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SEN & Disabilities

Welcome to Learning Support Services


We are an experienced and enthusiastic team committed to ensuring students with Special Educational Needs make outstanding progress through careful identification and targeted support.

Students who have a Statement or Educational Health Care Plan will receive extra support and guidance in some of their lessons from Teaching Assistants who will work in partnership with

the Subject Teacher to help students to access the curriculum. Where appropriate, students may also be withdrawn from some lessons for one to one or small group support on, for example, reading and writing skills, numeracy and speech and language. All students on the SEND register have an individual support plan to inform all subject teachers of the specific learning challenges so that they can differentiate their work accordingly. Extra support is given to students as deemed necessary and the progress of these students is coordinated and monitored by the Director of Learning Support and other senior colleagues.

Students on the Special Educational Needs register may also need assessment and support from other professionals including the Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist or behaviour support team.

I hope you find the documents below useful and I look forward to working with all our parents and students this year.


Andrew Ridge
Director of Learning Support


The SEN Code of Practice key changes

The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN

  • There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels
  • There is a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people
  • It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health and social care
  • It includes guidance on publishing a Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  •  For children and young people with more complex needs a co-ordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
  • There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood

To see the new SEN Code of Guidance 2014, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/325875/SEND-Code_of_Practice-June2014.pdf

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