The Special Educational Needs Department (SEND) at Wardle Academy works in co-operation with families and multi-agencies to encourage the educational and social development of all pupils.
ACCESS AND MOBILITY
Wide corridors, lifts, ramps and specialist toilet facilities ensure access to all areas of the school. In addition, a physiotherapy room and access toilets, with tracking hoists for pupils with more complex physical needs, are all available. Key staff in the SEND team are trained in moving and handling and the department works closely with Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.
Children with special educational needs have access to a broad and balanced inclusive curriculum. To enable them to develop as successful students they may receive additional staff support in lessons and may also be withdrawn from these classes to work in small specialised groups.
SOCIAL USE OF LANGUAGE PROGRAMME
Students have access to a wide range of programmes designed to develop numeracy and literacy skills. More complex needs are met through delivery of individual programmes. An example of this is the SULP (Social Use of Language Programme) i.e. the Friendship Group. This programme develops social interaction. language and communication skills, particularly for learners on the autistic spectrum.
QUALITY FIRST TEACHING
Quality First Teaching is essential for providing adequate provision for students with special educational needs, it is tailored to meet the needs of all learners. In collaboration with the literacy and numeracy support teams, additional literacy and numeracy groups, and individual tutoring are available as programmes to support learners.
Ms Southall is responsible for managing Special Educational Needs in the Academy. This includes supporting the identification of students with special educational needs and coordinating provision for these students, ensuring that school staff are aware of students’ needs and have regular training in SEN. Ms Southall works with parents of students with SEN as well as Educational Psychologists, Healthy Young Minds and other external agencies. Ms Southall is also responsible for ensuring that students with SEN receive the appropriate access arrangements in examinations.