Special Educational Needs (SEN)




Click on the link to see our latest SEN Annual Report:

 2016 2017 SEN Annual Report


Our Offer at Glebe Academy:

Our vision statement is the back drop for all we do in school, including our work with our pupils with additional learning needs. This document gives families information about the variety of ways we ensure we support our children with special educational needs (SEN) to achieve their potential. We provide a full range of educational and pastoral support to all and our pupils with SEN make very good progress. The information here is general; each child is an individual and will receive unique provision and resources where necessary.

There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEN:

  • They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
  • They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
  • They have emotional or mental health difficulties.
  • They have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
  • They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example visual impairment.

Summary of Provision for Children with Additional Needs

For all pupils at Glebe Academy who have an additional need we:

  • Value and recognise the expert role families play in their pupil’s lives and work closely in partnership with them.
  • Employ a Director of Achievement (Special Educational Needs Coordinator-Mrs Green) to lead on SEN provision across the school.
  • Deliver high quality teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure pupil can access the learning.
  • Use pupil-friendly targets and needs-based School Support Target Sheets (IEPs). We involve pupils, parents and staff to write, implement and review them.
  • Assess and review the learning of our SEN pupil, using that information to inform future planning and teaching
  • Provide teaching assistants across the school to work with SEN pupil and also, importantly, support other pupil so that the class teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN pupil.
  • Hold regular pupil progress meetings for teachers and teaching assistants with the Directors of Achievement to review pupil, interventions and resources and to adapt provision where necessary.
  • We support our families with pupil with SEN, formally through review meetings and informally through our “open door” approach. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
  • Seek support and advice from outside agencies such as: SEND, Community Paediatrics, CYPS, Speech and Language Therapy and the Educational Psychology Service etc.  to ensure each child’s needs are fully identified and understood and to learn from specialists how best to support our SEN pupil.
  • We evaluate intervention groups and strategies on a termly basis.
  • Teaching resources are routinely evaluated to ensure they are accessible to all pupils.
  • Use ICT (both hardware and software) to promote access to the curriculum.
  • Whole school policies such as those for behaviour, anti-bullying and SEN are evaluated on a regular basis with a focus on the impact upon pupils with SEN (Read our SEND Policy).
  • Ensure our school activities and trips, as far as possible, are accessible to all SEN pupils. Activities are evaluated in terms of their positive impact on the learning success and inclusion of pupils with SEN.
  • Hold twice yearly review meetings with families for pupil with a higher level of SEN.
  • Provide on-going training to teachers and teaching assistants in meeting pupils’ needs in the classroom.
  • Liaise closely with secondary schools at transition times to ensure SEN pupil information is clearly communicated and recommendations heard so that the move to secondary school is as smoother as possible.

For pupils who have a higher level of additional need, in addition to all the above, we provide a key worker:

  • To support the pupil to work on their individual targets.
  • To support access to the curriculum
  • To provide pastoral support.
  • To deliver specific targeted interventions where necessary.

Contacts and Other Information

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) in Glebe Academy:

Mrs Holly Green – please ring the school office 01782 234868

Children and Families Act 2014


SEND Code of Practice


The National Autistic Society

Web: www.autism.org.uk

Email: mailto:nas@nas.org.uk

Autism Helpline

Phone: 0808 800 4104 (open 10:00am-4:00pm, Monday – Friday)
Text: 07903 200 200

Useful Links:

ACE – the Advisory Centre for Education – gives good information and advice about Admissions, Attendance, Bullying, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs.

ACT Foundation – offers grants to enhance the quality of life of people in need, for example grants for equipment or adaptations where the Local Authority cannot help.

Ace centre – Augmentative and Alternative Communication – find out more about the excellent and very specialised service provided to children and young people who have difficulty speaking, because of physical problems, from the base at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital in Oxford

Anti-bullying Alliance – gives useful information and advice about how to deal with bullying and the impact that bullying can have.

Association of Young People with ME –  a chance for young people confined to home by ME to have online friends and discussions and to find out about their condition.

autismoxford.org.uk – Spreading awareness of autism . Frequent conferences and talks

British Dyslexia Association – a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.

Bullying UK – offers on line advice and support to try to prevent or deal with bullying including information for children.

Cambian Education – The largest provider of specialist residential education and care for young people with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome in UK.

Childrens Legal Centre – provides legal advice, information and representation for children and young people.

Contact a Family (CaF) – are an excellent organisation providing information and support to parents of children with many different sorts of disability, including parent-parent support. They also provide comprehensive well written booklets written in a clear concise manner for parents, teachers and young people

www.cafamily.org.uk/media/388418/bullying.pdf – CaF have produced a guide for dealing with bullying.

Cerebra – help to support parents/carers with children who have sleep issues. They also have a stress helpline.

Dyslexia research trust – for diagnosis service contact anna.pitt@dpag.ox.ac.uk or call 01865 282260. For an assessment or for help and support, phone the clinic helpline on 01189 585950.

Dyspraxia Foundation – offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.

Education Otherwise – a UK based membership organisation which provides support and information for families who choose to educate their children at home.

www.ofvm.org/artist/ – Flash Frame digital arts programme – shadowlight Artists… with learning disabilities

http://familylives.org.uk– A national charity offering information support and advice about parenting,including challenging behaviour , emotional wellbeing ,teenagers etc, details about specialist advice, parenting groups in your area.

Family Planning Association – has books specifically for parents of children with disabilities, including workbooks about growing up.


Healthtalkonline – a useful website which can give you information about particular issues facing parents of children and young people with autism such as getting a diagnosis to dealing with puberty.

Help us with harry – offering help, support, advice and training about challenging behaviour to parents of children with learning disabilities, difficulties, special needs or mental health problems. Check out the courses running in Oxfordshire by going online.

Jungle memory – Online memory training for youngsters aged 6-16. Requires a subscription.

KEEN Oxford – Social and recreational activities  for young people with SEN in the Oxford area

www.lucid-research.com – Memory boosters for children aged 4-11, especially those with special educational needs

www.mentalhealth.org.uk – Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.

www.masteringmemory.co.uk – Boosting working memory programs for children 2-11 or 11-adult.

www.mylifemychoice.org.uk – My life my choice – helping people speak up and develop their skills

www.myworldautismsupport.co.uk – MY WORLD offers bespoke day opportunities for people aged 16 and above on the autistic spectrum.

www.nas.org.uk/signpost – The National Autistic Society give useful advice to parents of autistic children, including an online directory which will pull together information according to your child’s age diagnosis and where they live.

www.natspec.org.uk – National Association of Specialist Colleges provides information and training to meet the inclusive learning needs of students with learning difficulties/disabilities.

www.ndcs.org.uk – National Deaf Children’s Society – have an informative website including information about a new software reader for spoken text on the web.

www.oasisonline.org.uk – an Oxfordshire support group for parents of children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome hold monthly support meetings often with interesting speakers.

fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/‎ Oxfordshire Family Information Service (OxonFIS) provide information and support for children, young people and families in Oxfordshire on childcare, play and leisure, family and parenting support and the schools admission process

www.oxfsn.org.uk – OXFSN – Oxfordshire Family Support Network – supporting and mentoring parents of people with learning disabilities.

www.oxdys.org.uk – Oxfordshire Dyslexia Association – information about meetings and lectures, identification and assessment of dyslexia including access to  an on-line assessment tool.

www.oxnet.org.uk/ – Oxfordshire ME Group for Action (Omega). OMEGA is the support group for people with ME or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and their carers. Members can benefit from contact with other people who recognise and understand the illness. Members give each other friendship and support, exchange information about treatments and learn from each other about the management of this long-term illness.

www.oxsrad.org – Integrated support and leisure centre. Recreational and leisure activities accessible to all. Members entitled to use facilities at a small cost. Gym, Sensory room, Trampolining Contact 01865 741336 or info@oxsrad.org

www.parents-talking-aspergers.co.uk – Banbury based group of parents of children with Aspergers Syndrome. New website and Facebook page. Regular meetings and social events.

www.ofm.org.uk – Oxfordshire Family Mediation-  information and advice for separated parents and support for children affected by family separation. All sessions are free. To arrange an informal meeting with a trained volunteer email admin@ofm.org.uk admin@ofm.org.uk.

www.sense.org.uk – An Association that supports the Deaf/blind. Produce a CD-ROM about Sex and Relationships

www.raisinghorizons.com/disability– eLearning CD-Roms for young people with a learning disability/Autism Courses currently available are: Your school day (5-10 years), Travel with me (12+ years), The teenage years (13-19 years). An evaluation copy can be downloaded from the Raising Horizons website.

www.rnib.org.uk – There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the leading charity offering practical support, advice and information to anyone with a sight problem. Their pioneering work helps not just with braille, Talking Books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.

www.shipsproject.org.uk – Supporting head injured pupils in school – SHIPS supports pupils who have sustained a head injury, by observing the subtle differences in their way of learning due to the injury they have sustained, and advising teachers on appropriate ways of managing their learning.

www.singinghands.co.uk – Singing Hands – have produced a video with 25 songs for children who are learning signing before their speech has developed or have hearing or communication difficulties.

www.talkingpoint.org.uk – Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.

www.soundabout.org.uk – Soundabout – information about special music making workshops for children, young people and adults with disabilities.

http://supportfinder.oxfordshire.gov.uk – A single point of access for information and advice for all types of adult social care and related services.

www.thomleyactivitycentre.org – Thomley Hall Activity Centre- a specialist activity centre for children and young people with disabilities and their families, particularly those on the Autistic Spectrum. This safe resource has a program of activities both in and outdoors. See the website for details.

www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details.

www.kids.org.uk – Young Peoples Inclusion Network – YP-in provides online guidance about both strategy and putting Inclusion into Practice covering issues such as Leisure and Sports Services , Youth Provision, Transport and Independent Living.