Special Educational Needs


We seek to provide an appropriate and high quality education for all the children in our school.

We believe that all children, including those identified as having Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND), have a common entitlement to a broad, balanced and accessible academic and social curriculum and that all children should be included in every aspect of school life.

Children may come to us with SEND already identified. Others may be identified through data analysis and teacher observation as potentially needing additional support that is additional to and or different from general provision if their progress has slowed or stopped.

These children will be discussed and where appropriate assessed by the class teacher with support from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, (SENDCo) and if it is found that the child has special educational needs, the child will be placed on the SEND Register. A formal plan will be written to address the child's needs and this takes the form of an Additional Support Plan (ASP).

The ASP will be written by the class teachers, who will be advised by the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and will include the child’s targets and the strategies, interventions and arrangements that will be used to support the child’s achievement of those targets.

Parents and carers will always be involved in discussions about placing a child on the Register and will always be involved, together with the child, in the writing and review of the ASPs. We meet with parents of children with a special need on a termly basis to review their child’s progress.

The SENDCo and inclusion team will be responsible for training staff and supporting staff to meet the needs of SEND pupils and will monitor the quality of provision through classroom observations as well as through data analysis and evaluation of pupil work.

Whilst the school has an SEND team, there is a clear expectation that the responsibility and accountability for meeting the needs of our pupils with special educational needs lies with the class teachers and that strategies to meet their needs should permeate quality first teaching.

Furthermore, the SEND team and the class teacher’s work together to ensure that pupils who are under attaining have their needs met through time specific, tailored intervention programmes. These pupils will be monitored by the class teachers, with support from the SLT and the SEND team, and if the child does not make the appropriate progress, external agency advice will be sought. In some extreme cases, children may require significant additional support which exceeds the SEND school support provision. Woodnewton a Learning Community will follow the graduated response and discuss an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) with you as parents, if a child meets the criteria set out by Northamptonshire County Council.

The SENDco is responsible and accountable for allocating SEND related resources and for monitoring the effectiveness of those resources.

The SENDco is also responsible for co-ordinating and working with outside agencies to support and inform the school’s provision for pupils with SEND.