Special Educational Needs
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.
If we are able to meet their individual needs at the Academy, we work with the pupil, their family and current school to make the transition process as smooth as possible. This may include:
- Pre-transition visits
- Meetings with current school and specific support staff
- Dual Registration
- Pupil Mentoring / Buddying
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 independant careers advisor if necessary.
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 for Skegness Academy.
We use a number of aids to allow pupils to access our curriculum. This is looked at on an individual basis but can include:
- Tinted Overlays
- Reading Pens
- Ergonomic Left or Right Handed Pens
- Specialist Software (e.g. Dragon Naturally Speaking, Inspiration, Virtual Reading Ruler)
- Tinted Exercise Books
- Tinted Worksheet
GAT SEN and Disability Policy: please see policies under Our Academy
Local Offer. Click on the link for further information - www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/SENDlocaloffer/
Skegness Academy Advisory Council
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our SEN team have expertise and training in the following areas:-
- Speech, Language and Communication Needs
- Emotional and Behavioural Needs
- Holistic Counselling
- Supporting Pupils with Hearing Impairments
- Moving and Handling
- Personal Care
This year staff have received training in: Diabetes awareness, Lego Theerapy, Behaviour training with outside agencies.
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 has a very strong pastoral support system in place. Each pupil has access to the following:-
- Form Tutor
- Deputy Head of Year
- Head of Year
- Dedicated Senior Leader for Year Group
- Special Educational Needs Coordinator
- Safeguarding Officer
- Academy Nurse
- Duty Staff
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
- G/L Assessments
- Regular baseline tests for pupils
- Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Screening where necessary
- Specialist Teacher Assessments where necessary
- Educational Psychologist Assessments
- Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires
- Overlay Assessments
- Detailed Reading Comprehension Assessments (NGRT)
- Specialist Teaching Team
The Acadamy respond 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 welcom 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): https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/edulincs/school-support-and-specialist-services/specialist-teaching-team-including-the-dyslexia-outreach-team/129921.article
- Lincolnshire County Council: Educational Psychology Service: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/family-support/the-educational-psychology-service/
- Lincolnshire County Council: Working Together Team
- Lincolnshire County Council: Pathways Team: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/support-and-aspiration/sen-and-d-reforms/preparing-for-adulthood/120283.article/
- 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: https://www.ulh.nhs.uk/favicon.ico/
- The Acorn Free School Emotional and Behavioural Outreach Support
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This SEN information report will be reviewed 03.01.18