May 26, 2017

SEND

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

“High educational standards and well-being go hand in hand. Pupils can’t learn and thrive if they don’t feel safe, or if health problems are allowed to create barriers, doing well in education is the most effective route out of poverty and disaffection. Early intervention is the most effective way to deal with difficulties before they escalate.” Every Child Matters Additional Educational Needs covers a wide spectrum of needs whereby students are not able to fully access the usual timetable or who may need activities adapting so that they are able to access the curriculum.

These needs may be for many different reasons: they could be emotional needs; physical needs (eg: hearing impairment); temporary physical needs (crutches or recovery from a recent operation) and learning needs (eg: dyslexia . Other problems might occur from a child having missed a lot of school through illness, or from the need to learn more slowly than most. It may be that short term intervention is required following bereavement or another personal crisis. In addition to the above needs new admissions from other schools may need short term support to catch up on certain areas of the curriculum.

Similarly, new arrivals from other countries may find themselves needing extra language support. At Dartford Science and Technology College we offer a distinctly person centered approach to providing the most effective provision for our SEND students. In order to provide the most effective provision at Dartford Science and Technology College we offer in-class support; 1:1 support; counseling; specialist tutoring and a high level of pastoral care.

The provision/s that are put in place for our SEND students are decided collaboratively between parents, the school and the student. The provision/s has/have clear outcomes and are regularly evaluated so that the progress and the well-being of our SEND students is constantly reviewed.

The process utilized at Dartford Science and Technology College is very much modelled on the: assess, plan, do, review model which ensures that the needs of our SEND students are met through appropriate intervention and appropriate provision. The provisions at Dartford Science and Technology College fall under these 4 main categories: 1. Communication and Interaction 2. Cognition and Learning 3. Social, Emotional and mental health difficulties 4. Sensory and/or physical needs Monitoring.

At Dartford Science and Technology College all teachers are responsible for the progress and the development of the SEND students in their classes. The progress and the well-being of our SEND students is monitored through regular meetings with the teachers of these students and with the parents of these students. All teachers have effective strategies to enable the SEND students in their classes to access the curriculum.

However, at Dartford Science and Technology College we do recognize the invaluable importance of and we do implement a range of structured interventions for our SEND students as part of their Personalised Plans. Consequently, the SEND team deliver structured and targeted interventions to assist our SEND students with their progress both academically and socially. All SEND students at Dartford Science and Technology College have an allocated central point of contact.

High educational standards and well-being go hand in hand. Pupils can’t learn and thrive if they don’t feel safe, or if health problems are allowed to create barriers, doing well in education is the most effective route out of poverty and disaffection. Early intervention is the most effective way to deal with difficulties before they escalate.” Every Child Matters.

Therefore at Dartford Science and Technology College: Every teacher is a teacher of SEND

To download the SEND policy, please click the link below. SEND policy To view the SEND support and advice (local offer) page, please click the link below. SEND Support and Advice