The SEN department at Walthamstow Academy strives to ensure that every student with Special Educational Needs (SEN) reaches their full potential in school, and can make a successful transition to adulthood and the world of further and higher education, training or work.
We are a fully inclusive Academy who ensure that all students are treated equally and educated in mainstream classrooms alongside their peers.
We pride ourselves on the facilities we have available ranging from targeted, small-group intervention to a lift for the less mobile. Staff have access to an online platform which outlines the key strategies for each child with SEND, as well as more detailed Learning Plans for those who need them.
The platform is available to all staff at all times. A thorough transition from primary to secondary school takes place for every student ensuring that previously identified needs are understood in a high level of detail, with added screening on arrival to identify potential needs which may not have been formally recognised by that stage in the child’s education.
The SEN register is constantly reviewed by the SENCo and the Heads of Year throughout the academic year.
Students are categorised:
- N = No special educational need
- K = Support for students on Academy SEN register
- G = Students on a Graduated Approach Plan
- E = Students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Students categorised as K on the SEN register require some additional intervention/educational support by their class teachers to help the student access the curriculum. Strategies are shared on the SEN register which is updated termly, through co-planning sessions and through INSET on different groups.
Additionally students who are categorized as K may also have additional needs that need referral to an outside agency. Students will receive in-Academy support by class teachers; key worker 1-2-1 sessions and (where appropriate), mentoring.
Students categorised as ‘G’ (on a Graduated Approach Plan) are those students who the Academy feels are eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan. The Graduated Approach Plan outlines the needs of a child as recognised by an external agency, the strategies that all staff need to put into place, and any other additional interventions in place. The Academy will review the progress of students on a Graduated Approach Plan and apply for an EHCP after two terms of the intervention being put in place.
Students with an EHCP are assigned an LSA (Learning Support Assistant) for their lessons – this is not always full time. Education, Health and Care Plans usually support a student’s needs in order to develop their literacy, numeracy and social skills. A student with an EHCP has the support specified on their Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
An Education, Health and Care Plan student will have an IEP which staff understand, follow the guidance provided and are also very much part of the review of targets – assessing progress towards targets throughout the year. To ensure the optimum provision careful interventions are planned, for example: Literacy / numeracy intervention to improve literacy / numeracy skills, engagement in education, and self-esteem.
The Walthamstow Academy Special Educational Needs Policy can be found here
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