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How we support SEND

We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many children, at some time in their school life, need extra help.


Because of this we offer the following support for SEND children:


•    We talk to parents/carers if they think their child has a special educational need and let them know
     what special help the school is giving.  Mrs Simpson is appointed as the Special Educational Needs
     Co-ordinator (SENDCo)
•    We have a written Special Educational Needs Policy – a copy should be made available for parents       

      and is included on this website.

Each child’s teacher will be finding ways to support them such as:
•    Changing the way activities are planned and delivered
•    Matching activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
•    Adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
•    Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Individual Support Plan
With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
•    Carry out further assessment of the child’s needs
•    Provide advice to schools on how to best support the child

•    Suggest resources that would help the child make progress


Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENDCo to find ways to support each child with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help and support their child at home.  Staff expertise is developed through on-going training sessions in staff meetings, external courses and regular advice from SENDCo.  Within school, we have a range of expertise through the provision of teaching assistants, higher level teaching assistants and the Behaviour and Pastoral Support Manager.

Our school staff will set outcomes for SEND children which will be discussed with parents, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting.  These outcomes will also be shared with children once support plans have been agreed with parents.  Children's views will also be taken on a regular basis through the use of pupil voice.



If your child has Special Educational Needs our SENCO will:


  • Ensure the right support is put in place for each child.
  • Advise other teachers and teaching assistants on how to help each child and ensure they have an up to date Support Plan detailing how their needs will be met in school.
  • Arrange training for staff where appropriate so that they understand how to support each child’s needs
  • Work closely with parents on a regular basis to talk with them about their child’s needs and listen to any ideas or concerns they might have.
  •  Work with other professionals (if necessary) who may be able to help individual children, e.g. speech and language therapist /medical professional/educational psychologist.  We have built up a good working relationship with professionals who advise staff on strategies that could be used in the classroom.
  • A Support Plan / Provision Map / progress report details what the school, the class teacher and the

     SENCO plan to do to help individual children learn.  All teachers should be aware that children learn in

     different ways.  Some need to work at a slower pace to ensure they fully understand one thing before

     they move onto something new.

  • Ensure the child is making termly progress through analysis of assessments and tracking data.

A support plan will be written especially for any child with SEND. It should include:


  • Short term outcomes for the child which are linked to their needs
  • Details of any extra support the child will get
  • Who will give the child help
  • How often the child will get help
  • How and when the school will look at the child’s progress again
  • After consultation with parents, outcomes are agreed and signed and parents are given a copy of the Support Plan.
  • The outcomes of the Support Plan are discussed with the child and further amendments if necessary are made.


If a child’s needs are very complex and/or severe we may ask the Local Authority to carry out an Education, Health and Care Assessment.


  • This is a very detailed assessment of each child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will all be asked to provide written reports.
  • At the end of the assessment phase the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for the child.
  • Parents/carers also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
  • Education,Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Your school SENCO or SENDIASS will be able to advise you about this.


Supporting children with social and emotional development

Acre Rigg Academy has a Behavioural and Pastoral Support Manager who works with children either on a 1:1 basis or in a small group sessions focusing on a child's social and emotional wellbeing.  A range of programmes are tailored towards the need of the child or children such as relax kids, therapeutic story writing, social skills, behaviour management, lego therapy and listening and concentration.


If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.


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