Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Every child matters at The Oak Tree Academy and we are committed to ensuring that all children are given the best possible opportunity to meet their full potential. Staff are dedicated to understanding the individual needs of pupils.

We aim to be inclusive for all pupils and parents/carers regardless of any additional need and disability. In order to achieve this we have the following in place:

  • We always support the use of physical aids which have been assigned to a child to support access e.g wheelchairs, walking frame, hearing aids, large print.
  • Any therapy programmes which are designed by specialists e.g. Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists will be delivered into school.
  • The school is committed to make the building, grounds and classrooms accessible both for pupils and stakeholders with SEN and disability needs e.g. disabled toilets, ramps, handrails, flat surfaces for use with physical aids etc.
  • Pupils with physical aids e.g. hear aids, walking frames, wheelchair etc. are not discriminated against and are positively promoted.
  • Risk assessments in place.
  • Regular health and safety inspections.
  • Training to staff for use of physical aids for pupils specific individual needs.
  • Reports and written information take account of pupils’ disabilities and pupils’ and parents’ preferred formats to be made available within reasonable time frames
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Contained within these links are SEN contact details for parents to access support and information within the academy, the local authority and/or parent support services.

However the Key points to note are:

The child, parent, school and partnership services will be working together to provide the best SEND support for your child.

Pupils who previously may be registered on our school SEN register as School Action or School Action plus will now be combined and registered as SEND SUPPORT.

For pupils who have previously had a Statement of Educational Need, these will gradually (up until 2018) be transferred to a new Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) with a “One Plan” individualised package of support. New referrals will be through EHCP system.

For further information please contact Mrs Vikki Thomas – SENCo (Special Needs Co-ordinator) via school office 01642 602029 or via email [email protected]

Equality Statement

We are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for all pupils, staff, parents and carers receiving services from the Academy, irrespective of race, gender, disability, faith or religion or socio-economic background. We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which all those connected to the school feel proud of their identity and feel able to participate fully in academy life.

The achievement of pupils will be monitored by race, gender, SEN and Pupil Premium entitlement, and we will use this data to support pupils, to raise standards and ensure quality first inclusive teaching, thus helping all pupils achieve their maximum potential.

We will tackle discrimination by the positive promotion of equality, challenging bullying and stereo-types and creating an environment which champions respect for all.

The Oak Tree Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
We constantly focus on standards as we understand outcomes are paramount. Our decision making is driven entirely by what is best for children. By doing this we enhance the life chances of the children and young people in our care.