Welcome to Inclusion

Statutory Information

The documents below are those required by the DfE to be published on the website.

Welcome to the Inclusion Team

Welcome Inclusion section of the website. We have included resources and links for websites under the four SEND areas of need.

These sections are to provide information for parents and carers to guide you in supporting your children. These sections will be regularly updated so do check in regularly.

Some of the relevant statutory SEND policies are above. All policies can be found on our

Policy Pages - click to access this page..


SEN in School

At Meden we believe that every individual is unique, and it is important to develop every talent and ability. All students are entitled to a broad and balanced education, appropriate to their needs, to enable them to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing an appropriate and inclusive education. All students are valued, given a sense of worth, and helped to develop confidence in their abilities and strengths throughout the full range of their school experience.

Our aim, is to actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual students, and to give all SEND students a high-quality education with appropriate support and interventions to enable them to experience and enjoy a positive education.

‘The whole point of schools is that children come first and everything we do must reflect this single goal.’

Our vision is to endeavor to make SEND provision outstanding in all areas by 2023

Central principles

  • All children can learn and make progress.
  • All teachers are teachers of SEND.
  • Differentiated materials should be available where appropriate.
  • Provision for SEND should match students’ needs.
  • There should be regular recording of interventions and their outcomes.

The child and family are at the heart of SEND support. All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education, or training.

What does it mean to have SEND?

A child or young person is identified as SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her (SEND Code of Practice 2014). Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is, ‘a physical or mental impairment which has long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. This definition includes sensory impairments and long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and epilepsy. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN but there is significant overlap between disabled children and those with SEN.

What types of Special Education Needs does the school cater for?

The school uses the definitions of SEND as outlined in the Code of Practice 2014 which are:

1. Communication and Interaction

(Autism (ASD), Asperger's Syndrome, Speech, language & communication (SLCN)

2. Cognition and Learning

Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD), Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD), Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia & Dyspraxia.

3. Social, Mental and Emotional Health Difficulties

(Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), (Adjustment Disorders, Anxiety Dosiorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Emotional Difficulties & Social Difficulties).

4. Sensory and Physical needs

(Hearing Impairment (HI), Visual Impairment (VI), Multi Sensory Impairments (MSI), Physical Disability (PD) & Medical Needs.

SEND Support

Where it is determined that a student does have SEND, parents will be formally advised of this and the decision will be added to the student’s school record. The aim of formally identifying a pupil with SEND is to help school ensure that effective provision is put in place and so remove barriers to learning.

The support provided consists of a four – part process:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Review

This is an ongoing cycle to enable the provision to be refined and revised as the understanding of the needs of the student grows. This cycle enables the identification of those interventions which are the most effective in supporting the pupil to achieve good progress and outcomes.

Making a referral to the SEND team

Referrals can be made from teaching staff, and concerns may be expressed following observations and learning walks.

The school responds to all requests from teachers, parents, and students to assess the needs of a child.

Diagnostic testing is carried out, and decisions are then made about the type and amount of support a student receives.

The following testing is available to identify special needs:

  • Active Reading Test (ART)
  • Diagnostic Spelling Test (DST)
  • Diagnostic Assessment of Speed of Handwriting (DASH)
  • LASS screening Further diagnostic tests are used in Years 9-13 to determine if a student requires exam access arrangements.

As Parents/Carers you know your child better than anyone, If you feel you want to raise a concern about your child to the SEND team please use the following form.

SEND Referral Form

Once complete email to Khickinbotham@medenschool.co.uk.

Impact Centre

The Impact Centre is located on the right of the pathway up to Eastwood block. We have facilities here for supporting students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and provide individual/group work, focused reading and writing programmes, social and emotional support sessions, ICT learning/testing, and a parents meeting area and it is staffed from 8.00am until 3.40pm. We run break and lunchtime clubs for vulnerable students and encourage young people to socialise and feel comfortable in their relaxation time.

In the Classroom

We work in partnership with teaching staff to enable an inclusive and personalised learning experience for all our students. Support Plans / EHCPs are in place for some students with a special educational need or disability, these outline individual strategies for personalised Teaching and Learning in the classroom.

With You!

We work in partnership with parents and carers so you feel confident that we are doing the best for your child, so feel free to contact us at any time.

If you telephone you may have to leave a message, but we will get back to you, alternatively you can email Miss Hickinbotham khickinbotham@medenschool.co.uk (SENDCo) with any concerns or queries.

July 2024


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