The School's SEN Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Miss Sharn Jones
Email correspondence for the attention of Miss Jones should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Miss Jones by telephone please contact 01284 718818.
Our current Special Educational Needs Policy can be found on the Policies page.
SEND at Abbots Green Academy
At Abbots Green Academy, we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make progress and are able to strive and grow as individuals.
There are four broad areas of SEND, which are outlined in the SEND Code of Practice 2015, these are:
- Communication and Interaction
Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communicating with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with SLCN is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives. (DfE, 2015).
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
- Cognition and Learning
Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, including specific learning difficulties (SpLD), moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), where children are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and associated difficulties with mobility and communication, through to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), where children are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment.(DfE, 2015)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Children and young people may experience a wide range of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways. These may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. Other children and young people may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder or attachment disorder
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn. (DfE, 2015)
Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or habilitation support. Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers. (DfE, 2015)
Please see link below for the SEND Code of Practice.
A guide for Parents
- Suffolk’s Local Offer
To access the local offer click the link below:
- SEND Guide for Parents
The Department for Education has released a guide for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).
To access the guide click the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers
- Suffolk SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service)
Suffolk SENDIASS is a confidential and impartial information, advice and support service on issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). It is free, easy to access and confidential. We can help children, parents and young people take part in decisions that affect their lives.
They offer information, advice and support to:
- Children and young people (up to 25 years) with SEND
- Parents and carers of children with SEND
- Practitioners (who might support children, young people or parents to access our service)
To access the Suffolk SENDIASS click the link below: