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We are pleased to welcome you the SEND Department, here at Tabor Academy. These pages will give you an insight into the values and work of the SEND Department at Tabor. 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.

Role of the SENCO

I am G Goodchild – Colley and my key responsibilities as the SENCO include:

  • Liaising and working together with 2IC; C Ballantyne
  • 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.

Role of LSA

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We have a team of Learning Support Assistants (LSA) who make a valuable contribution to the achievements of students. They may attend a student’s care needs but a high proportion of their role is educational. The key responsibilities of the LSA include:

Support for Students:

  • To provide in class, small group or individual support
  • To offer help, as appropriate, to any student experiencing difficulties
  • To praise, encourage and develop positive relationships
  • To foster the participation of students in the social and academic processes of the school
  • To enable students to become more independent learners
  • To help raise the standards and achievement for all students

Support for Teachers:

  • To help develop effective collaborative working across the curriculum to support SEND students
  • To assist in the preparation of teaching and learning materials for students with SEND
  • To assist in the development and implementation of appropriate systems for recording the progress of students with SEND
  • To assist in the management of the whole class
  • To assist with display work
  • To provide regular feedback to the SENCO

Support for the School:

  • To promote home school liaison for students with SEND
  • To contribute to review procedures for students with SEND
  • To liaise with staff and other relevant professionals and provide information about students as appropriate
  • To contribute to the evaluation of the school’s SEND policy and practice through discussions with relevant staff
  • To attend appropriate in-service training provided by school or LEA
  • To be aware of and follow school policies and procedures
  • To participate in educational visits
  • To attend meetings required for information, planning and development
  • To respect confidentiality at all times

Aims and Ethos

At Tabor 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’s 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 maximise the opportunities for all students including those with SEND to participate in all the activities at the school; and have equal access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated for their needs.
  • To offer high quality support which ensures that all student experience success and have their needs met.
  • To ensure that all teachers are aware it is their responsibility to meet the needs of SEND of students.
  • To remind all staff that any student may encounter difficulties at some stage
  • To seek the views of the student and involve him/her in the process of support.
  • To ensure that every student including those with SEND has his or her particular needs recognised and addressed.
  • To fully involve parents/carers and draw on parental knowledge and expertise in relation to their child
  • To ensure equal opportunities for all students, including those with SEND.
  • To encourage consideration of SEND crosses all curriculum areas and all aspects of teaching and learning.

Careers Advice

We offer careers advice to our students in years 9-13 and a Careers advisor is in school once a week for students to drop in and discuss the possible career pathways suited to them. In addition to this service our students with additional funding and their families have the opportunity to meet with our AIG advisor, from the Transition Pathways Service, to put a plan together for moving on. He also attends the annual reviews from year 9 onward and liaises with local colleges and sixth forms to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Our students have the opportunity to visit some of the local colleges to give them the chance to find out more about their Post-16 options.

Each Autumn Term, the entire Year 11 cohort attend the annual Braintree Careers Fair at Cressing Temple.

Some of our SEND students have gone on to a variety of professions including farming, music and catering.