Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND
At Sheep Dip Lane Academy we believe that all children deserve a broad and balanced curriculum with exciting, motivating and rewarding real life experiences.
Some children have a learning difficulty or disability that makes it harder for them to access their learning. These children will require extra help from school, this might be for a short period or throughout their time in education.
It is important that we recognise that all children are individual and have the right to be supported in order to achieve their potential.
A child or young person has SEN 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 a mainstream school
We have a specialised team in place to support children with additional education needs – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, Inclusion Manager and many highly trained SEND Support Assistants. All class teachers also have the responsibility of supporting children with additional needs in their classes.
In order for all children to achieve their full potential, we ensure that staff are trained in techniques and strategies including:
- Sensory circuits
- Thrive bereavement support
- Lunchtime Thrive squad
- Team Teach
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Moving and handling
We also have specialised areas aimed at providing nurture support and care for our children.
We aim to work in partnership with our parents/carers, understanding that every child is an individual. It is therefore imperative that every child is supported on an individual basis with full consent and consultation with parents and carers. We also have strong, positive working relationships with external supporting agencies including: Behaviour Outreach Support Service (BOSS), Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Children and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Educational Psychology, School Nursing Teams, Visual Impairment Teams, ASD Teams and Hearing Impairment Teams, Autism, Social Communication Education and Training Service (ASCETS), Hearing impairment Team.
Within an inclusive learning environment, we offer specialised support and aim to nurture children and grow their gifts and minds for the future.
Where to find help and information:
Talk to school
Mrs A Parkhurst SENDCo
Mr M Copestick Inclusion Manager
If you think your child might need extra help or support with their education, the first step is to talk to someone in school. We will listen to your concerns and discuss how we feel we can best help.
If we identify that your child has Special Educational Needs, we will arrange a meeting to discuss what type of support your child might need.
Find out about resources, services, support, activities and events for Doncaster’s children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
There is also a link below to a parent’s guide to SEND
Please see link below to BBC bitesize to support children and families with SEND: