Special Educational Needs & Disabilities School Offer

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All children deserve a fair start in life and the Academy is committed to giving every student the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our aim is to offer a broad, balanced curriculum personalised to the needs of every student.  Some students will need additional support to grow as successful, confident learners, this support will not be limited by background, gender, age, race or culture.  The Academy is committed to inclusive learning and we will meet the needs of all students identified with a special educational need or disability, firstly through high quality teaching, then if necessary through targeted support and intervention.

What does special educational needs & disabilities mean?

Definitions of special educational needs (SEN) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014

A child or you person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

a) Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of the others of the same age; or

b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or

b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.

Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

The coalition government reformed the way in which provision and support is made for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in England. New legislation (The Children and Families Act 2014) enacted on the 13th March came into force from the 1st September 2014. A new SEN Code of Practice also accompanies this legislation. More details about the reforms and the SEN Code of Practice can be found on the Department for Education’s website:

www.education.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/sen

One significant change arising from the reforms is that Statements of Special Educational Needs, for those children with the most complex needs, have now been replaced with a new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. These plans are being supported by an Education, Health and Care Plan Pathway. You can view an animation describing this new pathway on Nottinghamshire’s SEND Local Offer website:

www.nottinghamshire.sendlocaloffer.org.uk

This information is also available by putting the above web address into the browser of a smart phone or tablet.

The SEND Local Offer is a resource, which is designed to support children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families. It describes the services and provision that are available both to those families in Nottinghamshire that have an Education, Health and Care Plan and those who do not have a plan, but still experience some form of special educational need. The SEND Local Offer includes information about public services across education, health and social care, as well as those provided by the private, voluntary and community sectors.

The help available

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High-quality provision in mainstream lessons is the most important factor in helping pupils with SEND make good progress alongside their peers. The Academy has developed whole school provision maps which list the approaches to be used by teachers to help overcome barriers to learning faced by some students.

However if additional support is required then there are three levels of intervention for students:

SEN Aware Support:

Children who are SEN Aware will require a little extra support in one or more area of special educational needs to make progress. All students who are SEN Aware will have a pupil passport. Students at this level of support are able to make progress through differentiation in the classroom.

SEN Support:

Children requiring SEN Support will require extra intervention and support that goes beyond classroom adjustments. These students will all receive support from a SEND mentor, will have termly SEND reviews, will have a regularly updated pupil passport and may also have extra classroom support, intervention sessions or other provision.

A student may receive SEND support due to needs in any area of special needs or disabilities.

Education, Health and Care Plan (formerly statements)

A very small number of children with severe and complex needs may require support through an Education, Care and Health Plan. If a child has lifelong or significant difficulties they will undergo a Statutory Assessment Process which is usually requested by the school but can also be requested by the parent.  This will occur where the complexity of need or lack of clarity around the needs of the child are such that a multi-agency approach to assessing that need and planning provision is required.  

The special needs of most students can be met effectively through action taken by the Academy.  Nottinghamshire County Council also provides specialist support through placement in special schools, some of which are residential, and enhanced mainstream schools - schools which have been specially equipped to support children with particular needs.

Specific help might also include specialist equipment, such as an adapted computer or software, a modified lesson plan, a hearing loop or an adjustable desk, input from specialist support services, such as speech and language therapists, mental health services, teachers with specialist knowledge, skilled job coaches, advice on mobility and getting around, or training for children and young people on managing their own behaviour and improving their social skills and understanding.

Local Authority Support

The local authority are providing some supportive programmes for parents in the Mansfield Woodhouse Area on a range of subjects. Please find attached their latest offer. Additionally, you can find all support available in your area in the Local Authority’s ‘Local Offer’ page which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Local Offer

Further Information

The Academy's Deputy SENCo, Anna Barker will be more than happy to discuss individual care and support needs with you.

The Governor with specific responsibility for SEND is Jeff Sale

Nottinghamshire County Council has further information on their website http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/special-educational-needs/

Click on the following link to see the Academy's SEND policy. 

Manor Academy SEND policy

This policy should be read in conjunction with the SEND Information Report which also contains our school offer.

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