SENCO – Miss J Nicholls, NichollsJ@donvalleyacademy.org.uk
SEND Provision and Inclusivity
Students with Special Educational Needs are fully integrated within the academy. Those students who require additional support for whatever reason, will be noted according to the Code of Practice at School Action, Action Plus or Statement.
The SENCO and the SEND team provide support to teaching staff. The nature of this support is negotiable and may be determined by the needs of the individual student or teaching group. The support may involve TA support in lessons through work in the Base, preparing differentiated resources or advice from the SENCO. We also work with a range of external agencies to ensure appropriate support is in place for SEND students.
Students in KS3 and 4 are placed on bespoke intervention programmes in order to raise standards in both reading and spelling. Students have access to resources such as Nessy.
Students in KS4 may receive access arrangements in order to support examinations. All access arrangements are on an individual basis and are as a result of testing to establish need.
Please click here for the link to the local SEN offer: Local Offer
The SEN report can be viewed on our Statutory Information page
The academy has achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark Award Centre of Excellence.
TA’s also support the Diamonds where students take part in a range of activities, which provides them with an opportunity to develop life skills, following self – care routines, managing money, purchasing items from a shop, ordering food and drinks in restaurants as well as travel training. Throughout each activity students are also developing independence, confidence, communication and leadership skills.
Supporting Individual Needs
The Bridge is the highest-level provision in the academy which supports identified students who would benefit from working in a smaller setting. For example, students who may be suffering from physical or mental health difficulties can access the Bridge as part of their bespoke support package. Also students who work in The Bridge follow their normal timetable and work is provided for them by their subject teachers.
The Personalised Learning Centre is a provision which supports pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Pupils in the PLC also follow a broad curriculum but access more personal development opportunities in order to support their return to the mainstream setting.
We have eight learning support assistants and are in receipt of inclusion funding from the local authority to provide additional staffing which enables pupils with SEND to follow a full curriculum pathway in a mainstream setting. We provide high levels of support for our cohort and parents through the Base where learners are given opportunity to have additional SEN support as well as high quality first wave teaching.
Our Designated Safeguarding Leader provides pupils with access to a range of external agency support. School nurses visit every week and run drop in clinics, we also work with EPIC to pre-empt young offenders, Project 3 offers support with sexualised and/or drug taking behaviours. We also access and signpost support for Young Carers, Parenting and Family support, CAMHS and Doncaster Children’s Service Trust mentoring.