Special Educational Needs/Disability

At Newington Academy, we endeavour to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to participate fully in the life of the school. We believe that it is essential to provide a caring and supporting environment in which all pupils are valued equally and are given the opportunity to have their needs met in order to develop their full potential. The four areas of need identified with the SEN code of Practice underpin this policy.

Cognition and Learning Needs:

Social, Emotional and Medical Needs

Communication and Interaction

Sensory and/or Physical Needs

Our support staff have excellent capacity to support those children with SEND - to maximize their impact, we carry out an annual strategic deployment and skills-based assessment:


  • Newington Academy will follow the statutory guidance in full:

  • Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (July 2014)

  • Transition to a new 0-25 special educational needs and disability system (August 2014)

Definition of SEND:

  • A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

- has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post- 16 institutions

  • For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.