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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Sandy SEND Newsletter Lockdown Edition, March 21



Inclusive provision is made for those students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) including cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social mental emotional health, sensory and/or physical and any looked after children who have been identified with SEND to ensure that they have equality of opportunity and aim to fulfil their potential.

Admissions arrangements for students with SEND are set out in the school’s admission policy.

Who Do I Go To If I Want To Talk About SEND Support?

The SEND Department is managed on a day to day basis by Mrs Heather Smith (SENCO). She can be contacted on 01767 680598 or at

The Learning Support team at Sandy Secondary School wants to ensure that all students with SEND are able to access the curriculum and reach their potential.  Our team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA) work to support students in their lessons, and provide interventions as one to one or small groups where appropriate. The SEND department has recently created a sensory room as a quiet space dedicated to stimulating, developing and relaxing the senses, and to provide a safe and effective therapeutic environment for individuals. We also offer support in our Learning Support room which is run by Mrs V Walton-Smith.

The following staff members work within the SEND Department:

Mrs A Alderton (Assistant SENCO Bmus (Huddersfield), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan) NASENCO (Bath Spa University) - pending)

Mrs H Audley (LSA with Key Worker and Handwriting Intervention responsibility)

Mrs A Louder (LSA With Key Worker Responsibility)

Mrs K Gardiner (LSA With Key Worker Responsibility)

Mrs J Burton (LSA With Key Worker Responsibility)

Mrs N Barrowcliffe (LSA with Key Worker responsibility)

Mrs L Fage (LSA with Key Worker responsibility)

Mr R Hartwell (LSA with Key Worker and Dyslexia Support responsibility)

Mrs A Hawkins (LSA with Key Worker and Handwriting Intervention responsibility)

Miss E Hutchinson (LSA with Handwriting Intervention and Occupational Therapy Support responsibility)

Mrs L Irvine (LSA with Accelerated Reading and Toe by Toe Intervention responsibility)

Mrs R Lock (LSA with Key Worker and Handwriting Intervention responsibility)

Mrs S Robinson (Assistant Learning Support Manager)

Mrs J Wallace (LSA with Key Worker and Social Studies Intervention responsibility)

Mrs V Walton-Smith (Learning Support Manager and responsible for Toe by Toe Intervention)

Our LSAs have received the following training:

  • Effective questioning within the classroom to support those with SEND

  • Effectively supporting learners within the classroom to ensure good teaching and learning

  • Behaviour management training delivered by the Deputy Head at Oak Bank School

  • Two members of our department are trained in the teaching of the ‘Sounds-Write’ program – a synthetic phonics program to support spelling

  • Access arrangements for examinations

  • ‘The dyslexic brain’

  • Writing skills for reluctant writers

  • Developing inclusive approaches in the classroom

  • Moderate learning difficulties

  • Examination invigilation to support students with exam dispensation

  • Attachment awareness

  • Understanding sensory needs for students with SEND, high quality teaching for students with ASD and supporting students with SEND in mainstream school delivered by Ivel Valley Hub


The SENCO holds the following qualifications: NASENCO (Middlesex), BA Hons (Hertfordshire), Dip. RSA (Northampton), SpLD APC (Patoss). Recent training for the SENCO has included ‘Safeguarding Disabled Children’ and ‘Awareness, Responding and Managing Emotional Dysregulation in the classroom’.

There is close liaison between the House Achievement Leaders (pastoral staff), Examinations Officer and SENCO. Our House Achievement Leaders and Examinations Officer receive regular updated training relevant to their roles.

Miss Karen Hayward is the Executive Principal and line manager to the SENCO and has overall responsibility for the SEND Department.

Students undertake baseline assessments on entry to the school and are regularly assessed by class teachers. This information is disseminated to staff, parents/guardians and students.

How can my child be helped?

Student’s needs are met using a graduated approach; students are identified (by teachers/Learning Support Assistants, parents/carers or the students themselves then assessed). If students require additional support a plan is put in place and carried through within the timescale set. The student’s progress is then reviewed. The support can be provided in a number of ways such as:

  • Differentiation of work (such as, by task, time scale, outcome, presentation, output) and/or questions by the teacher in the classroom)

  • Learning Support Assistant presence in the classroom

  • Time in the SEND department (such as, at lunch time, after school, during registration, or due to a modified or reduced timetable)

  • Personal Achievement Plan (PAP) drawn up by staff, students and parents/guardians and reviewed every six months

  • Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) followed and reviewed annually

  • Examination support and access arrangements

  • Mentor or Key Worker regular meetings

  • Specialist programs (such as, the reading scheme, a phonics program, handwriting scheme, touch typing program or social studies)

  • Pastoral Support Plan

  • Meetings with the School Nurse

  • Visual or Hearing Impairment Service involvement

  • Support from the Medical Needs Team

  • Sessions with outside agencies (such as, Relate, CHUMS, CAMHS, Educational Psychologist or the ASD Outreach Worker)

There may be occasions where students access some of the support above without being identified on the SEND profile.

Further information on SEND support in the school can be found in the school’s SEN policy.

What else is available?

  • Pupil Premium and free school meals: for further information on this, please visit Alternatively, ring the school on 01767 680598

  • School transport – for further information on this, please visit Alternatively, ring the school on 01767 680598

  • Transition – The admission arrangements for students with SEND are set out in the school’s Admissions Policy. To support those with SEND, the SEND Manager meets with the primary school's SENCo prior to transition, to ensure effective information sharing and a smooth transition. Advice and guidance can be given on transition post 16 and those with an EHCP are closely supported through this stage. SEND information is passed to any new setting the student moves to.

All students meet daily with their form tutor and all students are eligible to join homework club or lunch and break club. A lift is available to access all floors, along with a toilet for the disabled.

Which other agencies can offer help?

The school works in partnership with parents/guardians and with other outside agencies to identify the needs, provide support and monitor the progress of all students.

Further support can be sought from the following places:

  • This website gives links to pages and information on support that is offered locally through the Central Bedfordshire Authority.

  • This webpage hosts a number of links to information on thirteen different areas of need along with useful contact information and other sources of need and support.

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) parent/guardian, children and young person partnership service at Central Bedfordshire Council – this is a free confidential support service for parents and carers of children with SEND. They can be contacted on 0300 300 8088. Their website

  • Autism Beds - free drop in sessions for parents/guardians who have just received a diagnosis to say their child has Autism. Their contact number is 01234 214871.

  • The Avenue – this is a support group run by families for families with parents/guardians who understand the highs and lows of living with autism. Their website is and their phone number is 07425 551110.

  • Carers in Bedfordshire – this offers parent/guardian drop in groups. They can be contacted at 0300 111 1919.

  • Outside-In – is a local group that can offer support and information on ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Conditions. They can be contacted on 01462 813282.

  • UKADHD provides information on local support groups for those affected by ADHD

  • CHUMS – is the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing service and offers support to children and their parents/guardians. They can be contacted on or on 01525 863924.

  • British Dyslexia Association – This is a dyslexia friendly organisation and local groups can be found at this website

Complaints will be dealt with in line with the school’s complaints procedure but it is hoped close home-school liaison will minimise the need for complaints, giving rise to effective partnership working. Please do not hesitate to contact the school’s SEND Manger, Mrs Smith, if you would like to talk through any of this in more detail.

Further information can be found in our SEND policy, Accessibility Policy and Equalities Policy.

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Mrs H. Smith (SENCO)


Mrs A. Alderton (Assistant SENCO)