Please click here to access the Durham Johnston SEND Information Report, which contains details about how Durham Johnston supports students with special educational needs and/or a disability.
The child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post 16 institutions.
Where a child or young person has a disability or health condition which requires special educational provision to be made they will be covered by the SEN definition.
We aim to support our students with SEND and their parents and carers so that they can achieve their potential and increase their life chances.
Provision and support exists throughout the school for students with special educational needs and disabilities. SEND provision is an integral part of our overall school provision. Teachers use the SEND data we collect from primary schools and our own information and assessments to plan lessons and differentiate provision for students with SEND.
The provision may be in the form of extra classes, specifically designed extension opportunities, specific support or self-supported study, literacy enhancement programmes, one to one tuition, mentoring. We aim to be quick at identifying under-achievement and addressing it at individual or group level.
We offer in-class support with a team of highly dedicated Learning Support Assistants.
We are an inclusive school and have students with a range of SEND in our year groups. The Learning Support Team strives to support students across the 11 – 18 age range by working closely with other departments to personalise the learning of SEND students and maximise their learning opportunities. The department policy reflects current best practice in line with the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and other relevant legislation.
The Learning Support Team’s work includes:
Mrs M. Farrell
Head of Learning Support