SEND Provision

The new SEND Reforms and Code of Practice now use four ‘umbrella’ terms to identify Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Please click below if you would like more information about each of these terms and how we support learners at Jack Hunt School.

Cognition and Learning   

This is the term used to describe specific or global learning difficulties that impact on a child’s ability to make academic progress. It may be due to conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Dyscalculia; or a child may require work to be delivered at a lower level to enable them to make progress from their baseline.  Children may also require a different curriculum if the National Curriculum levels are unattainable at their current stage of education.

Learners at Jack Hunt School receive Quality-first teaching, which seeks to identify prior knowledge and develop each child from their own individual starting point.  Where learners continue to struggle with reading, writing or numeracy, they may be identified for intervention groups, either within Learning Support or within the English and Maths Departments.

Communication and Interaction

This is the term used to describe conditions that affect a child’s ability to interact with their peers and/or learning environment. Autism Spectrum Conditions, Severe and Specific Language Impairment or Speech, Language and Communication needs would fall within this category, as would any other profile that demonstrated a difficulty in a child’s access to language and social opportunity.

At Jack Hunt School, we ensure learners receive Quality-first teaching, with strategies to create Autism-friendly classrooms. Lessons will be delivered through a range of teaching and learning strategies – visual, practical and experiential – in order to ensure all learners have an opportunity to be involved.  Where learners continue to struggle, they may be identified for further intervention, support at unstructured times, additional support within the classroom and/or differentiated learning materials.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

This is the term used to describe special educational needs that impact on a learner’s ability to cope emotionally and socially with the rigours of a busy secondary education and those that are increasingly experiencing difficulties with mental ill health.

Learners with behaviour that challenges do not necessarily have an underlying special educational need and, equally, children with special educational needs do not necessarily display challenging behaviour. However, at Jack Hunt School we have a large pastoral team who work with the Learning Support Department to identify when a learner is struggling with school and put in place a regularly-reviewed plan of support to enable a learner to succeed.  Where a learner continues to struggle, the school will consider a range of strategies to support them such as counselling, key worker support, anger management and other interventions to see them succeed to the best of their abilities.

Sensory and Physical Impairment

This term embraces those learners with sensory loss (blind and/or Deaf) or those with a physical disability.  Although the primary condition might be a medical one, the impact of these conditions must be considered by the school as a special educational need that requires some adjustment and intervention to enable the learner to succeed.

At Jack Hunt School, we have two specialist Hub provisions; one for Hearing Impaired learners and one for learners with Physical Disability. As such, we have a team of experienced staff who work with learners and their families to identify the most suitable adjustments for learners based on their communication needs and on their physical access requirements respectively.  Staff with skills in Deaf Awareness, British Sign Language, Visual Phonics and Speech, Language and Communication strategies work with our learners accessing the HI Hub.  Staff with skills in assisting people to move safely, providing intimate personal care, Evacuchair and Rescumat strategies and Physiotherapy work with our learners accessing the PD Hub.