Inclusion and Special Educational Needs

SEND Provision/Local Offer

Our Primary SENCO at DSLV is Adam Cooper (adam.cooper@e-act.org.uk) and our Senior and  Sixth Form SENCO is Ben Wilson (ben.wilson@e-act.org.uk)

Please click here to view a copy of the local services for children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities

Please click here to view a copy of our Inclusion Policy

We ensure that all students, whatever their individual special needs or disability are given the opportunity to access all facets of school life.

Provision is made that allows our young people to access a diverse social group in a safe environment such as supervised break & lunch clubs open to all.  We engender within our school community the expectation of respect for difference at all times and we celebrate diversity.

 We will make it possible for everybody, regardless of difference in mind or body, to be part of our school community, find their own place in society and achieve their true potential in life.

At DSLV we recognise that some children need increased support to access learning because they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children their age or they have a disability as defined under the Equality Act which affects their ability to access and benefit from the educational opportunities enjoyed by children the same age.

We will ensure that barriers to equal access are removed or can be overcome. We track the progress of all children and monitor to ensure that the support and interventions provided are as effective as possible. We encourage working with parents / carers and other professionals / specialists who can offer further advice and pathways.

We aim:

  To ensure the early identification of all students requiring additional provision or support

  •  To create an environment that meets the individual needs of all learners
  •  To ensure that all students have equal access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that leads to progress
  •  To ensure that all students take as full a part as possible in all academy activities and fulfil their potential as young people
  • To encourage students to develop confidence and required strands of self-esteem and to recognise the value of their own contribution to their learning
  •  To ensure that parents of students with additional or different needs are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment and are engaged in effective communication
  •  To ensure that students are fully involved in their learning and in decisions affecting their provision

 The Inclusion team delivers a number of interventions to support pupil progress:

The Inclusion team work closely with medical practitioners to ensure that students facing medical difficulties are able to access their learning alongside their peers as quickly as possible.  We have a robust Safeguarding system and work quickly to address any concerns, liaising regularly with parents, carers and Social Services if required.

The SEND department offer a wide range of interventions to support children:

  • Statements of Special Educational Need
  • EHCP provision
  • Small group teaching
  • LSA support
  • Listening ears
  • Protected Behaviours
  • SULP
  • Stepping Stones
  • Dyslexia screening
  • Reading spelling age tests
  • Reading mentors
  • Success Maker
  • VI support
  • Protected Break and Lunch club
  • Study Club
  • Additional year 6 transition
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hospital and Outreach links
  • CAMHS links

 Subject Teachers

All teachers are responsible for meeting the needs of all students through the principle of inclusive classrooms, ensuring suitable learning challenges are set, responding to children’s diverse needs and overcoming potential barriers to learning. In collaboration with the Inclusion and SEND department, they will ensure that those students requiring different or additional support are identified at an early stage. It is essential that if a teacher teaches a student with additional needs, they are familiar with the nature of those additional needs and that they are accountable for meeting those needs effectively. Information and support can be provided by The Inclusion and SEND department.

Pupils with Statements of Educational Needs or EHCP

All Statemented/EHCP pupils have a Key Worker; this is a member of SEND team. It is their responsibility to support the coordination of the support for each pupil.

Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/Education, Health and Care Plan will have an individualised provision that outlines the individual interventions related to the objectives on their statements/EHCPS, these will be reviewed at each Annual Review. All relevant information for Statemented/EHCP students will be attached to linked documents as profiles in SIMS and the profiles will also be given to teachers as hard copies.

Advice and Support

Any pupil identified as needing additional or different support despite the actions taken by members of staff through the normal discourse of academic tracking and guidance may be referred to The Inclusion and SEND team to discuss and advise on the most relevant course of action.


Senior & Sixth Form t: 01327 313400
Primary & Nursery t: 01327 313400 | e: enquiries@dslv.org.uk
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