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Special Education Needs Department

The Mandeville School is an inclusive, mainstream upper school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

We aim to ensure that:

  • Students with learning difficulties are able to access their entitlement to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum as part of the whole school community.

  • Students with SEND are educated, wherever possible, in an inclusive environment alongside their peers to enable each student to reach his or her full potential.

  • We match levels of additional support for learning to the wide variety of individual learning difficulties, while enhancing self-esteem.

  • We identify and assess students with SEND as early and as thoroughly as possible using the revised Code of Practice (2014).

  • Parents/carers and students are fully involved in the identification and assessment of SEND, and that we strive for close co-operation between all agencies concerned, using a multi-disciplinary approach.

  • We meet the needs of all students with SEN by offering appropriate and flexible forms of educational provision, by the most efficient use of all available resources.

  • We maintain up to date knowledge of current SEN good practice and methodology in order to offer support and training in these areas to all staff in the school.

  • There are four types of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), decided by the department for education:

    • Communication and interaction

    • Cognition and learning

    • Social, mental and emotional health

    • Sensory or physical

  • If a student has SEND, then their needs will fit into one or more of these categories.

  • A school’s provision for SEND is defined as support which is “additional to” or “different from” that which is available to all students.

  • At The Mandeville School, we recognise that students make progress at different rates and not always in a steady linear pattern. Therefore, students are identified as having SEND in a variety of ways, including the following:

    • Liaison with primary school/previous school

    • The student performing significantly below expected levels

    • Concerns raised by parent/carer

    • Concerns raised by teacher

    • Liaison with external agencies, e.g. physical health diagnosis from paediatrician

  • If a student is identified as having SEND then their name will be added to the SEN register, but we recognise that students’ needs may change over time and provision must reflect this. The aim of any additional provision is for the student to achieve at least expected progress consistent with age expectations, so once they reach this threshold they may be removed from the school SEN register. At this point the student is transferred to a monitoring list and if they fall behind again at any point, then they may be added to the register again.

You can find out about other SEND support through Buckinghamshire County Council by clicking here to link to the Local Offer.