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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

The Inclusion team lead the provision for pupils on the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities list. 

The SENDCO (Mrs Houlder-Jarvis) and the Assistant SENDCo (Mrs Prosser) lead a successful and supportive department.  Our vision for our children who have special educational need (SEN) is to include them in all activities. We aim to empower them by recognising and harnessing their strengths, gifts and talents to foster a ‘love of learning’ and ‘school life’.   

“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding” – Robert John Meehan    

We have developed a thoroughly structured and organised system of interventions to support our SEND children’s learning and progress. This effectively gives them a platform of equity that ensures there is no significant disparity between them and neuro-typical children. Through our excellent pastoral support and academic provision all students should feel prepared for their next steps in life.  

The Inclusion department offers a systematic programme of interventions that run throughout the year, as part of the graduated response; such programmes are carefully planned and highly effective in raising both pupil’s attainment and developing their social, emotional and mental health needs. Within their academic studies we meet the needs of pupils through precision teaching or Quality First Teaching.   

For your child this would mean:   

  • that the teacher has the highest possible expectations for all pupils in their class.   
  • that all teaching builds on what a pupil already knows and is responsive to their needs   
  • responsive teaching is in place to meet the needs of all pupils.   
  • specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo and specialist learning assistant) are in place to support pupil learning.  

We are committed to ensuring we capture the voice of pupils and parents in students preparation for adulthood and ask that all parents of student on the inclusion register engages with the termly meetings that we hold.  

“The Inclusion team listen to what I have to say and give me good ways to feel better. Encourage me and help me feel calmer” 

“I like it and am very grateful for the support” 

Our process 


Who we work with 

  • Pastoral leads within school 
  • ELSA trained staff 
  • Academic support 
  • Counselling 
  • Mercian trust Clinical Team- Having access to this team has cut the waiting time for pupils to see an initial specialist from over two years to one month.  
  • Speech and Language Therapists 
  • Occupational Therapists 
  • Music Therapists 
  • Reflexions  
  • CAMHS 
  • Educational Psychology service 

Extra-curricular offer 

There is a wide range of extra-curricular on offer and students are encourages and supported to attend many lunchtimes clubs and trips. We have a high number of SEND pupils attend these club to support them both socially and physically.  

Homework clubs 

Wellbeing clubs 

SEND information report 

Our Information Report is about providing specific information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers about what services young people and their families can expect from the school and therefore more choice over what support is right for an individual pupil. 


SEND policyAccessibility Plan


Local offer 

Local authorities must publish a local offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have special educational needs (SEN) or are disabled, including those who do not have education, health and care (EHC) plans. In setting out what they ‘expect to be available’, local authorities should include provision which they believe will actually be available. 

The Walsall local offer has two key purposes: 

  • To provide clear, comprehensive, accessible and up-to-date information about the available provision and how to access it, and 
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving disabled children and those with SEN and their parents, and disabled young people and those with SEN, and service providers in its development and review 

(Source SEND Code of Practice 2014) 

Useful Contacts and advice pages 

SEND Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) 

SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is primarily concerned with ensuring that parents, children and young people have easy access to comprehensive, quality and impartial advice to ensure that they are able to properly participate in all education, health and other care decisions. 

The following useful websites may also be of assistance. 

Other useful contacts 

Collection of resources collated by the Inclusion team 
Walsall Local Offer 
Birmingham Local Offer 
Autism West Midlands 
National Autistic Society
Autism and Anxiety
ADHD Foundation Parent Area
Dyslexia Action
Dr Pooky Knightsmith