Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Amanda Rosewell, who is supported by Sarah Barnes.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy believes that every teacher is a teacher of every child, and our SEND policy is written by considering the needs of the whole child. The policy is written for the whole school community, including staff, pupils, parents/carers and governors.
Further information is available through the Leeds Local Offer.
Our aim is to raise aspirations and expectations for all pupils with SEND, providing a focus on the outcomes of our pupils – not just hours of provision.
A pupil who has SEND will have a learning difficulty or disability, and will need educational provision different from what is usually provided.
Pupils who do not have SEND but are impacted by other factors are also considered. These children might have issues such as:
- Attendance and punctuality
- Health and welfare
- Mental health issues
- English as a second language
- Pupil Premium
- Being a child of a serviceman/woman
- Behaving in response to need
Our objectives are to:
- Identify and provide for pupils who have SEND and additional needs.
- Work within the SEND Code of Practice 2015.
- Operate a whole pupil, whole school approach.
- Provide support and advice for all staff with special educational needs.
We make sure that every child with SEND is cared for individually. When a child with SEND joins us, we use a formative assessment to assess areas of need. Tests are also used to identify areas of strength and weakness in areas such as comprehension, maths skills, working memory and verbal and non-verbal reasoning.
The data from these tests are used to set academic targets and to inform teachers about the child.
We aim to involve parents at all stages of the child’s academic journey, to keep you informed and identify any areas of concern. All of the information that we gather from you and from assessments will be used to create individual plans for each pupil.