Special Educational Needs
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Newhouse Academy we embrace social, emotional and academic inclusion. We have a commitment to celebrating diversity within our school community and creating an environment where everyone can flourish, progress and reach their true potential.
This policy is written in line with the requirements of:
- Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014
- SEND Code of Practice April 2015
- The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014
- The Special Educational Needs (Personal Budgets and Direct Payments) Regulations, Section 49
- The Order setting out transitional arrangements, Section 137
- The Equality Act 2010
Accessibility Plan - Background Information
Under the Equality Act 2010 schools are required to have an Accessibility Plan. The Equality Act replaced all existing equality legislation, including the Disability Discrimination Act. The effect of the law is the same as in the past, meaning that
“Schools cannot unlawfully discriminate against pupils because of sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation”.
The Governing Body has had three key duties towards disabled pupils,
not to treat disabled pupils less favourably for a reason related to their disability;
to make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils, so that they are not at a substantial disadvantage;
to plan to increase access to education for disabled pupils.
This plan sets out the proposals of the Governing Body of the school to increase access to education for disabled pupils in the areas required by the Equality Act increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school curriculum;
improving the environment of the school to increase the extent to which disabled pupils can take advantage of education and associated services;
improving the delivery of written information for disabled pupils.
It is a requirement that the school’s accessibility plan is resourced, implemented and reviewed and revised as necessary.