Definition of SEND

Students have special educational needs if they experience a barrier to the progress in school which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. At Orsett Heath Academy, special educational provision means any provision which is additional to, or different from, the educational provision made generally for students of their age.

Orsett Heath Academy’s Approach

Orsett Heath Academy’s approach to SEND is to raise the aspirations of, and expectations for, all pupils with SEN and / or disability so that all pupils can enjoy school and achieve their full potential.

All of our teaching staff are responsible for supporting SEND students to access the curriculum and have continuous training to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of SEND needs. In addition to this, our school collaborates with external agencies that provide advice, guidance and intervention when needed.

We believe that SEND provision is not simply providing hours of support in lessons, but a much wider approach. Therefore, in addition to the general provision of in-class support, we offer personalised IAG, access arrangements, small group and 1:1 emotional and social skills support, extra support for literacy difficulties, memory work, handwriting, and an understanding for young people of any diagnoses they may have.

Orsett Heath Academy’s SEND objectives:

  • to identify and provide appropriate support for pupils who have special educational needs and additional needs;
  • to fully involve parents/carers in the process of provision for the child;
  • to work within the guidance provided by the SEND Code of Practice 2015;
  • to operate an ‘assess-plan-do-review’ approach to the management and provision of support for special educational needs, within a ‘whole pupil, whole school’ ethos;
  • to provide a SENDCo who will manage and develop the provision for SEND pupils;
  • to provide support and advice for all staff working with special educational needs pupils.

Role of the SENDCo at Orsett Heath Academy:

Assistant Headteacher/ SENDCo – Mrs S. Rushworth

  • overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy;
  • leading in the early identification of students with possible learning needs;
  • liaising with and advising teachers;
  • managing a team of teaching assistants;
  • coordinating the provision for pupils with special educational needs;
  • overseeing the records of all pupils with special educational needs;
  • liaising with parents of pupils with special educational needs;
  • contributing to the in-service training of staff;
  • liaising with external support agencies;
  • to work within the guidance provided by the SEND Code of Practice 2015.

Role of the Teaching Assistant at Orsett Heath Academy:

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

If you have any questions about special educational needs or disabilities please contact the school office on 01375 802800

Useful websites

Thurrock’s SEND Local offer can be accessed HERE.

You will also find the following areas:

  • ‘Your Aspiration, Our Priority – the podcast from Thurrock SEND
  • SEN in Focus
  • Competitions
  • ‘We are Listening’
  • ‘SEND Development’

An Easy Read guide for children and families on SEND support, can also be found HERE.

To view our SEND Policy 2022 – Please click HERE

To view our SEND Local Offer Information 2022 – Please click HERE

To view our Accessibility Plan 2022 – Please click HERE