SEND Policy, Local Offer and Information Reports

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What is Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)?

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.   A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

• has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.

SEND at Nene Park Academy

At Nene Park we make every effort to ensure that reasonable adjustment is made for our SEND students so that they can access both curricular and extracurricular provision alongside their mainstream peers.  Within Nene Park we have two groups of SEND Students:

–  SEND students who have specific needs but can access mainstream lessons with support and differentiation.  These students have a variety of needs, some have Education Health and Care Plans but others will simply have a diagnosis of need.  Visually impaired students are catered for within the mainstream by a team of specific VI  teaching assistants.

–  Students in the Enhanced Resource Provision unit (ERP) for Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  These students have a differentiated curriculum and take part in some mainstream lessons but also have lessons within their own discrete lessons in our unit for Autistic Children.

SEND Students within the Mainstream

SEND students are supported mainly through effective differentiation within lessons.  Pastoral care is provided by house teams with the aim of maximising the opportunity for SEND students to be integrated as much as possible. Additional support is allocated according to need, with priority being given to those with EHCPs.  Support can take the form of TA support or one of the interventions outlined in the diagram below.

The Enhanced Provision Unit for Autistic Students

Students are placed in the ERP (Enhanced Resource Provision) through the local authority.  To gain a place within the ERP students must have; an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan) and have a diagnosis of autism.  Places are allocated via the local authority SEND panel.  There are 11 students placed in the ERP.

Students within the ERP have differentiated timetables which include as many mainstream lessons as possible.  They always have teaching assistant support when they are in mainstream lessons and will be withdrawn if at any point these lessons become over stimulating.

In addition to mainstream lessons ERP students have additional lessons on their timetable to assist them in overcoming the challenges they may face due to their autism, these include:

–  Emotional Literacy

–  Homework Lessons

–  Cookery

ERP Students participating in a cooking and tasting lesson.

ERP students are encouraged to integrate within the school as much as possible.  They participate in: after school clubs, trips and some mainstream pledges and futures days.

ERP Students on a school trip to Hamerton Zoo

Further Information

The documents below provide more information on SEND at Nene Park Academy:

·         School SEND Report.

·         School SEND Policy.

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This policy documents detailed have been drawn up in collaboration with the Local Authority and other Secondary schools in Peterborough.