Woodham Academy LOGO

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SEND Information Report 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 Woodham Academy, 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 SEN. In the academic year 2016-17, SEND students made +0.43 progess. This is significantly higher that the national average.

At Woodham Academy our SENCO (Mrs McGinnety) is also our Designated Teacher for Looked after Children, she ensures that all teachers in school understand the implications for those children who are looked after and have SEN. At Woodham Academy 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: o Communication and Interaction This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs o Cognition and Learning This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties o Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn o Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multisensory impairment and physical difficulties.

From September 2014, Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is called the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice for families and will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Further information about the Local Offer can be found on the County Durham Families Information Service website HERE

Schools also have to publish a SEND Information Report on their website. This will provide details about how we implement our policy for children and young people with SEND.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail, please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

Updated February 2018
Further information:

Woodham Academy 2017 Accessibility plan

SEND staff

SEND School Admissions

Teaching Learning and the Curriculum

Identification and assessment




Agencies and Partnerships

Compliments and Complaints

Contact SENCO

Andrew DowsonSpecial Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)