As a Trust we are dedicated to supporting all pupils to progress and flourish into confident young adults by the time they leave us. The pupils in our schools who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) are especially important to us, due to the adversity they may face on a day to day basis.
Our key priorities are:
As a Trust, we encourage parents, families, carers, children and young people to work with us to enable us to put the best support in place. It is important to us that parents, families, carers, children and young people see our schools as inclusive learning environments, and we encourage joint working to ensure we are working together towards the best outcome for young people.
We have a variety of policies designed to help your child to receive the best support in our schools. These include a SEND Report, SEND Policy and Accessibility Policy, which can all be found on our policies page.
Our schools support pupils with a range of SEN and apply the Graduated Approach to identify SEN early by assessing, planning targeted intervention and reviewing its impact. Our schools provide for pupils with the following needs:
Area of need
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health
Sensory and/or physical
Across the Trust we have a dedicated team of Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCO) who are passionate about promoting inclusive learning environments and quality assuring the SEN provision in their schools. Trust SENCO Network meetings will be taking place regularly to share good practice and have a solution-focussed approach for areas to develop.
Details of our SENCOs are available on each of our school websites.
From September 2023 every member of staff receives weekly SEN updates, with a termly specific focus to keep their knowledge broad and up to date. Each term a staff and parent newsletter is issued providing information on that subject.
The Director of SEND and Safeguarding brings a wealth of experience to the role, which includes; senior leadership experience in a mainstream secondary school as a SENCO, Assistant Headteacher and safeguarding lead, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO in a Pupil Referral Unit, SEMH Outreach Lead across 100+ schools in Kirklees and primary school resource provision for pupils with Autism, ADHD, Moderate Learning Difficulties and Speech, Language and Communication Needs. THe Director holds a range of senior leadership qualifications that support her work in this role which include: NASENCO Award, National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership, National Professional Qualification in Headship, National Professional Qualification in Executive Leadership (ongoing), Post Graduate Certificate Leadership and Management in Education, BA Hons Degree in Supporting Children, Young People and Families, as well as being a Team Teach Instructor, Safeguarding Instructor and working as an Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM) Assessor.
The York SEND Local Offer sets out services and activities available to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; support is available from birth to 25 years old. The website also provides helpful information for families, and resources for professionals working in SEN services. (Email: yorklocalofferSEND@york.gov.uk)
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity supports parents and carers so they can understand and meet the needs of their child. With a range of webinars, courses, resources, and our screening service, we help families to know which interventions and adaptations are right for them.
Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.
Aiming to support mainstream settings to provide early and accurate identification of needs, high-quality teaching of a knowledge-rich curriculum and prompt access to targeted support where it is needed.
The Parent Carer Forum York is an established and recognised group who work with parents and carers of children or young people with additional needs or disabilities (0-25) who live in York.
They are a free, impartial and confidential service to help with concerns or questions around education, health, social care, inclusion and preparing for adulthood. support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disa.
Early Talk for York is an approach to improve speech, communication and language of children aged 0 to 5 years.
NASEN is the National Association for Special Educational Needs – a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.
Spring term continues after the half-term break on Monday 19 February. We look forward to welcoming all our students back! 😄 ✨
Our last day before the half-term break is Friday 9 February.
We hope to see every student in school on the day so we can say goodbye properly before the half-term hols! Thank you 🙏 🌟