Mrs V Porter
|Ms S Taylor
and Support Officer
At Colyton Grammar School all students are encouraged and supported to pursue excellence and to study to the best of their ability. We want all students to be able to experience a feeling of success and achievement. All teachers are required to develop and adapt strategies which allow them to respond to a wide range of student needs.
The performance of all students is monitored on a regular basis, both within departments and across all subjects. The SEND team liaise closely with the Pastoral team and Subject Departments. Appropriate support is identified for specific learning needs.
Where a student's learning requires a specific programme of support, parents are consulted. Each student with an Education, Health and Care Plan has a programme devised in liaison with support services and parents, and the programme is reviewed annually.
It is the policy of the Board of Trustees that students with an Education, Health and Care Plan should be supported to at least the level of the financial grant received.
Our Special Educational Needs Policy and Information Report further outlines information with regards to implementation of our approach.
ACCESS FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
The Accessibility Report is considered annually within the context of planning any new Capital Work. Some major issues remain, particularly in relation to the original school buildings and resolution will require the support of Devon Local Authority. The school is committed to equal access for all students and where appropriate, entrance tests are modified. The Accessibility Plan is available in a printed format, and can be downloaded in the links below.
Key Information for Parents and Carers:
Further Information Advice and Support
Family and student SEND websites and helplines
There is a lot of information available for parents or carers - below are some of the main contacts:
The Devon Local Offer
This gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their family’s information about what support services the local authority think will be available in their local area. This can be found at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send-local-offer
Devon Information Advice and Support for SEND
DIAS have a dedicated team offering legally-based and easily accessible information and advice about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They support parents, carers, children and young people with SEND and the service is impartial and confidential.
The autism educational trust - https://www.autismeducationtrust.org.uk/
National Autistic society – Guidance and helpline for parents and carers - https://www.autism.org.uk/
British Dyslexia association – Guidance and helpline for parents and carers. http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/parent The information contained within this section looks at indicators of specific learning difficulties, as well as supporting your child both at home and within the education system to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.
Eyes and Dyslexia / British Dyslexia Association: http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexic/eyes-and-dyslexia On this page you will find information regarding: Visual Stress, Finding a specialist practitioner, Resources, Aids for visual stress, Further reading.
The UK ADHD partnership - https://www.ukadhd.com/top-tips-for-parents!.htm
The ADHD foundation -https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/
Young Minds – Advice and support to parents of children with ADHD - https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-adhd/
About Dyspraxia / Dyspraxia Foundation: https://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/about-dyspraxia/ Dyspraxia, a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.
Dysgraphia Help – About Dysgraphia: https://www.dysgraphiahelp.co.uk/What is dysgraphia? The subtypes of dysgraphia. The causes of dysgraphia. How to identify dysgraphia. How can dysgraphia be overcome?
Disability charity Scope UK: https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/hearing-impairment Help and information for the one in six people in the UK who have some degree of hearing impairment or deafness.
British Deaf Association -https://bda.org.uk/
Visual impairment / Disability: https://www.scope.org.uk/support/families/diagnosis/visual
Information on blindness and visual impairment and list of support organisations.
Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people. https://www.rnib.org.uk
Asthma - https://www.asthma.org.uk
Diabetes - https://www.diabetes.org.uk
For Post 16 SEND students
Disabled Students Allowance –Welcome to GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
Sixth Form university applications - You can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. You can get the allowances on top of your other student finance. You won’t need to repay DSAs.