At Tabor Academy we recognise the importance of caring for every student in our learning community. We value the diversity within the school and provide care and support to enhance every child’s school experience. We recognise and respect that every student is different and support networks are in place to help every student reach their potential.
Message from the Learning Support Department:
We are pleased to welcome you the SEND Department. These pages will give you an insight into the values and work of the LEARNING SUPPORT DEPARTMENT at Tabor Academy.
The SENCO, in collaboration with the head teacher and governing body, plays a key role in determining the strategic development of the SEND policy and provision in the school in order to raise the achievement of children with SEND.
Tabor Academy’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is Miss Metson.
The SENCOs key responsibilities include:
- Liaising with Mrs Ballantyne, second in charge of SEND
- Overseeing the day to day operation of the school’s SEND policy
- Liaising with and advising teachers
- Managing the SEND team of teachers and learning support assistants
- Coordinating the provision for students with special educational needs
- Overseeing the records on all students with special educational needs
- Liaising with parents of students with special educational needs
- Contributing to the in-service training of staff
- Liaising with external support agencies
To get in contact, please ring the school reception on 01376 323701, and then ask to be put through to SEND.
Aims and Ethos
At Tabor Academy we value all students equally. Our guiding principle is one of Inclusion. We want to identify and break down possible barriers to learning.
The aim of Tabor Academy SEND policy is to develop a system of support, which enables students with special educational needs to make the greatest possible progress. The support systems are based on comprehensive whole school systems of monitoring, assessment and intervention.
Objectives in making provision for pupils with SEND
- To ensure that all students including those with difficulties and disabilities have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to identify individual needs and abilities.
- To ensure that all teachers are aware it is their responsibility to meet the special educational needs of students. In this they can draw on the resources of the whole school.
- To ensure that every student has his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.
- To seek the views of the student and involve him/her in the process of support.
- To offer the high quality support to ensure that all student needs are met.
- To fully involve parents/carers in the process of provision for the student.
- To acknowledge and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child.
- To ensure the aims of education for students with difficulties and disabilities are the same as those for all students.
- To maximise the opportunities for students with special educational needs to participate in all the activities of the school.
- To enable all students to experience success.
- To ensure that consideration of SEND crosses all curriculum areas and all aspect of teaching and learning.
- To ensure that all teachers encompass the good special needs practice which is beneficial for all students.
- To ensure awareness amongst staff that any student may encounter difficulties at some stage