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It is paramount that students with special educational needs and/or disabilities receive the correct provision and support. ‘All staff in the academy have a responsibility to provide appropriate support to our SEND students in order to maximise their enjoyment and success whilst at John Smeaton Academy.’

How do we identify students with additional needs?

When students arrive in Year 7, we use information from their primary school alongside their KS2 data and the CATs (cognitive ability tests) we conduct in order to assess their needs, to identify if intervention to support literacy or numeracy is required, and to assess potential and set targets for students as they move through the key stages. Staff refer any students they believe are not making progress, despite departmental intervention, to the SENCo for assessment.

What support do these students receive?

Students identified as requiring additional support can then access a wide range of resources, which may include an Individual Learner Profile for teaching staff, or collaboration with outside agencies. We make sure that all teachers in the school are aware not only of these students’ needs, but also of their learning preferences and their personal likes and dislikes inside and beyond the classroom.

Assistant Principal for SEN/SENCO: Miss V Robinson

SENCO Administrator: Mrs D Harris

SEND Governor: Mrs V Hall

SEND Information Report 2020

Leeds Local Offer: https://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/children-families-and-carers/local-offer/leeds-local-offer/special-educational-needs-disability

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