Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - SEND
"Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way."
- George Evans -
At the Whiteoak Academies we are an inclusive family of schools and warmly welcome pupils with Special Educational Needs. We provide an inclusive education for all of our pupils which meets their individual needs and removes barriers to learning. We aim for all of our children to be independent, reflective and enthusiastic learners who grow to be happy and compassionate adults.
Within our family of schools, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum which both inspires and encourages independent learning. Within this curriculum we welcome and support all of our children, no matter their level of ability. Whether they have exceptional abilities and talents, face particular challenges in their learning, or have medical or emotional needs, everyone is included at an appropriate level. Our staff develop strong partnerships with pupils and parents, which enables them to encourage our pupils to aim high and achieve their very best.
"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn."
- Dr O. Ivar Iovaas -
In line with our school motto; "Planting Dreams, Nurturing Hearts and Growing Minds" we ensure that our staff have regular training and professional development related to Special Educational Needs and staff are able to access a range of support from professionals with a wide range of expertise. We work regularly with an Educational Psychologist and LSP Advisory Teacher for SEND.
We have an Academies Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs Abby Murray, who has completed the mandatory National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination and has a PGCE in SEN and Inclusion. We also have a SEND Governor, Mrs Jacci Ramplin. Our SENCO works closely with staff, parents and pupils to ensure the correct academic and pastoral support and provision is in place for each individual pupil and their families. Our SENCO's working days are Monday to Thursday. Contact details are at the bottom of this page.
- LSP SEND Policy September 2023-24
- SEND INFORMATION REPORT - September 23.pdf
- Accessibility Policy January 2021-4.pdf
Useful Internet Links:
- SEND AND YOU - SENDIAS (Previously known as Supportive Parents) A charity providing information, advice and support to parents, children and young people with any type of special educational need or diability.
- Contact a Family For families with disabled children. Access to over 170 languages
- North Somerset Local Offer Information for parents and carers
- SEND Code of Practice Statutory Government Guidance
- Education Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 Government Legislation
CONTACT THE SENCO
If you have any queries, questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our SENCO, Mrs Abby Murray. If you wish to contact her via email, she will aim to respond within 5 working days. However, if you would prefer to make an appointment or speak to her urgently over the telephone, please call the school office on: 01275 851127, her working days are Monday to Thursday.