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Our students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) have full and equal access to our broad and balanced curriculum.  

We collaborate with other schools, agencies, and local authorities to provide high-quality care and academic support for our students with SEND needs.  

We encourage our students to reach their full potential with their abilities and interests. They leave us well-prepared for their next steps in education and beyond.  

Two documents at the end of this page provide detailed information about SEND, including definitions, roles and responsibilities for supporting students and parents, and an explanation of exactly how our SEND provision is implemented. 

It’s really important that students with SEND can thrive within their learning environment and that they feel well supported by reasonable adjustments to support their special educational needs. At Dallam, these needs may include support with the following:  

Communication and interaction 

This support includes students with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) who have difficulty understanding and communicating with others. This may include children and young people with ASD, including Asperger Syndrome and Autism.  

Cognition and learning 

This support focuses on children and young people who learn at a slower pace than their peers, as well as those with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), including dyslexia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD), dyscalculia, dyspraxia and speech and language difficulties.  

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties 

This support focuses on children who may have become withdrawn or isolated, as well as those displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. The SEND Code of Practice states these behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders or physical symptoms that are medically unexplained. 

Sensory and/or physical needs 

This support focuses on children with disabilities that prevent or hinder their use of the educational facilities generally provided, including those with visual or hearing impairments, multi-sensory impairments, and/or physical disabilities. 

Students with SEND joining Dallam in Year 7 

We’re committed to working with parents and carers to understand the needs and personalities of students with SEND. You know your child best and teamed with the knowledge and experience of our SEND team, we can find the best approach to enable your child to get the most out of their school years – both academically and socially.   

To ensure a smooth transition for students with SEND joining Dallam School in Year 7, we will get to know them before they arrive by:   

  • introducing ourselves during visits to the school as part of our transition process   
  • meeting with the SEND team at their primary school  
  • speaking to parents and carers to gain as much information as we can about their child 

Meet our SEND Team  

Mrs Nelson, our SENCO, is supported by a dedicated and enthusiastic team of 14 staff members, and Mr Surtees, a senior staff member responsible for SEND. Students are supported with their confidence, wellbeing and social development by: 

  • Learning in a dedicated suite of three classrooms and social spaces designed to support and nurture young people.  
  • Having a personal support plan drawn up in collaboration with parents and carers and the local authority. 
  • Support in class – our staff use strategy sheets to enable a productive and bespoke learning plan for students without an EHCP plan. 
  • Joining social skills groups and English and Mathematics functional skills groups. 
  • Accessible clubs and events in school. Our SEND team supports trips outside of school. 
  • Asking for regular feedback. 

We use the most up-to-date SEND support methods in the areas of educational psychology, family support, mental health, physical disability support, sensory impairment support and speech and language therapy.   

If you would like to discuss any aspect of our SEND provision in person, please contact Mrs Nelson at   

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