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Here in our SEND department at New Ford Academy we have a team of qualified staff who are here to work with your children should they need additional support.  We have Mrs O'Grady who is the SENCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities coordinator) and Mrs Blakemore who is our Learning Support Manager.


We work very closely together to ensure children who may be having difficulties with their learning are able to access the classroom and the curriculum. We are a very inclusive school and our ethos is that all children should have the same opportunities as each other.


All staff at New Ford understand the importance of quality first teaching in the classroom, showing curriculum adaptions in the classroom for all children. If you would like any more information with regards to SEND and how we could help your child then please feel free to contact us either on the school office number 01782 234605 or the school e-mail address


A message from the Local Authority SEND Inclusive Learning Team:

'The SEND Team at New Ford Primary consistently follow the Graduated Approach.

They are proactive in seeking and following professional advice in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for pupils on the SEND Register.

The SENCO has successfully achieved the NASENCO Award through training with the local authority. Other staff regularly attend professional development training days with the SEND (ILS) team'



See below a Glossary of the most common SEND terms:



Autistic Spectrum Condition 


Occupational Therapist 


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder 


Pupil Premium 


Child and Adolescent Mental Health services 


Personal, Social and Health Education 


Code of Practice 


Speech and Language Therapy 


Children and Young People 


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 


English as an Additional Language 


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator 


Educational, Health and Care plan 


Speech, Language and Communication Needs 


Educational Psychologist 


Severe Learning Difficulties 


Hearing Impaired 


Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyspraxia) 


Looked after Children 


Sensory Processing Disorders 


Local Offer 


Visually Impaired 


Moderate Learning Difficulty 




Current SEND updates...


The Children and Families Bill 2013.

The children and families bill 2013 underpins wider reforms and ensures that all children and young people can succeed, regardless of background. The bill reforms systems in place for adopted children, looked after children and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  

 The aim of the reform is to ensure services place children and young people at the centre of decision making and support, enabling them to make the best possible start in life, giving children and parents/carers greater control, ensuring needs are properly met. It sets out a new approach to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities as follows:

-Replacing Statements with a new birth-to-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan), extending rights and protections to young people, giving families more control over the support received. 

-Improving co-operation between services supporting young children and their families.

-Requiring Local Authorities to involve children and their families in reviewing and developing provision for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  


The SEND Code of practice 2014, updated January 2015. 

This is statutory guidance for schools and other organisations that work and support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It sets out guidelines that schools should follow, but is not a legal document. However it does contain legal requirements and statutory advice set out in the Children and Families Act, as mentioned above.   

Please click on the link below to view this.

SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf (


The Local Offer

This is a Local Offer of all services available to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families. It is easy - to - understand information, setting out what is normally available in schools to support these children and their families.  

It comprises of a number of questions answered by schools, providing information to parents and carers to enable them to make decisions about the support needed for their child. 


Please click on 'SEND Information Report 2022 - 2023' below to view New Ford Academy's response to these questions.