What is SEND?

SEND is an acronym for Special Educational Needs & Disabilities. It is absolutely nothing to be afraid of, it simply aims to connect pupils and parents with the support necessary to make the Shuttleworth experience the best it can possibly be.

Does my child have SEND?

A student has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that is usually available to pupils of the same age.

What if my child is identified as having SEND?

If our team identifies a student as possibly having SEND, they are referred to our fantastic team of specialist teachers, who will work with every one of the child’s teachers to adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils, as per the Teachers’ Standards Regulations 2012.

Special educational provision will then be matched to the child’s identified needs. We follow The Code of Practise for Children’s SEN (2015), which recommends that a student’s SEND need is generally thought of in four broad areas of need and support; communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health; and sensory and/or physical needs.

They will then be supported in a variety of ways, dependent on their need. This could involve additional teacher advice or in class support; respite from a lesson where they spend part of their day/week in the Learning Support Centre; and/or other additional support. Within this, we have several intervention schemes, including in-class support, the Lexia literacy program, passport maths, alternative curriculum provision, alternative provision, Lego therapy for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) & ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), fine & gross motor skills intervention, a behaviour modification program, and dyslexia support. Some of these interventions are ongoing whilst others run for a period of six weeks after which students are reassessed, new targets given, or returned to normal lessons.

Where can I find out more?

Family support is key in helping students to overcome any challenges they may face. Those dealing with ASD may find www.actionasd.org.uk and www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx useful.

There is also support for dyslexia at https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk & www.dyslexia.uk.com, whilst  those with dyscalculia could visit https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/dyscalculia/what-is-dyscalculia and www.dyscalculia.org.

Sites such as http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en and http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/en could be useful for EAL (English as an Additional Language) students.

You can read our SEND policy in full on our Policies page.

Contact our SENDCO

Mrs. Sally Sagar
Deputy Headteacher

“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

Ignacio Estrada