Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Oasis’ ethos is based on an overarching theme of Inclusion; welcoming, encouraging and enabling all to achieve their best whatever the challenges may be in doing so.
The Academy’s aim is to ensure that all its students achieve their full potential, regardless of differentiating needs. If a student has special educational needs or disability needs (SEND), the Academy will take every reasonable step to identify and meet them. Further information on the policy and provision for SEND can be obtained from the Academy. Students with SEND who do not have statements of special educational needs or an Educational Health Care Plan will be admitted on an equal basis with others in accordance with the Academy’s admissions policy.
Where a student has a statement or Education Healthcare Plan, and the Local Authority is proposing to name the Academy in the statement, the Academy will agree to the student’s admission. The only reason for not doing so is if the inclusion of that student would be incompatible with the education of other children and there are no reasonable steps the Academy could take to resolve this. If there is a disagreement between the Academy and the Local Authority on the placement of a student, there is a voluntary dispute resolution service backed up by the Secretary of State’s power to intervene. In the last, resort parents can appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SENDIST) Tribunal.
As an Academy we:
- Identify children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and ensure provision is made in accordance with the SEND Code of Practice
- Have an appointed SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
- Invest in whole Academy and targeted training for staff
- Ensure that teaching is inclusive and support practices are embedded throughout the Academy
- Ensure that all teachers understand that they are teachers of SEND
- Plan for transitions from 1-19 years across all Key Stages
Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Oasis. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.
Who are the best people at the Academy to talk to about my child’s Special Educational Need?
|Nursery to Year 6||Years 7 to 13|
|If you are concerned about your child’s overall progress||Class Teacher||Learning Guide|
|If you think your child may have a Special Educational Need and would like to discuss this||Phase 1 Assistant SENCO (Mr Ching)||Phase 2 Assistant SENCO (Ms Heath)|
|SENCO (Ms Tobun)|
|If you feel that your child’s needs are not being met||Assistant Principal Inclusion (Ms Tobun)|
|If you feel that your child’s needs are not being met by any of the above||Principal (Ms Thompson)|
|If you still feel that your child’s needs are not being met||Principal (Ms Thompson)|
|If you have a complaint about the SEND support for your child||Academy Councillor with responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) (Ms Slowley) email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
How will I know how well my child is doing at the Academy?
- Welcome Parents and Carers and meet with them at least once a term to discuss their child’s progress as part of the Academy Review Process
- Communicate regularly with Parents and Carers so we can work in partnership
- Hold termly Parent Meetings
- Hold a formal Annual Parent Meeting if your child has an Education and Health Care Plan where we will report on their progress and provide a written report. If there is a need we will hold more Parent Meetings
What happens if my child with SEND makes very little progress at the Academy?
- Parents and Carers are asked to make an appointment with the class teacher or learning guide if they have concerns about attainment, achievement, progress or happiness in the Academy
- If your child continues to make little progress despite the extra support provided by the Academy we will look to provide external support and advice. If there is evidence that your child has severe and complex needs that cannot be met by the resources available to the Academy, we will ask the Local Authority to undertake a statutory assessment of SEN either as set out in the SEN Code of Practice or through a request for an Education Health and Care Plan
- We have a designated SEN Academy Councillor who is responsible for making sure the necessary support is available for every child who attends the Academy
If you need to complain
Parents and Carers have the following rights, should the Academy, Academy Council or Oasis Community Learning fail in its duty to provide, or if the parent disagrees with a decision or feels that there is discriminatory practice:
- The Academy complaints procedure
- An appeal to The SEN and Disability Tribunal
- A claim against the responsible body (Oasis Community Learning) for disability
- To the SEN and Disability Tribunal for discrimination
- A complaint to the Academies Ombudsman