SEND Information Report

Maiden Beech Academy's Local Offer of SEND Provision

Lyme Road, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 8HG
Tel: 01460 72677 Email:

Maiden Beech Academy is a 9 -13 middle deemed secondary school where we value every child as an individual and are keen to develop good working relationships with parent carers. We value parent carer knowledge and support, and aim to develop our current local offer of provision with them; we recognise that parents are the experts when it comes to their son or daughter.

We pride ourselves on our reputation as a welcoming and friendly academy and would encourage any potential parents to come and visit us and experience the school first hand.

What is SEND ?

A child or young person is said to have a Special Educational Need (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory academy age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or, has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream academys or mainstream post-16 institutions.

There are four broad areas of SEND which give an overview of the range of needs. The purpose of identifying which area of SEN a child has difficulties in, is to work out what action the academy needs to take, not to fit a pupil into a category. In practice, individual children or young people often have needs that cut across all these areas and their needs may change over time.

The four areas of SEN are:
  1. Communication and Interaction, including children with speech, language and communication needs, and those with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Cognition and Learning, including children and young people who learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation and those with a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  3. Social, Emotional and Mental Heath Difficulties including children and young people with attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and attachment disorder.
  4. Sensory and/or Physical Needs including children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) multi-sensory impairment (MSI) or physical disability (PD) which requires specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning.
Frequently Asked Questions

How do you identify children/young people with SEND?

Many children are already identified by their first school before they arrive at Maiden Beech Academy, and close links are established with these schools, so that all important information is passed on to us before the children arrive. On arrival at Maiden Beech Academy and annually thereafter all children are screened for reading, spelling and maths so that we may identify some children who need help, who have not previously been identified - or those whose needs may have changed.

Close contact is maintained with all staff, so that any mismatch in pupil ability and achievement that is not identified through the above procedure, can be discussed, and any necessary course of action can be implemented. Initial specific assessments may be carried out with a child to aid the referral to the correct external agency (and provide more information for the referral if necessary). If it is then deemed appropriate, advice is sought from external agencies (see Section C 'Who are the other people providing services to children with an SEN in this academy?') who may agree to meet and assess a child, following information being provided by academy/home.

Those pupils with behavioural problems will also be identified and supported accordingly. A separate Student Services team deal directly with these children on a daily basis, supporting those children with behaviour issues, which impact on their learning. In accordance with the Academy's Achievement Folder, children who receive 15 behaviour points over 5 consecutive days are placed on a PIP (Personal Improvement Plan) and monitored on a daily basis; this information is shard with parents and carers.

Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child's difficulties with learning/Special Educational Needs?

  • The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) Allie Biddle has the overall responsibility for provision for those with Special Educational Needs.
Allie Biddle will:
  • Coordinate all the support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and develop the academy's SEN Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in academy.
  • Ensure that you are:
    • involved in supporting your child's learning
    • kept informed about the support your child is getting
    • involved in reviewing how they are doing
    • part of planning ahead for them.
    • Liaise with all the other people who may be coming into academy to help support your child's learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology etc...
    • Update the academy's SEN register (a system for ensuring all the SEN needs of pupils in this academy are known) and make sure that there are excellent records of your child's progress and needs.
    • Provide specialist support for teachers and support staff so they can help your child, (and other pupils with SEN in the academy) achieve the best possible progress in academy.
Tutors/Subject Teachers will:
  • Check on and monitor the progress of your child and identify any additional help your child may need, letting the SENCO know as necessary.
  • Use Pupil Passports when planning for your child's lessons.
Headteacher - Carl Winch will:
  • Oversee the day to day management of all aspects of the academy which includes the support for children with SEND.
  • Give responsibility to the SENCO and class/subject teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child's needs are met.
  • Make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the academy relating to SEND.
SEND Governor – Jonathan James (Chair of Governors) will :
  • Make sure that the necessary support is made for any child who attends the academy who has SEN.

How could my child get help at Maiden Beech Academy?

Children in Maiden Beech Academy will get support that is specific to their individual needs. This may be all provided by the class teacher or may involve other members of staff within the Academy, colleagues from the Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust (BTCT), staff from the Local Authority central services or staff from outside agencies such as the Occupational Therapy Service.

What are the different types of support available for children with SEN at Maiden Beech Academy?

Quality First Teaching

Quality First Teaching is Maiden Beech Academy's provision made available to all students and recognises that all teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs (SEN). Most students will make progress through the normal differentiated 'Quality First Teaching' curriculum offered to all students which includes national literacy, numeracy and social inclusion initiatives to raise achievement. Quality First Teaching ensures that the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class and will ensure that all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand. Teachers will put in place different ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning and specific strategies suggested by the SENCO or outside staff. Teachers may feel that a child is best supported in a smaller group for spelling or mental maths lessons and may ask a support assistant to work in a small group with those selected pupils; however, the teacher retains the overall responsibility for the quality of provision provided.

SEN Support (SS)
When a child needs support additional to or different from the normal differentiated curriculum and Quality First Teaching, SEN support will be provided. This may be provided in a number of ways, depending on the specific needs of the child:

Access to Learning and the Curriculum

  • Specific and targeted support from a Learning Support Assistant within the classroom environment
  • Speech and Language Therapy work delivered by support staff following Speech and Language Therapist advice
  • Focused reading lessons, with group or paired reading
  • Individual Literacy Intervention (ILI)
  • Pupil Passports
  • Maths Counts – a specific numeracy intervention
  • Care plans for students with medical needs
  • • English and maths small group support – a provision for Key Stage 2 children (years 5 and 6)

Pastoral Support

  • Members of staff allocated as class tutors
  • Lunchtime clubs (currently not taking place because of COVID-19)
  • 1:1 Mentoring with Student Services Staff for anger management, self-esteem, behaviour and social difficulties.
  • Transition support, visits and events
  • Regular contact and liaison with parents as necessary
  • Academy sanctions and reward system as set out in academy Behaviour Policy
  • Personal Support Plan (PSP) report process
  • Quiet areas/bean bag room to go at break and lunch times (currently not taking place because of COVID-19)
  • Pupil Passports – we aim to review these regularly.

Increasing accessibility - getting about safely

  • Maiden Beech Academy's site is completely wheelchair accessible, with a lift available for use to the top floor of the main building
  • Maiden Beech Academy's site is adapted with white markings to aid the access and mobility of those with visual impairment
  • Advice of professionals disseminated and followed
  • Use of any recommended equipment
  • Specialist equipment as required on an individual basis to access the curriculum

Specific Individual Support

The Education, Health and Care plan is available for children and young people from age 0-25 who have severe, complex and lifelong special educational needs and disabilities, and will be issued following a detailed assessment of education, health and social care needs, agreed by a multi-agency group of professionals. Individual support will be provided for those children with an EHC in accordance with the guidance set out in the plan regarding the child's needs, targets and the specific provision required.

How can I let Maiden Beech Academy know I am concerned about my child's progress?

  • If you have concerns about your child's progress you should contact your child's tutor via the Parent Portal or email the main office:
  • If you are then not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak progress you should speak to the SENCO:
  • If you are still not happy that the concerns are being managed and that your child is still not making progress you should speak to the Headteacher - Carl Winch:
  • If you are still not happy you can speak to the academy SEN Governor/ Chair of Governors – Jonathan James.
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How will maiden Beech Academy let me know if they have any concerns about my child's learning?

When a teacher or a parent has raised concerns about your child's progress, and targeted teaching has not met the child's needs, the teacher must raise this with the SENCO.

At Maiden Beech Academy all children have termly reports formulated, of which parents receive a copy. From these reports, progress is scrutinised by Heads of Departments which are in turn, closely monitored by the Senior Leadership Team. Once a year, parents are also given the opportunity to come into academy for a Parent Consultation Meeting where they can meet with their child's form tutor to discuss their progress. The SENCO is also available on these evenings.

Although these procedures are in place, if a parent has any questions about their child's progress, they are more than welcome, at any time, to contact the academy and ask to speak to the relevant members of staff (laid out in the previous section).

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How is extra support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels?

Maiden Beech Academy's budget includes money for supporting children with SEND. The CEO decides on the budget for Special Educational Needs in consultation with the Board of Trustees, on the basis of needs in the Academy.

The Headteacher and the SENCO discuss all the information they have about SEN in the Academy, including: the children getting extra support already, the children needing extra support and the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected. They then decide what resources/training and support is needed using the

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Who are the other people providing services to children with an SEN in this academy?

Maiden Beech Academy works closely with the following services to provide advice in specialist areas.
  • The BTCT SEND team
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Learning Support Service Advisory Teacher
  • EAO (Education Attendance Officer)
  • School Nurse Team
  • Advisory Teacher for Autism & Communication
  • PFSA (Parent Family Support Advisor)
  • Visually Impaired Support Service
  • Hearing Impaired Support Service
  • Integrated Therapy Service:
    • Paediatric Occupational Therapist
    • Paediatric Physiotherapists
    • Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist
    • Therapy Support Practitioners
Any contact with outside agencies about specific pupils is only made with parental, SENCO and Headteacher consent.
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How are the teachers at Maiden Beech Academy supported to work with children with a SEN and what training do they have?

The SENCO's job is to support the teachers in planning for children with SEND and the Academy has a training plan for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND. This includes whole school training on SEND issues, such as ASD, dyslexia etc. Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class e.g. from the Hearing Support Service, NHS.

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How will the teaching be adapted for my child with learning needs (SEN)?

Teachers plan their lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that the needs of a child with SEND are met. Support staff will support your child's learning in the classroom where appropriate and specific resources and strategies will be used to support them individually and in groups. Planning and teaching will be adapted on a daily basis if needed to meet your child's learning needs. Children that have SEN support will also have a Pupil Passport which provides staff information about the child's needs, strategies to support them and the targets that they are working towards. Each child is treated as an individual and the Academy will make, even the smallest of changes to support a child in their learning; whether it be providing a time out card for those who may struggle regulating their behaviour or emotions, or allowing a child who has significant difficulties regarding the school bell to leave 5 minutes early from a classroom in which a bell is located.

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How will we measure the progress of your child in at Maiden Beech Academy?

Your child's progress is continually monitored by his/her teachers, tutors and the SLT. His/her progress is reviewed formally every term using teacher assessment data. If your child is has not yet reached age attainment, they will be assessed using a range of internal school measures.

As mentioned above, children that have SEND support will also have a Pupil Passport. This will be reviewed throughout the academic year to assess whether targets have been met, and set new ones. The progress of children with a EHC Plan is formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child's education (including parents). The SENCO will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work and in any group that they take part in.

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What support do we have for you as a parent of child with a SEN?

As previously mentioned, if a parent has any questions about their child's progress, they are more than welcome, at any time, to contact Maiden Beech Academy and ask to speak to the relevant members of staff. We would like you to talk to your child's teachers and tutors regularly so we know what they are doing at home and we can tell you about what we are doing in academy. We hope this will make sure that we are doing similar things to support your child both at home and Maiden Beech Academy and can share what is working in both places.

Members of the Student Services Team are available to meet with you to discuss your child's progress or any concerns/worries you may have:

  • SENCO – Allie Biddles
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) – Carl Winch
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator & Deputy DSL - Kate Stubbins
  • Behaviour Support Assistant - Sam Paull

All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report. The SENCO will also arrange to meet with you to discuss any new assessments and ideas suggested by outside agencies for your child. Pupil Passports will be reviewed with your child and any updates will be sent to you.

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How will we support your child when they are leaving Maiden Beech Academy, OR moving to another Year?

We recognise that 'moving on' can be difficult for a child with SEND and take steps to ensure that any transition is as smooth as possible. Kate Stubbins (Pastoral Care Coordinator) oversees the transition of children entering Maiden Beech in Year 5 from first schools and also the transfer of our Year 8 pupils to their chosen secondary schools. Through close liaison with other schools, the opportunity is available for children to have additional visits both to Maiden Beech and Wadham (our catchment secondary school). The SENCO meets with both first school and secondary school SENCOs and class teachers to discuss each child and his or her needs. Where it is deemed to be helpful (and where possible) the Academy can provide a child with their timetable for September during the summer holidays. The Academy can also provide visual timetables and are happy to meet with parents or carers prior to their child starting with the school. Maiden Beech also provides the opportunity for parents or carers to attend a 'Meet the Team' evening where they can become more familiar with key members of staff, putting a face to the name, (Headteacher, other members of SLT, and the Student Services team) and to ask any questions they may have.

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What extra opportunities can you offer, for my child to play a full part in Maiden Beech Academy life?

A full list of extra curricular activities provided at break, lunch time and after academy (sports, music, drama, dance.etc) is available for all children.

Maiden Beech offers a number of opportunities to encourage children to develop themselves in extra-curricular activities. We provide Gifted and Talented opportunities e.g. 'The Big Bang' project in Science, Geography events/trips, and additional English workshops.

Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHEE) is also included in our curriculum. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, emotional and physical awareness of all pupils. Citizenship gives the pupils the understanding, knowledge and skills to play an effective role in society. It helps them to become responsible citizens and have an awareness of their duties and rights. We endeavour to help pupils become more confident and responsible both in and beyond the classroom by encouraging them to play an active role in Maiden Beech Academy life, their neighbourhood, community and the wider world.

We hope that children will develop self-discipline, self-reliance and self-respect, as well as respect for their peers, adults and those in authority.

As Citizenship permeates throughout Maiden Beech Academy, it offers many interesting opportunities for pupils to experience. Classes have visits from the police liaison officer and outside visitors for Alcohol and Bullying presentations, theatre visits and they embark on educational visits. We support various charities and have an evolving pupil voice (school council) where elected members discuss issues concerning Maiden Beech Academy and the local community half-termly. PSHCEE days occur every term dedicated to 'Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education', where the children learn, through fun activities, all about democracy, charities, fundraising, cultural awareness, staying healthy, economic awareness, safety, cultural diversity and careers.

A full list of extra-curricular activities provided at break, lunch time and after academy (sports, music, drama, dance etc.) is available for all children and parents. These activities are open to all children and reflect he inclusive philosophy of the school.

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Updated December 2020

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