There are four broad areas of SEND, these are:

  • Communication and Interaction 
    This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition (across the range of the spectrum) and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs.
  • Cognition and Learning
    This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, learning difficulties relating to literacy and numeracy, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
    This includes any Students who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
    This area includes children with specific OT needs, sensory processing needs, hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.

This is written as part of Stockton on Tees Borough Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Information throughout this policy is in reference to ‘section 69 of the Children and Families Act 2014’, section 6 of the Special Educational needs and disability code of practice:0 – 25 years, regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.

At Egglescliffe School we recognise that every child is individual and all Students are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to be happy, stay safe and achieve their true potential both academically and with their skills for life. We believe in inclusion and positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and progress and we work closely in partnership with other agencies to provide a positive educational experience for all our Students including those with a special educational need or disability.

We aim to develop ‘character’ to support our students developing confidence, independence and resilience.

The school provides support to students with a variety of needs as identified by the four areas of SEND need.

Egglescliffe School has an accessibility policy as related to paragraph 3 of schedule 10 to the Equality Act 2010 which supports the admission of disabled pupils.

Egglescliffe school site is a large, complex site spread over a large distance but does have the required access for all children to ensure that are students are fully included in all aspects of the school community. It has ramp access to all areas of the school, a lift to access the Art department. The school supports the access to specialist chairs required by some children and these are made accessible to children at all times to ensure their needs are met irrespective of where they are accessing lessons in school. There are disabled toilets across the school site and a medical room located close to student services.

Where possible TA support is allocated with regard to supporting a child’s individual needs for access to the site.

As the Science block is over three floors student timetables are developed to ensure that children with disabilities have access to their lessons and teachers in a ground floor laboratory.

Evac Chairs are positioned in key locations across the school site.

Key staff are involved in the writing of health care plans and risk assessments in conjunction with parents/carers, students, professionals.

Professionals working with children through the medical services to support school staff with training in order to work together and better support a child’s needs.

Our school ethos recognises there are particular groups of Students whose needs and circumstances require additional consideration and support by everyone in our school community in order to support them both academically (removing barriers to learning) and with skills for life and preparing for adulthood. Whilst still ensuring children make academic progress at Egglescliffe School we ensure that all Students are fully included and supported to ensure that, regardless of their specific needs, they make the best possible progress academically and socially and emotionally. Students are supported in preparing for adulthood and to access all trips, visits and additional enrichment activities.

We have a small ‘Endeavour Support Suite’ on site, where a child can be granted access by key staff in agreement the SENDCo. This is in accordance with their support needs to receive support from allocated members of the support team.

Students can also access Endeavour before and after school, if they want to just sit and read, do homework. They can also access this at social times and can join one of our lunchtime activities if they are anxious about the ‘busy’ break and lunchtimes.

This is in line with the Code of Practice and disability and equality acts.

Additional information to supplement that which must be included in our SEND Offer and Information Report can be found under the heading from the SEND menu. We will continue to add information on the website and welcome your feedback.