SEND / SENCo
We aim to ensure that:
- Every child achieves their potential regardless of special learning needs
- There are good links with parents as they play a vital role in supporting their child’s special need.
- That the views of the individual student are considered when determining provision on the nature of support to be offered
- The Academy’s SEND has the time and resources needed to fulfil the demands of the role and the effectiveness of the department
- That students are referred for statutory assessment in a timely and efficient way.
Practice and Guidance
The SEND Policy at Ark Alexandra Academy is based on the principle of providing all pupils with the opportunities needed to fulfil their potential.
A student is defined as having Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty which requires special educational provision to be made for them. Students with SEND should have those needs addressed via a broad and balanced education.
We believe early identification, assessment and provision for any child who may have special educational needs is crucial. We adhere to the SEND Code of Practice, adapting a graduated approach. Most children’s learning needs are met through ‘differentiation’ of the curriculum which means teachers tailor their approaches to suit individual students’ different learning needs and styles.
The academy’s appointed Senior SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is responsible for the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy. They coordinate provision for students with SEND and liaises with parents, staff and external agencies. The deputy SENCO is responsible for the provision of students on the Helenswood campus.
The academy is guided by the SEND Code of Practice and the law within, together with the Teacher Training Agency’s document on National Standards.
For further information from East Sussex County Council about its Special Needs and Disability Local Offer please follow this link.
East Sussex has also commissioned ‘Amaze’ to provide independent advocacy and advice for families of children with SEND. They can be contacted via https://amazesussex.org.uk.