Welcome to our SEND Information Report which is part of Durham County Council’s Local Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs.
At the Johnston we strive for excellence and aim to help all of our students achieve their full potential. The school is a happy, vibrant community where students work hard in their academic studies and are involved in a wide range of sporting, creative, practical and social activities. We recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEND. We have appointed Designated Teachers for Looked after Children who work closely with the SENCO to ensure all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEND. This is also the case for students who have been adopted from care.
The community is committed to the academic and personal development of all pupils regardless of ability. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress.
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
The information that must be included in our SEND Information Report can be found under the main SEND menu or the full report can be viewed from this link SEND Report. We will continue to add information on the website and welcome your feedback.
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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