All Sunderland Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and are supported by the LA to ensure that all students, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting where possible.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.

The Children and Families Bill came into force in 2014.  From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with SEND under the age of 25.  This is the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families.  It will also be an important provision in the local area.

The school SEN information report utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND students as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet.

Our SEN information report is information for parents/carers and students which outlines the support and provision that they can expect to receive at Washington School.

Information received from your child’s primary school or previous school, is the main way in which Washington School staff are made aware of a special educational need.  We also use information from any other agency working with your child or your family, and any information you may tell us about.  Staff are very conscious of a child’s needs and regularly pass on concerns to the SENDCO.  The SENDCO co-ordinates all support for the inclusion needs of all students.

If you have concerns that your child may have a special educational need you should talk to our school’s SEND co-ordinator (SENDCO).  The SENDCO will refer to the SEN code of practice.

  • Educational Psychology Service
  • Autism Outreach Team
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Ear 4 U counselling service provided by Respect
  • Attendance Team
  • Connexions
  • School nurse
  • Behaviour Intervention Team
  • Wear Kids
  • Youth Offending Service
  • YDAP
  • Medical professionals including the school nurse service, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, ADHD nurse specialist, paediatric consultants, Children and Young Peoples Service (CYPS) and hearing services.  Other medical agencies may be asked to be involved with your child during their time at Washington depending on the nature of their SEND.

The SEND team’s role is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEND.  The school has an annual training plan for all staff to improve the quality of teaching and learning for all children including all those with a SEND.  Training is delivered by school staff and other agencies.  Individual teachers and support staff have the flexibility to attend training courses relevant to their own needs or the needs of specific children.  In addition we have staff who have specific training in:

  • Dyslexia
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Social, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders
  • Specialised Exam access arrangements
  • First aid
  • Safeguarding

You will be informed about your child’s progress via subject teachers, progress updates, SEN reviews.  As a school we use PIVAT and national progress measures with targets set appropriate to your child’s ability based on Key Stage 2 data.  Teaching and supporting SEND students is a whole school responsibility.  We aim to identify any additional needs as early as possible.

The transition team will regularly visit your child’s school while they are in primary school in order to understand how your child learns best and how they can be supported at Washington.  Your child’s primary school will receive information inviting your child to transition days and ongoing events during the school year.  Connexions and links to college will take place during Key Stage Four to aid transition to Post 16 placements.  Primary school staff will also meet with the SENDCO and bring to their attention any concerns about the particular need of a child.

Washington School has a Curriculum Access Provision within the main body of the school.  This provision caters for pupils with educational health care plans (EHCP) from Years 7-11.  The SENDCO also co-ordinates additional adult support, intervention, tracking and work with outside agencies.  Exam Access arrangements such as support with reading or extra time will be applied for if necessary.  The curriculum is intended to be as fully integrated within the school as possible.  Any medical needs are coordinated by the managing medication team.

We have adopted a whole school approach to SEND policy and practice.  Pupils identified as having SEND are as far as practicable, fully integrated into mainstream classes.  Staff have received extensive training on how to cater their teaching to the different needs of all learners.  A personalised approach to learning with relevant support, intervention and adjustments will help to maximise your child’s learning, this may include support in class by teacher/subject teacher through relevant differentiated curriculum periods of withdrawal or catch up sessions, in class support from adults or support from other professionals, support will be monitored and adjusted as required.

  • Breakfast club
  • Homework club
  • Lunchtime homework support
  • Summer school (transition from Year 6 to Year 7)
  • After school clubs
  • Anti Bullying Mentor team
  • Reading and Digital Advocates
  • Librarians
  • School Council

We value partnership between parents/carers and ourselves:

  • Attending parents evenings and meetings with staff
  • Attending medical appointments and / or parent courses relating to your child’s needs
  •  Supporting your child with homework
  • Writing in your child’s planner about news and activities at home
  • Providing school with information regarding appointments or medical updates
  • Using curriculum / subject advice from subject teachers
  • Encouraging 100% attendance
  • Participate in the decision making process affecting your child
  • Encourage your child to participate in the decision making process affecting themselves

You can contact school and speak to the SENDCO, Head of Progress, Senior Head of House or Head of House.