FAQ's for SEND

Answers to Frequently asked Questions


1 How does your Academy know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

We use a variety of assessment strategies which are monitored regularly to ensure the progress of all children. If your child is not making progress, then a range of appropriate assessments will take place to ascertain the nature of your child’s difficulties.

2. Who is responsible for the progress and success of my child in Academy?

The overall responsibility for your child’s success lies with the Executive Principal and Local Advisory Board (governing body), supported by the Head of School, class teachers, the SENDCo, teaching assistants, yourselves and your child.

5. How will I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

The Academy works in partnership with all parents and carers. Parents and carers are invited to attend progress review meetings.  One written report is sent home each year. If your child has been identified and assessed as requiring SEND Support or an Education, Health and Care Plan, you will be invited to review your child’s progress throughout the year.  Education Support Plan targets are devised in conjunction with the pupil and their parents or carers.

6. What support will there be for my child’s overall wellbeing?

Our Academy has a family centred approach which promotes the emotional wellbeing of all of our pupils.

7. How do I know that my child is safe in Academy?

Risk assessments and safety policies are in place to ensure all children are safe within the Academy.

9. What SEND training have the staff at Academy had or are having?

Our SENDCo maintains up to date knowledge through attending termly meetings. Our SENDCo is currently undertaking the National Award for SEND. All classroom staff have received forms of training, where the need has been identified, in a variety of areas such as safeguarding, speech, language and communication difficulties and autism awareness.

10. How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including Academy trips?

Provision is made for all children to take part in all learning activities.

13. How are the Academy’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

Appropriate resources, whether equipment or additional staffing, are available in all classrooms to help all children.

14. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Additional and different provision for your child will be assessed and reviewed on a need basis.  The Academy follows the graduated response outlined in the SEND Code of Practice (2014) where the ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ cycle is employed to ascertain the type of provision required, its duration and outcomes are carefully measured.  Your child may have specific and high level needs, which means they will only achieve good outcomes academically, socially and emotionally with continuous support and specialised, differentiated provision.  In this case, the decision may be taken in consultation with you and external professionals, to apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan (previously known as a Statement of Special Educational Need).

15. Who can I contact for further information?

You can contact us at the Academy or SENDIASS (previously Parent Partnership) on: 01736 751921. The Care in Cornwall website (previously Family Information Service) also has a wide range of information on supportive organisations and useful contacts.

16. What should I do if I feel that the Local Offer is not being delivered or is not meeting my child’s needs?

Please contact us at the Academy and we will answer any queries or concerns you may have.  If you feel your need is still not being met, please refer to our complaints policy.

17. How is your local offer reviewed?

We will review our local offer annually, or when an unforeseen substantial change in policy necessitates a review of aspects of the offer.