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Inclusion and Special Needs

Welcome to SEND 

At Swallow Hill students who have special educational needs and disabilities and need inclusive and specialist support will be catered for in a variety of ways. Our commitment is that students will be given every opportunity to overcome their barriers to learning through a range of personalised interventions. Teaching such students is therefore a whole academy responsibility, requiring a whole academy response. The SENCO (Miss Jackson) and SEND team to co-ordinate provision of special educational needs within the academy.

Children have special educational needs if they have a difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they: 

a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or 

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.

Central to the work of every class and every subject is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching assessment and evaluation that takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the pupils.  The majority of students will learn and progress within these arrangements.  However, for students with special educational needs, there may be a need to provide an enhanced level of provision that supports and enhances their learning abilities.

We pride ourselves in being one of two Language Resource Secondary Schools in Leeds with a Lead Practitioner (Miss Hazlewood)  for Language Resource provision.  This ensures there is:-

  • Differentiated language across the curriculum.
  • Regular and frequent access to a Speech and Language Therapist than in a non-resourced mainstream school. 
  • Access to a highly structured Speech and Language programme delivered by a key worker and closely supervised by the Speech and Language Therapist.

Our Commitment:

Raise standards of teaching pupils with SEND  by enhancing the quality of learning and teaching;

Strive to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has special educational needs and that those needs are made known to all who are likely to teach the student.

  • A range of teaching strategies will be available to accelerate progress for students with SEND.
  • Implement appropriate procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of the delivery of student data in relation to targets and aspirations
  • Provide staff training where necessary and raise the profile of SEND within the academy.
  • Ensure that teachers in the academy are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for those students who have special educational needs.
  • Have regard to the SEN Code of Practice 2001 when carrying out its duties towards all students with special educational needs.  (Section 313, 317 Educational Act 1996)

Parents Expected to:

  • Communicate with the SENCO and SEND team if they have any thoughts or concerns regarding their child
  • Encourage their child to ask for help if they are struggling to complete work set
  • Offer support and praise at home when completing homework
  • Ensure their child has the relevant equipment and brings it to school each day.