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The SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) Department


Rationale and Aims
  • We believe that all children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum to enable them to reach their full potential and to promote independent learning.
  • We believe that all teachers at Alban Academy have a responsibility to do their best for the educational needs of all children they teach including children with SEND. 
  • We seek to foster an inclusive approach to working with children with SEND to raise their aspirations and to enable the best possible outcomes.
  • We seek to enable parents, carers and external agencies to work together with Alban Academy to ensure that the needs of children with SEND are fully met.

Who works in the department?

The department comprises a team of 6 Teaching Assistants (4 full time and 2 part time) and a qualified HLTA; line managed by the school’s SENDCo Mr James Wyatt. 


What is our commitment to pupils?

Our commitment is to meet the individual needs of all our pupils and we do this by working closely with school staff and with outside agencies. All pupils are closely monitored and this allows us to frequently update the level of support that is delivered. We produce an annual Pupil Profile for all teaching and support staff which provides information regarding each pupil’s area of need, the level of support required and useful strategies to support and enhance the learning. In addition to this information, the profile also includes pupil passports which have been created by the pupils to share their views on how they learn best. It is a working document which is regularly updated by subject staff with guidance from the SENDCo and shared as good practice to further improve support for the pupil and enable progress.


How do we meet the needs of SEND pupils?
Support is delivered in the first instance by the subject teacher through Quality First Teaching and takes into account the individual needs of the pupils. Within Quality First Teaching a  range of different support strategies are used, for example seating arrangements and table grouping by ability, differentiated learning tasks, use of differentiated resources and use of specific equipment, all of which allows the pupil access to the curriculum.

A number of pupils receive small group or 1-2-1 intervention. These pupils are provided with a Pupil Provision Plan or PPP which outlines any specific targets the pupils are working towards which may require a level of support additional to or different from that of their peers.

The PPP is monitored termly and shared through consultation with parents and pupils together.

Our whole school provision map provides an overview of support given.

Information about the SEND Department and how pupils with SEND are supported here at Alban Academy is also available to view in the school’s contribution to Bedford Borough Council’s Local Offer.