Special Educational Needs​

SEN Information Report

Produced in line with the recommendation from the SEN Code of Practice 2014, Chapter 6

1: Special Educational Needs that are provided for 

The school provides for students with a wide range of Special Educational Needs. We operate an inclusive mainstream model of provision. Our students with Special Educational Needs are not taught separately from the mainstream.

2: Identification of students and young people with SEN, assessing needs and contact details of the SENCo

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – Miss A Jones

Lead Advanced Teaching Assistants – to be contacted in the first instance:

Year 7: M Dennis

Year 8: A Dobson

Year 9: L Bramham

Year 10: S Teece

Year 11: M Hewitt / A Hazelton

Staff can be contacted via telephone: 01423 866061

Identification of Special Educational Needs is made through:

  • liaison with feeder primaries;
  • receipt of transition information from the Local Authority;
  • monitoring of progress data through Learning Cycle processes;
  • monitoring through meetings with a focus on students who are vulnerable learners;
  • regular liaison with Learning Managers and subject leaders;
  • feedback from teaching assistants;
  • feedback from and discussion with parents;
  • discussion with students.


The Learning Support Department uses a range of standardised and non-standardised  assessments to clarify and identify a range of needs across learning, social and emotional domains.

3: Arrangements for consulting parents of students with SEN and involving them in their child´s education

The school and department welcome contact from parents. Advanced Teaching Assistants within the Learning Support Department work closely with students in a designated year group and provide an increased opportunity for parents to liaise with a staff member who knows their child well.  We actively collaborate with parent groups and host Parent Coffee Mornings and ‘Tea At Two’.

Parents are invited to take a proactive role in participation at review meetings; where students have an Education, Health and Care Plan formal consultations take place annually in line with the SEND Code of Practice.

4: Arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education

Students are consulted using the Learning Support Student Council forum.  Students are invited to attend meetings as appropriate where their progress is being discussed. Students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan are formally consulted annually.

5: Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children and young people´s progress towards outcomes

Students´ progress is assessed and reviewed by school staff every 9 weeks through the Learning Cycle process. Where students have intervention programmes which are additional and different, student progress is reviewed by the SENCO and/or the Learning Manager and/or Head of Department in line with the graduated approach outlined in the Code of Practice.  Progress relating to outcomes in relation to a student’s Educational, Health and Care Plan is formally reviewed at least annually.

6: Arrangements for supporting children and young people in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood

Transition from Primary to Secondary School: The SENCo, the Director of Key Stage 3, the Year 7 Learning Manager, Pastoral Support Officer and the Advanced Teaching Assistant for Year 7 visit primary schools and meet with staff and students. Where students have an Education, Health and Care Plan staff from the Learning Support Department attend year 6 Annual Review meetings.  The Learning Support Department hold three additional transition days for students with special educational needs and a coffee morning for parents.  Students are invited to school in July to participate in the school INTAKE days.  Additional, bespoke transition activities and visits are arranged to meet the individual needs of the students transferring to the school.

Other key transition points: individual discussions with students and parents; students are offered additional interviews with the Careers and Alternative Curriculum Manager; accompanied visits to post-16 providers; highly personalised transition planning based on individual student need. The school has established strong links with post- 16 providers including Harrogate College, York College, Askham Bryan College; Ripon Evolve and local work experience and apprenticeship providers.

For students with an Education, Health and Care Plan, transition reviews from Year 9 are attended by the Careers and Alternative Curriculum Manager.

Where students transfer into King James’s School sixth form and we are made aware of student need, the Sixth Form Pastoral Officer, working with the SENCo, will liaise with the students’ previous school, meet with students and their parents and organises transition events.  Where invited, the SENCo will attend year 11 Educational, Health and Care Plan review meetings.

7: The approach to teaching children and young people with SEN

In line with the SEND Code of Practice all students are included in lessons across the curriculum.  Time limited specialist Intervention programmes are delivered based on individual need.  Subject teachers plan lessons which are differentiated to help meet student need, with a focus on Universal Entitlement: Wave 1 provision.

8: How adaptations are made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people

The majority of students follow a mainstream curriculum. Personalised adaptations are made according to individual need. Students with the highest levels of need may be taught within the Student Support Group for some lessons. The School provides facilities in line with the Disability Act to meet the requirements of those students with more complex needs and is prepared to make reasonable adjustments according to individual student need.

9: The expertise and training of staff to support children and young people with SEN

The Learning Support Department has a high level of expertise and training. The SENCO has a Specialist Teacher qualification for teaching students with Specific Learning Difficulties and a Masters Level Degree in Special Educational Needs.  Additional staff within the LS Department are qualified to NVQ levels 2 and 3.  Other staff in school have qualifications and received training in a range of areas including: Social, Emotional and Mental Health; Attachment Difficulties; pastoral care; emotional health and well being.

Members of the Learning Support Department and staff who work within the pastoral framework are qualified and experienced to deliver in- house training on a range of special educational needs to teaching and support staff.

Any additional specialist expertise is sought and secured from the wider North Yorkshire Specialist Network of services.

10: Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision made for children and young people with SEN

The progress of all students, including those with SEND, is evaluated every 9 weeks thorough rigorous data monitoring.

The effectiveness of time limited Intervention programmes are evaluated by staff and students.

11: How children and young people with SEND are enabled to engage in activities available with children and young people in the school who do not have SEN

All extra-curricular activities are open to all students. Where activities are provided for students with SEND, students without SEND are welcome to attend.

12: Support for improving social and emotional development. This should include extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of children and young people with SEN and measures to prevent bullying

The school invests in a wide range of pastoral roles and the employment of Advanced Teaching Assistants within the Learning Support Department whose remit has a focus on social and personal development.

The work of the school’s Family Liaison Officer, the School Nurse and the Inclusion and Referral Manager supports students’ social and emotional needs.

The school engages with outside agencies who support students with social and emotional needs, such as CAMHS, Arch and JustBe.

SEND awareness and anti- bullying is incorporated into the whole school PHSCEE programme and Assemblies.

The Learning Support Department runs a ‘Good Morning’ Club and operates a Quiet Room for more vulnerable students. Support staff are available every break and lunchtime to meet with students.

Students with SEND are invited to join the Learning Support School Council group where issues concerning and relating to students with SEND can be shared and discussed.

Students may be offered a mentor with whom they can meet on a regular basis.

Assemblies which have an anti-bullying message and focus on individuals´ differences are delivered by Learning Support and pastoral staff.

Students participate throughout the year in fund raising activities to support associated charities.

13: How the school involves other bodies in meeting children and young people´s SEN and supporting their families

The school has established strong links with outside agencies. We work closely with colleagues in education, health, social care and careers including agencies such as CAMHS, Local Authority Support and SEND Teams, The Early Help Service, Arch Mediation, JustBe, Medical Teams.  Outside agency representatives are invited to play a role in the Annual Reviews of students’ Education, Health and Care Plans.

14: Concerns

If you have any concerns about the provision made for a student with SEND, the first point of contact is the Lead Advanced Teaching Assistant for the student´s year group.  Parents are also welcome to contact Miss A Jones, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).

15: Local Offer

The school supports the Local Offer of the Local Authority. The North Yorkshire Local Offer can be accessed by using the following link: http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/26714/The-North-Yorkshire-County-Council-local-offer