Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Vision & Values

At Whickham School, we value all of our pupils and ensure that they are seen as individuals with differing interests, knowledge, skills and needs. We have an inclusive ethos and strive to increase the learning and participation of all pupils, ensuring access to an appropriate curriculum.

SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) is seen as a whole-school issue, hence the responsibility of everyone. Every teacher is a teacher of every young person, including those with SEND or any other additional need. We work closely with our children, families and a wide range of professionals to ensure the best possible educational outcomes.

Identifying Special Educational Needs

As a school, we identify the needs of pupils by considering the holistic needs of the child, not just the special educational needs.

The SEND Code of Practice (DfE 2014) describes four main categories of need. These are:

  • Communication and Interaction (e.g. speech / language delay, HI, features of ASD);
  • Cognition and Learning (e.g. moderate, severe, profound or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia)
  • Social, Mental and Emotional Health (e.g. children who may be withdrawn or isolated, disruptive or disturbing, hyperactive of lacking concentration)
  • Sensory and / or Physical Needs (e.g. sensory, multisensory and physical difficulties)

Co-ordination of provision for students with SEND

Provision for pupils with SEND is coordinated by the SENDCo in conjunction with Faculty and Pastoral leaders.

Pupils are supported by a team of specialist teaching assistants.

Strategic oversight comes from an Assistant Headteacher and the Governing Body monitors the effectiveness of SEND provision.

  • Assistant Headteacher / Strategic Lead for SEND – Dan Crosland
  • SENDCo – Andy Purvis
  • SEND Administration Assistant – Maxine Dickinson
  • Senior Teaching Assistant (Literacy) – Rich Oram
  • Senior Teaching Assistant (Numeracy) – Suk Sarkar
  • Senior Teaching Assistant (SEMH) – Michelle French
  • Senior Teaching Assistant (ASD) – Joanne Wilson
  • Teaching Assistants – Danielle Elliott, Kristy Martin, Jill Hammerton, Helen Mason, Amy Driver, Holly Harris
  • Apprentice Teaching Assistants – Catherine McConville, Morgan French, Sophie Cartwright, Kate Gordon
  • Specialist Dyslexia Teacher– Caroline Ford
  • Exam Concessions Coordinator – Amanda Gowland

The Governing Body monitors the effectiveness of SEND. The link governor for 2021-22 is Vicky Mcleod. Governors are aware of the Code of Practice and the arrangements in school for responding to this.

SEND Policy & SEND Information Report

For more detailed information about SEND provision, procedures and policies at Whickham School, please follow the following links: