laptops, coloured overlays, visual timetables, larger font.
  • Differentiating our teaching, for example, giving longer processing times, pre-teaching of key vocabulary, reading instructions aloud


Appointments can be made via the school office to meet with the DHT Inclusion/SENDCo, Mrs S Wady & SENDCo Assistant, Mrs K Daniels.