All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.
Southmoor Academy aims to make appropriate provision for children recognised within the four broad areas of SEND need.
• Communication and interaction
• Cognition and learning
• Social, mental and emotional health difficulties.
• Sensory and or physical needs.
What is the Local Offer?
The Children and Families Bill was enacted in 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.
The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.
The School Local Offer
This utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide.
More information about the local offer can be found on this page.
SEND Policies & Documents
Remote Learning for SEND
The SEN Co-ordinator for Southmoor Academy is Mrs O. McCourt
If you wish to speak to Mrs McCourt about your child’s special educational needs then please contact main reception.
You can see our other SEN staff members further down this page.
Pupil Support Centre (PSC):
The Pupil Support Centre (PSC) is our main SEN facility. Most of our SEN staff are based here and provide support to students when needed.
The reading suite is split across two floors, the lower floor provides a large selection of books and is used for schemes such as early morning reading. The top floor is a breakout area connected to our PSC (see above), this is a calming and relaxing area for students.
Our SEN Team
Our SEN Team:
Mrs O. McCourt – SENDCo & Safeguarding Lead
Mrs A. Riddle – Deputy SENDC0
Mrs E. Callaghan – Pupil Communication Coordinator
Miss S. Moody – Access Arrangements Assessor
Mrs C. Galloway – Learning Support
Ms V. Kapeni – Learning Support
Mrs N. Snaith – Learning Support
Mrs C. Galloway – Learning Support Mr A. Thurlbeck – Learning Support Mr S. Ali – Learning Support
Roles & Responsibilities
Roles & Responsibilities
Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND)?
The Headteacher – Mrs J. Maw
- The day to day management of all aspects of the school, including the support for children with SEND.
- The Headteacher will give responsibility to the SENDCo and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
- The Headteacher must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about issues relating to SEND.
The SEND Governor
- Making sure that the necessary support is given for any child who attends the school, who has SEND.
School contact telephone number: 0191 594 9991
School email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Class Teacher
- Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support, intervention) and letting the Special Education Needs/Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) know as necessary.
- Using Personal Support Plans ( PSPs) to formulate subject specific targets. Reviewing these at least once each term and planning for the next term. Personalised teaching and learning for your child as identified on the school’s provision map.
- Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.
The SENDCo – Mrs O. McCourt
- Developing and reviewing the school’s SEND policy
- Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
- Ensuring that you are
i) involved in supporting your child’s learning
ii) kept informed about the support your child is getting
iii) involved in reviewing how they are doing.
- Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc.
- Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that records of your child’s progress and needs are kept.
- Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so that they can help children with SEND in the school to achieve the best progress possible.
Request Student Support
If you have any worries and need to talk anytime then we’re here for you. Speak directly to your learning manager during term time, or use this form below to request support.
Name Number Service Childline 0800 1111 This is a free 24 hour helpline for young people in distress or danger. The Samaritans 08457 909090 A free helpline for anyone who wants to talk to someone anonymously for support. One Point 03000 26 11 16 You can phone for advice or arrange to meet someone to talk about your problems.
Resources for SEND Resources for Autism Resources for the Deaf SEND Code of Practice Autism Together British Deaf Association Scope Reachout ASC Nasen Resources for Mental Health & Wellbeing Young Minds Ditch the Label Kooth Place2Be Elsa Support Qwell Resources for Dyslexia Resources for the Blind Resources for ADHD British Dyslexia Association Royal National Institute of Blind People ADHD Foundation Dyslexia Action National Federation of the Blind The UK ADHD Partnership More Useful Resources Nessy Big Life Journal Dyspraxia Foundation East-tec ColorVeil Diabetes UK Epilepsy Action Asthma UK Afasic Down Syndrome Association National Eczema Society
Glossary of the Most Used SEN Terms
Glossary of the Most Used SEN Terms
There are many SEN terms that are abbreviated which can lead to confusion. Below is a glossary of the most used SEN terms.
Term Definition ADD Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder BESD Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties BSU Behaviour Support Unit CAF Common Assessment Framework CAMHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service COP Code of Practice CP Child Protection EAL English as an Additional Language EP Educational Psychologist FSM Free School Meals HI Hearing Impairment IEP Individual Education Plan KS Key Stage LAC Looked After Child LEA Local Education Authority MLD Moderate Learning Difficulty NC National Curriculum ODD Oppositional Defiance Disorder OT Occupational Therapist PEP Personal Education Plan PSC Pupil Support Centre PSP Pastoral Support Programme SaLT Speech & Language Therapy SEN Special Educational Needs SEND Special Educational Needs & Disability SENDCO Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator SpLD Specific Learning Difficulty VI Visual Impairment