Norton College is an inclusive school and we strive to meet the needs of and celebrate a diverse range of students. Students in our school include a broad range of needs including those with: communication and interaction, cognition and learning, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sensory and /or physical needs. We believe passionately that every student can succeed and ASPIRE to be the best they can be and go "Beyond Expectations".
Definitions of special educational needs (SEND) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014.
A child or young person has SEND 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 pupils 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 pupils of the same age in mainstream schools
This policy is designed to ensure that:
- Pupils with SEND have access to a broad and balanced curriculum that maximises the life chances of all
- The needs of all pupils are rapidly identified through observation and assessment
- All pupils are encouraged to learn through a range of enjoyable and stimulating experiences
- All pupils learn to develop independent learning skills so that they will be equipped to deal with life after school
- All pupils are encouraged to see education as a life-long process
- All teachers are teachers of SEND pupils
- Wherever possible, all children are taught in their own class group, and that withdrawal is kept to a minimum
- Resources are allocated flexibly to target and support the students with SEND
- Appropriate training and support are provided for all staff in relation to their responsibilities for meeting the needs of students with SEND
- Effective ways are found to inform and consult with all parents about SEND in school; and to support those parents whose children have SEND
- There are effective lines of communication between all involved: children, staff, parents, governors and other agencies.