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Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.

Stephenson Way Academy and Nursery School is committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of school life.  We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  As a school we have a higher than average number of pupils who are classed as having Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; this applies to both those who are at the SEN support stage and those in receipt of Education and Health Care Plans (and statements).

As a staff team we have a wealth of experience supporting children with a range of difficulties and needs, these include:

  • communication and interaction
  • cognition and learning
  • social, emotional and mental health
  • sensory and/or physical needs

In order to ensure your child receives the support they need we adhere to the definitions set out the revised SEN Code of Practice 2014:

  • A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
    • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
    • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions
  • For children aged two or more, special educational provision is an educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

In order to assign support we use a simple grading system:

Level 0: The child has no discernible SEND and he/she does not have difficulty with learning when compared to the majority of peers (nationally).

Level 1: The child appears to be finding learning significantly more challenging than their peers (nationally) but does not have a discernible SEND.  In this case progress and attainment will be monitored and environmental factors taken into account before moving to level 2.

Level 2: The child has a clear learning difficulty and or disability and/or they have a significantly greater difficulty with learning and accessing the school’s “standard” provision and facilities.

Level 3: The child is in receipt of an Education and Health Care Plan as a result of their SEND.  Provision is made for their SEND. 

Children at level 0 will not require any additional support above and beyond what the school offers to all children.  Any child at level 1 will be on school’s shadow SEN register and will be monitored over a period of time before possibly moving to levels 2 or 3.  As a school we believe that early intervention is paramount to helping SEND children succeed but we also recognise that a number of factors can affect learning and progress so decisions about SEND are based on evidence overtime.    Children at Levels 2 and 3 will be on our SEN register and receive individual support plans.  These are delivered in through an: assess, plan, do and review cycle.  As a school we base any special educational provision on an understanding of their particular strengths and needs of a child and seek to address these, using well-evidenced interventions and specialist equipment or software targeted at areas of difficulty.  The following evidenced based programmes are used to support children with SEND:

  • Language Links
  • Individual programmes recommended by Speech and Language Therapy
  • Magic spelling
  • Writing Therapy
  • Drawing Therapy
  • BRP


Also for any children who has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than their peers, or a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of the facilities then we offer the following additional provisions to meet needs:

  • Nursery plus provision (EYFS)
  • Vertical  Learning Groups (KS2)
  • Alternative Curriculum Pathway  


The information outlined in the SEND offer grid will provide you with more information about our Local offer and how we support children with SEND.


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