SEN Local Offer
North Cambridge Academy offer work in progress
Who we are:
North Cambridge Academy enshrine five core values: pursuing excellence; valuing people; achievement for all; outstanding experiences and extending boundaries. The Academy will be in the community, of the community and for the community. It will be an academy for all young people, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, faith, creed, ability or disability.
As an inclusive academy, much of the support for students with special educational needs (SEN) is delivered in the classroom. There are various Teaching Assistants (TAs) allocated to departments within the Inclusion Team who support this process. If withdrawal is required, the school has a School of Core Achievement (SCA) whereby teachers and TAs deliver interventions to raise attainment of those who require extra support.
What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
North Cambridge Academy work with a wide range of external partners, professionals and agencies. These include:
The Educational Psychology Service, School Nursing Service, Hearing Impairment Service, Visual Impairment Service, Occupational Therapy Services, Autism Outreach Team, The Child Protection Service, Social Services, The Educational Welfare Service, Educational Team for Looked After Children (ETLAC), Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Romsey Mill, Centre 33.
What training and experience have the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities had or having?
All staff have opportunities for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Individual SEN training needs are identified as part of the identification of CPD linked to performance management. Identified whole staff training for SEN takes place at appropriate points within the school year, recent training for teachers has included: the effective use of a TA; effective differentiation; and positive behaviour management strategies.
There is also training provided for Teaching Assistants (TAs) which reflects the department they are in, and the needs of the students in the school. A comprehensive training schedule has been designed for the academic year, via internal and external agencies to include modules such as: Dyslexia; exam access arrangements and ADHD.
The Academy has a duty to ensure that the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the Academy’s curriculum and the wider life of the Academy is not disadvantaged by the physical environment and that reasonable adjustments are made. This may involve re-siting lessons, adapting timings of activities and adjusting activities to be inclusive wherever possible. The Academy also provides the following facilities: accessible toilet; accessible changing facilities and a ramp.
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