Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator is Mrs Debra Seekings who works alongside Mrs J Holden with regards to inclusion and SEND provision for your child.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy believes that every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Our SEND policy and School Information Report outline how we will support all students and those that are identified as SEND to access and engage with learning and considers the whole child.The policy is written for the whole school community, including staff, students, parents/carers and governors.
The Leeds Local Offer has further information about the provisions and agencies available in Leeds for SEND students.
Our aim is to raise aspirations and expectations for all of our students and those with SEND, providing a focus on the outcomes of our students and providing access to high standards of Quality First Teaching.
Our objectives are to:
- Recognise early where students have barriers to learning and identify strategies to support their needs.
- Work within the SEND code of practice consulting with parents/carers and students about their needs.
- Ensure that every student is a confident individual who can engage and participate in learning and make progress.
- Operate a whole student, whole school approach.
- Involve students and parents/carers in the planning and reviewing of their individual provision; this includes attendance at regular review meetings about progress against targets.
- Provide support, advice and training for all staff with regards to Special Educational Needs and Disability.
The Stephen Longfellow Academy recognises, as stated in the Special Educational Needs (SEND) 0-25 Code of Practice (September 2014) that:
If we do identify that your child has SEND we will contact you to discuss and plan the support we can offer as part of a regular review process.’ (please could we just move these around so the needs section comes first.
We make sure that every child with SEND is cared for individually and learning is personalised to meet their need. When a child with SEND joins us, we use a formative assessment to identify areas of need, for more information see our School Information Report. The data from assessments and tests is used to set targets for students and personalise learning.
The data from these tests are used to set academic targets and personalise learning for each student.
We aim to involve parents/carers at all stages of their child’s academic journey, to keep you informed of progress and review targets. All of the information that we gather from parental voice and from assessments will be used to create individual plans for each student.
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 in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.
Children and young people with SEND all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help from that given to others.
Many children and young people will have Special Educational Needs or Disability of some kind at some time during their education. Students with SEND may need extra help because of a range of needs. Paragraphs 6.27 – 6.35 of the 0-25 SEND Code of Practice outlines four areas of SEND need:
The Equality Act requires schools:
- must not directly or indirectly discriminate against, harass or victimise disabled children and young people
- must make reasonable adjustments
Leeds Local Offer
Every Local Authority across England must publish a local offer which outlines the support that is available for local children and young people with SEND, and their families. This information gives parents/carers information about the guidance and advice available across education, health and social care in the local area for children and young people with SEND. The local offer will include up -to -date information about the available services and how to access them. The local offer ensures families can access clear information about all services for those aged 0-25 with SEN and disabilities and explains what families are entitled to and can expect from services.
Click on the button link below to visit the Leeds City Council website where you will find further information.