Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Oasis’ ethos is based on an overarching theme of Inclusion; welcoming, encouraging and enabling all to achieve their best whatever the challenges may be in doing so.
Oasis Academy Enfield is committed to helping all students to flourish regardless of starting point, complexity or need. We believe that every person matters, and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that every student realises their potential. We believe in a culture of high expectations and aspirations for all, working together to overcome barriers to success and fulfilment. Therefore, our SEND students receive quality first teaching that is focused on improving their academic performance.
Our definition of special educational needs is:
- A learning difficulty where a child has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than most children of the same age.
- A disability, which needs different educational facilities from those that schools generally provide for children of the same age in our area.
- SEND provision is when the provision is additional to or different from that made for the child’s peers.
- A child who is vulnerable to underachieve either due to social, emotional or physical need. We also include in this category pupils who are Looked After, have a Child Protection Plan, have a Children in Need plan, have recently suffered trauma or bereavement or whom we believe are in danger of being bullied or becoming involved in crime.
The four broad categories of SEN are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental or Emotional Health
- Sensory and/ or physical
As an Academy we:
- Identify children with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and ensure provision is made in accordance with the SEND Code of Practice
- Have an appointed SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator)
- Invest in whole Academy and targeted training for staff
- Ensure that teaching is inclusive and support practices are embedded throughout the Academy
- Ensure that all teachers understand that they are teachers of SEND
- Plan for transitions across all Key Stages
Our Commitment to Equality
Equality and inclusion are at the heart of Oasis. We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences.
The Academy’s aim is to ensure that all its students achieve their full potential, regardless of differentiating needs. If a student has special educational needs or disability needs (SEND), the Academy will take every reasonable step to identify and meet them. Further information on the policy and provision for SEND can be obtained from the Academy. Students with SEND who do not have statements of special educational needs or an Educational Health Care Plan will be admitted on an equal basis with others in accordance with the Academy’s admissions policy.
Who are the best people at the Academy to talk to about my child’s Special Educational Need?
For any questions or complaints regarding the SEND provision at Oasis Academy Enfield, please get in contact with our Assistant Principal (SENCO) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Welcome Parents and Carers and meet with them at least once a term to discuss their child’s progress as part of the Academy Review Process
- Communicate regularly with Parents and Carers so we can work in partnership
- Hold termly Academic Review Meetings
- Hold a formal Annual Review Meeting if your child has an Education and Health Care Plan where we will report on their progress and provide a written report. If there is a need we will hold more Review Meetings
What happens if my child with SEND makes very little progress at the Academy?
- Parents and Carers are asked to make an appointment with the class teacher or learning guide if they have concerns about attainment, achievement, progress or happiness in the Academy
- If your child continues to make little progress despite the extra support provided by the Academy we will look to provide external support and advice. If there is evidence that your child has severe and complex needs that cannot be met by the resources available to the Academy, we will ask the Local Authority to undertake a statutory assessment of SEN either as set out in the SEN Code of Practice or through a request for an Education Health and Care Plan
- We have a designated SEN Academy Councillor who is responsible for making sure the necessary support is available for every child who attends the Academy
If you need to complain
Parents and Carers have the following rights, should the Academy, Academy Council or Oasis Community Learning fail in its duty to provide, or if the parent disagrees with a decision or feels that there is discriminatory practice:
- The Academy complaints procedure
- An appeal to The SEN and Disability Tribunal
- A claim against the responsible body (Oasis Community Learning) for disability
- To the SEN and Disability Tribunal for discrimination
- A complaint to the Academies Ombudsman