At Heacham Junior School we promote an inclusive ethos within which we aim to meet the needs of all our students, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and seek to ensure that they fulfil their potential.
We are an inclusive school with a wide range of individual needs and specialist provision. We use a graduated approach to supporting children with additional needs which identifies support when it is needed, which helps children become independent and confident. Our SEND pupils are happy, well included and make great progress, sometimes in smaller steps. Through our inclusive admissions policy, we make sure that children with additional needs can be admitted to our school if it is your chosen preference. We also use our Pupil Premium Funding to support all children with quality training and intervention.
The Norfolk County Council SEND Website gives plenty of information and advice for families wanting help with SEND: NCC SEN D Local Offer Information Website
SEND Team and Contact Details
If you would like to contact our SEND team to discuss any issues you have, please do via the following:
Mrs Teresa Menday: Trust SENCo
Mr D Furzey - Trust Assistant SENCo
Georgie Harris - SEND Administrator
Ms Louise Jackson: Headteacher and SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co Coordinator)
Tel: 01485 571013
Our Approach to SEND
- We believe in participation for all - inclusion. We want all adults and children to participate in learning, and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school, and we aim to be responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interests, experience, knowledge and skills.
- We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach, please see our teaching and learning policy on the school website.
- We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor the progress of all learners, and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.
How we identify SEND
At different times in their school career, a young child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice identifies SEN as:
“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
- Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”
If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier to their learning.
We involve parents/carers every step of the way, and we hope that, through working together, we can ensure your child leaves this school with positive experiences.
You can find out more information about how we work to support learners with SEND in the documents below:
Other Sources of Support
If you need additional information, help or support on SEND please see below:
SEN Support in Mainstream Schools
Norfolk SEND Partnership information and advice service (SENDiass) Norfolk SEND Partnership Home Page (norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk)
Family Voice Norfolk Home – Family Voice Norfolk
SENSational Families SENsational Families | Home
Norfolk and Waveney ASD/ADHD Support Service - https://www.heron.nhs.uk/heron/organisationdetails.aspx?id=23160