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Danesholme Infant Academy

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

To ensure all adults and pupils have equality of access please see our Accessibility Plan 

At the Danesholme Infant Academy we support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities by:

  • Effectively identifying and assessing needs of all children
  • Setting targets to accelerate progress or effectively support a child with their needs
  • Monitoring and reviewing learning and progress
  • Liaising with parents and carers
  • Listening and respecting the views of the child

We are able to cater for children with a range of special needs and disabilities

  • Communication and Interaction for example – Autism Spectrum Conditions (inc. Asperger’s Syndrome), Speech and Language difficulties
  • Cognition and Learning for example – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Social, Emotional  and Mental Difficulties for example – ADHD, Attachment disorder, Mental Illness or depression
  • Sensory and/or physical needs for example – Vision/ hearing impairment, Motor skill difficulties

Identification of pupils with SEND

Identification will come from a range of sources

  • Class teachers – through their regular monitoring of pupil progress
  • Senior Leadership Team – through discussions held with class teachers in pupil progress meetings
  • Parents / carers
  • Previous setting
  • Liaison with outside professional / agency


Universal provision- Click here to see Curriculum adjustments 

  • Quality first class teaching
  • Teaching assistant support
  • Family Support Worker
  • Differentiated curriculum / extension activities
  • Adaptions such as visual timetables / workstations
  • School Nurse support

SEN provision

  • Individual education plan
  • Speech and Language therapy
  • Autism Outreach
  • Education Psychology Service
  • Visual Impairment service
  • Hearing Impairment Service
  • Occupational Therapy Support

Progress and Assessment

Progress will be measured against the national age related expectations. Where children have complex needs the use of P scales will be used to measure attainment and progress within KS1.

External professionals may be involved in more extended, detailed assessments to support the planning and next steps for an individual child.

Staff Development

The staff involved in the support of pupils with SEND are

  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities coordinator
  • Principal
  • Class Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Patoral Manager
  • Lunchtime supervisors (in some cases)

These staff have experience in:

  • Autism
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Speech, language and communication needs
  • Emotional and behavioural needs
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment

Staff are provided with training opportunities to ensure they are able to support the needs of pupils at Danesholme Infant Academy.

Involving Parents and Children

Parents who have a concern about their children or who would like to discuss their child’s SEND provision should contact the class teacher or the SENDCo in the first instance. Parents will be invited to termly meetings with the class teacher and SENDCo, if appropriate, to review their child’s progress. Parents receive an annual written report. For more information on Inclusion Support please see the documents listed below.

Depending on the age and ability of the child will we involve children where possible in the review and setting of targets and provision.

To read a guide for parents and more about SEND support please see the documents listed below.


The Academy will liaise with transfer schools, preschools, nurseries and other outside agencies. A transition plan will be implemented when this is deemed necessary to support a child in moving into the Junior Academy or onto another school.

Monitoring and Review

The SENDCo and Principal are responsible for the monitoring of the policy as well as analysing data and progress of SEND pupils.

Activities outside of the Classroom

Activities and school trips are available to all. Risk assessments are carried out and all reasonable adjustments are made to enable children to participate as fully as possible. Where this is the case parents will be fully involved in the process.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at the Danesholme Infant Academy is Mrs K Martin.

The SENDCo works with class teachers and support staff to ensure that the needs of all pupils in the school are met.

Details about admission arrangements for all pupils, including those with SEND can be found on our Admissions page.

More information about Northamptonshire County Council’s support for Special Education Needs and Disability can be found here:-