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Skegness Academy

Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Skegness Academy values the abilities and achievements of all its pupils, and is committed to providing each pupil with the best possible environment for learning. We recognise that many pupils will have special needs at some time during their school life. Whilst many factors contribute to the range of difficulties experienced by some children, we believe that much can be done to overcome them by parents, teachers, support staff and pupils working together.

In the first instance, the Skegness Academy will work with the pupil, their family and the Local Authority to establish if we can meet their needs.

Objectives of the Skegness Academy SEND Provision are as follows:-

  • To ensure all pupils have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum
  • To provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the individual's needs and ability
  • To ensure the identification of all pupils requiring SEND provision as early as possible
  • To ensure that SEND pupils take as full a part as possible in all school activities
  • To liaise with outside agencies, when this would be beneficial in order to access further specialist support for pupils and parents

The main methods of provision made by the school are extremely flexible and are tailored to the needs of the pupils as much as possible. Staff are experienced in working with all areas of SEND and are highly committed to making children's lives not only productive but happy. Examples of SEND provision include:

Quality first teaching in class supported by a differentiated curriculum

Additional intervention work with support staff, either individually or in a small group
In-class support, with support assistance where appropriate

Support from specialists using specific programmes and training

The Skegness Academy firmly believes in developing a strong partnership with parents/carers and that this will enable children and young people with SEND to achieve their potential. The school recognises that parents/carers have a unique overview of their child's needs and how best to support them, and that this gives them a key role in the partnership. Parents/carers hold key information and have a critical role to play in their children's education.

As of September 2014, all schools will be required to publish details of the support it offers to pupils with special educational needs and/or a disability through their SEN Information
Report, to compliment the Lincolnshire LA Local Offer. Below are details of the SEN Policy at the Skegness Academy and the Local Offer for Lincolnshire.

Greenwood Academies Trust SEN Policy
http://www.greenwoodacademies.org/attachments/download.asp?file=23&type=pdf

Lincolnshire Local Offer
https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/childcare-and-family-support/special-educational-needs-and-disabilities/send-local-offer/

Emotional Well Being and Mental Health
http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/lincs/fsd/family.page?familychannel=2_9_9

We encourage parents to support their children at home, with their school work and in some cases we can provide intervention work to be completed at home with parental support.

All pupils at the Skegness Academy will have access to specialist careers advice. We also work closely with advisors from Lincolnshire County Council and will also refer your child to speak to an independent careers advisor if necessary.

Accessibility Plan
The Skegness Academy buildings are fully accessible. Our facilities include ramp or lift access to all rooms and outside areas. Please click here for the Accessibility Plan.

The Team

The Skegness Academy has a large additional needs team consisting of Teaching Staff, Learning Mentors and Learning Support Assistants.

SENDCo, Mrs Coates-Metheringham: 01754 879122 or email lcoates-metheringham@skegnessacademy.org

Our SEN team have expertise and have received training in the following areas:-

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Speech, Language and Communication Needs
  • Emotional and Behavioural Needs
  • Holistic Counselling
  • Supporting Pupils with Hearing Impairments
  • Moving and Handling
  • Personal Care
  • Physiotherapy

This year staff have received training in: Diabetes awareness, Lego Therapy and Behaviour training with outside agencies.

We use a number of aids to allow pupils to access our curriculum.

We support all of the pupils on the SEN register using provisions from our Provision Map. We will monitor and update the plan for your child using the assess>plan>do>review cycle.

Pupils will be involved in this process at all stages. We will produce a one page profile with the pupil that will explain their needs and the best ways to support them.

The Skegness Academy monitors and assesses its pupils on a regular basis. We use the following methods of assessing any potential special educational needs:-

  • Staff Concerns / Referrals
  • GL Assessments
  • Regular baseline tests for pupils
  • Dyslexia and Dyscalculia screening where necessary
  • Specialist Teacher Assessments where necessary
  • Educational Psychologist Assessments
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
  • Detailed Reading Comprehension Assessments (NGRT)
  • Specialist Teaching Team

The Academy responds to any SEND concerns by inviting you in to discuss your concerns fully. The Academy will decide if pupil needs extra support by assessing the nature of the concerns raised. The Academy will discuss this process with you during an initial meeting.

The Skegness Academy holds a formal parents' evening for each year group at least once a year and all parents are invited to attend. In addition to this we welcome parents of SEND pupils to review meetings.

We also work closely with the following agencies:

  • Lincolnshire County Council: Specialist Teaching Teams (including specialist teachers of both visually and hearing impaired children)
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Educational Psychology Service
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Working Together Team
  • Lincolnshire County Council: Pathways Team
  • Lighthouse Counselling Service
  • NHS: School Nurse Team: Your School Nursing Services - Lincolnshire Healthy Families LCHS.
  • NHS: CAMHS: We are CAMHS Lincolnshire - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • NHS: Specialist Diabetic Nursing Team
  • The Acorn Free School Emotional and Behavioural Outreach Support

This SEN information report will be reviewed 30.10.19