At King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy, we are proud to call ourselves an inclusive academy.  The aim of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) team is to provide support for any students who require it in order to help them fulfil their academic and social potential, as per our academy values.

SEND students are identified through a combination of teacher assessments, transition information from their prior schooling or teacher referral. They are accommodated to make sure that all their needs are met.

We also aim to ensure that all SEND students are given the same academic and pastoral opportunities, as their non-SEND peers. This complies with the SEN Code of Practice (2015) in that:

  • All students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Teachers are expected to set high expectations for every student, regardless of prior attainment
  • Teachers are expected to use appropriate assessments to set targets which are deliberately ambitious
  • Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the students in their class, including where students access support from learning support assistants or specialist staff
  • The academy regards high quality teaching, differentiated for individual students, as the first step in responding to students who have or may have SEND

In order to allow our SEND learners to overcome any barriers, we also incorporate the advice provided as a result of assessments, both internal and external, and the strategies described in either provision plans or Education, Health and Care Plans.

We have high expectations of all our students and aim to remove any barriers which may hinder individual progress.  In order to do this Provision Plans are created to identify target areas on individual needs. These plans are then used by teachers and Teaching Assistants to ensure that students work on their target areas and make progress. Provision Plans are constantly reviewed during the academic year so that progress can be monitored and new targets set as appropriate. Parents/carers are invited to review meetings as we view the parent voice as invaluable in helping our students make progress.

English as an additional language (EAL) is seen as a huge skill here at the academy rather than a barrier to learning. A tailored package of support is put together for students on an individual basis after initial assessments are completed. EAL students gain extra English lessons in small groups if needed or they are put straight into mainstream lessons with guidance and support from teaching and support staff.

At King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy our primary focus is the well-being and progress of your child and we appreciate any feedback you have. With this in mind if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the AHT – Inclusion, Mr T Holder.

External agencies:

Agency or ServiceWho they work with?
Pupil & School Support Service (PSS)   (Jo Dawson)  PSS work with us as an academy to advise on teaching strategies and resources to support students with difficulties in literacy and numeracy.  They run formal assessments of students whose progress is weak and provide suggested next steps to increase rates progress.  
Educational Psychology Service   (Dr Hannah Cochrane)  The EPS work with students who have more significant and complex learning needs, running assessments and offering advice on teaching strategies and resources to raise achievement levels.
Soundswell   (Hayley Greatorex)  Diana is a private Speech and Language Therapist who works with those students who need support in the specialist area of speech and communication.  
Communication and Autism Team   (Helen Lawrence)  This team provide appropriate training for staff working with students on the autistic spectrum and work with specific students who have a medical diagnosis of autism.  
Sensory Support Service   Hollie Hipkiss (Visual) Joanne Wilkes (Hearing)    This team work with those students who have specific sensory needs and provide staff with advice on resources and strategies to support these students.  
Health professionals  We access a range of appropriate health professionals through our school nurse. Specialists provide staff with strategies and procedures for medical issues relevant to our students.