From 1 September 2014 there are new duties with regards to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form remains committed to being an inclusive, mainstream secondary school as part of Essex Local Authority. We will be working with young people, parents/carers and other agencies over the coming year to ensure all policies and practices keep the young person central to decision making and that we support the best possible preparation for adulthood.
In doing this we will take time in producing documents and developing provision through proper consultation and co-production with our young people and their parents/carers. We continue to be secure in the knowledge that existing ways of working support all young people well and when things need changing or we get things wrong, there are clear lines of communication and ways to address points raised.
For more information and to be part of the discussions and developments please contact Mr Mike Hardwick, SENCO, at the school.
Please do look at Irwin Mitchell - http://www.irwinmitchell.com/personal/protecting-your-rights/social-healthcare-law/the-children-and-families-act-2014/factsheets-and-template-letters and IPSEA - http://www.ipsea.org.uk/ for additional information on the new SEND arrangements.
Many students will experience difficulties with maximising their learning during their school career. A small number of these students will have a Statement of Special Needs. Notley High School and Braintree Sixth Form aims to provide access to the whole curriculum for all students, with specialist staff wherever possible. Our main goal, therefore, is a whole-school approach to our students’ needs with all staff taking responsibility for their progress.
Close links developed between school and home are a key element to our success. The Learning Support Department are particularly keen to initiate and foster links with all parents/carers. Within the school there is a county facility for statemented students with Speech and Language difficulties led by Ms Readhead.
- To give all students the opportunity to study a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum.
- To foster attitudes of self-worth in all students.
- To encourage personal autonomy and the full realisation of potential.
- To develop staff awareness – monitoring students with SEND(*) in all subject areas by all staff.
- To make appropriate provision, with the resources available, for all students with SEND, including the continued development of a specialist resource area available to all students.
- To disseminate information to staff on students’ needs and suitable approaches to maximise learning.