At Hareclive E-ACT Academy we understand that in order to work to their full potential, pupils require a range of support. This page aims to help parents understand how they can help their child if they have special educational needs and/or a disability.
Some pupils may require different and additional support in order to access the curriculum. The full range of support and provision can be found in the documents below. The SEN Information report will provide answers to many questions about the support we offer, as well as providing the names and contact details of staff who will be able to help you further.
What are special educational needs?
Usually called SEN, it means that a child has additional needs to the majority of children of their age and that they need extra help at school to achieve their full potential. This could be for a number of reasons and we support these needs in a variety of ways.
What is a disability?
Under the ‘Equality Act 2010’ you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.
We aim to consider the individual needs of each child and work together to try to support every child. This could be for a short period or for much of their time at the academy.
Not all children with SEN are disabled, and not all disabled children have SEN. We follow the guidance in the SEND Code of Practice to help us make sure we do all that we can to meet the needs of our pupils.
As a public authority, we must, in the exercise of our functions, have due regard to the need to—
(a)eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
(b)advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
(c)foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Details of how we do this, and plan to do this further, can be found in our Academy Accessibility Plan below.
How we support our pupils with special educational needs
More information about the way we identify and support our pupils can be found in the SEND Policy. This document helps parents and carers to understand what we do and how we do it, as well as the kind of support that we are able to provide.
Welcoming and preparing for disabled pupils
Where it is practicable to make reasonable adjustments to enable a prospective pupil to take up a place at the Academy and to satisfy the current admissions criteria, the Academy is committed to providing those reasonable adjustments. In order to meet the needs of disabled pupils the Academy requires full information about these needs. The Academy will ask prospective pupils to disclose whether they have received any learning support, have had an educational psychologist’s report or have any disability or other condition of which the Academy should be aware.
Where a pupil has a statement of special educational needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) the Academy will work with the Local Authority (LA) who makes and maintains the statement to ensure that the identified provision is delivered in an appropriate manner in additional to any other stakeholders or professionals involved with the child. In assessing the pupil or prospective pupil, the Academy may need to take advice and require assessments as appropriate. The Academy will be sensitive to any issues of confidentiality.
For more information on Bristol’s Local Offer, the online hub for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs or a disability, click here.