Washington Academy follows the Equal Opportunities act (2010) and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) code of practice: 0-25 years (2014) with subsequent updated information, in conjunction with relevant professional reports to meet the needs of students in our provision.   Students with SEND are identified as those who require additional and above the support usually provided within a differentiated curriculum for the same chronological age.  Such students are registered on the schools SEND register which is regularly reviewed in school and monitored by the Local Authority through the provision map using the Ranges document to identify the level of support currently required for an individual.

All school teaching and support staff participate in continued professional development training for SEND to support them in meeting student’s needs across the school. Subject specialist staff work with all students cross the Academy with support from SEND specialist staff when required.   There is bespoke training for SEND specialist staff driven by identified needs of staff or students.

All students who have an identified SEND have a support plan in place which is accessible to all staff through our provision map.  This is reviewed with parents/carers and appropriate professionals at least annually.

Those children and young people with SEND require additional support above quality first teaching and differentiation in the curriculum to be able to access education and engage with learning in an age related mainstream provision.


The code of practice identifies four broad areas of need:

·         Communication and Interaction.

Speech, language and communications need (SLCN).  This could include those with Autism Spectrum Condition and specific language difficulties.

·         Cognition and Learning.

Learning difficulties which are significantly behind age related expectations. These may be moderate (MLD), Severe (SLD) or profound and multiple (PMLD).

·         Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

Social and emotional difficulties (SEMH) can cover a wide range of difficulties which manifest themselves in many ways and may reflect underlying mental health difficulties.

·         Sensory and /or physical needs.

Sometimes these difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time other difficulties may require ongoing additional support and/or equipment.  These could include vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or multi-sensory impairment (MSI) or another physical disability (PD).


The Local Offer is the Local Authority provision of services and information about services, training and opportunities for professionals and parents/carers for children and young people from 0 – 25 years old with SEND.

Student progress and development is monitored and tracked throughout their school career.  There is an expected rate of progress which is based on past levels of attainment and predicts what might be achievable for that individual.  If the expected rate of progress is not being made or engagement with learning is not as expected then investigation to ascertain potential causes will be undertaken.  This could result in a SEND being identified.  Interventions which are targeted and monitored may be sufficient, but sometimes it can be necessary to have ongoing specialist support or alternative educational opportunities put in place.   This can be achieved through support plans or if more significant and ongoing need is identified then full statutory assessment can be carried out to apply for an EHCp.

Support for students can take a multitude of forms for example interventions in classrooms, small group work or 1:1 interventions with specialist staff.  At all times inclusion is our primary focus and at the heart of our Academy ethos.  When a more specialist approach is required we are fortunate to have the Enhance Resource Provision (ERP) which provides for students with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCp) for Cognition and Learning.  This provision also offers support for mainstream students, such as those requiring more specialist input or those in the process of EHCp assessment.

The ERP has facilities to develop behaviour management strategies with our Behaviour Management staff and a Learning Support Unit with SEND trained staff.  Located within the ERP are specialist teaching and assessment areas used by outside agencies and professionals who are part of our Enhanced Package at Washington Academy. These include speech and language therapist, occupational therapy, school nurses and a counsellor.  There is also a specialist sensory room.

Medical needs may or may not be related to SEND and are co-ordinated by the managing medication team under the responsibility of the SENDCo.  Care plans are individually designed and agreed with parents and/or carers and professionals where appropriate.  There is a designated medical facility in school with identified staff for students to work with.  Information about medical needs is passed to appropriate staff through our provision map information and student plans.

Understanding students needs starts with knowing their current learning ability which is established through close links with primary schools, a carefully planned and monitored transition process and includes base line testing on admission.  There is additional support and extended transition programmes for students with SEND which is tailored to different needs.  This will be discussed with parents or carers and the relevant primary provision when appropriate.

Curriculum transition points are well supported with young people being informed and supported to make relevant choices for Key Stage 4 curriculum choices.  This involves internal careers advisor and external expertise such as Connexions.  Those with EHCp will have a 1:1 connexions interview and attendance of Connexions at their transition EHCp review.

For students transitioning from Washington Academy at key stage 5 there are meetings 1:1 with our careers team, college visits and Connexions interviews with practitioners attending EHCp review meetings for Years 9 and 11.  Students develop skills through practice interviews and college visits to be able to make informed decisions for their key stage 5 education.

Parents/carers and those supporting our young people are highly valued in the Academy.  Together we form the partnership which holds the shared goals of providing the best opportunities for learning and supporting our young people to reach their potential.

We warmly welcome all parents and carers into the Academy and will endeavour to do our best to meet at convenient times, which is best facilitated by arranging appoints through the school office. We recognise that support is most effective if co-ordinated between school and home and we would encourage parents/carers to contact school with any information, advice or queries related to the young people we work with.

The SENDCo at Washington Academy is Mrs Pamela Selden who can be contacted through the school office info@washingtonacademy.co.uk or by telephoning the office 0191 5804956.