Special Educational Needs and Disability
A special educational need is defined as ‘a learning difficulty or disability that makes learning a challenge for a child’. Children with SEND have greater difficulty learning than other children of the same age.
Mangotsfield School aims to ensure that appropriate provision is available to enable every student to have equal access to curriculum opportunities and to ensure that the curriculum is accessible to every individual learning need.
The SEND team at Mangotsfield School has been developed so that it meets all the needs of our students. SEND is divided into different hubs, each catering for a different barrier to learning including:
- The Oak Hub (social emotional and mental health difficulties)
- The Interaction Hub (communication and interaction difficulties)
- The Literacy Hub (low literacy levels, dyslexia support and English as an additional language)
We also have identified members of the team supporting students with an Educational, Health and Care Plan and those with physical and/or sensory difficulties.
The hubs work closely with their mainstream colleagues to offer supplementary support to the regular curriculum, or work with identified students who need specific intervention for a fixed period of time. Targeted intervention programmes include for example Freshstart, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy principles, Social Thinking, Stepping Stones and access to agencies such as CAMHS, SALT, Ignite and the Educational Psychologist.
At Mangotsfield we support some students in groups where the curriculum and teaching strategies have been specially adapted to meet their needs. These classes are often supported by additional staff members and offer consistent teaching by a team of highly trained and experienced teachers who know the students, and their learning needs well. Working collaboratively, we ensure all students raise their attainment, literacy skills and enhance their social skills and understanding of the wider world.
At Mangotsfield School we have a comprehensive network of support available to ensure that every child with special educational needs reaches their full potential.
Our SEND Team
Assistant Headteacher (SEND) and SENCO - Laura Donnelly
Senior Lead Education Support - Sangeeta Kaur (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)
Lead Education Support - Kyli Willetts (Communication and Interaction)
Lead Education Support - Jennifer Brown (Literacy Coordinator)
Education Support Assistants - Currently a team of 7 permanent members of staff
Special Educational Needs - Mangotsfield Offer
Mangotsfield School tracks all students identified as having additional needs and monitors the impact of interventions. This includes students who have medical needs, learning needs, disabilities, looked after children, young carers, behavioural and emotional issues which impact on learning and children in need. Students with a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan and those as identified as SEN support are included on our Inclusion Register.
The document below provides further information which shows the provision of support we offer students with Special Educational Needs and Disability at Mangotsfield School.
Our SEND School Information Report is available here