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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)



                                                                   Mrs Sara Henderson - SENDCO

             Mrs Sara Henderson, Deputy Head and SENDCO

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


We believe that every child at our St John's C of E Academy is unique and special, so we aim to provide an inclusive and values driven curriculum, which has been designed specifically for our St John’s children and families.


Our curriculum aims to ensure the best possible progress and personal achievement for all our children whatever their needs or abilities. We are committed to developing cultures, policies and practices that are inclusive. Systems are in place to identify when children have barriers affecting their learning, followed by specific interventions to help children overcome these barriers. This practice of personalising learning applies to all children. For academically more able children this means provision of appropriate challenge to develop their particular talents. Where children are identified as needing additional support in any aspect, the academy follows the SEND Code of Practice. This ensures that each child’s needs are individually and appropriately catered for, and that any outside agencies are involved in providing guidance and support.        

The key principles of the SEND Code of Practice are:

  • The participation of children, their parents and young people in decision making

    ·   The early identification of children and young people’s need and early intervention to support

    ·   Greater choice and control for young people and parents over support

    ·   Collaboration between education, health and social care services to provide support

  • High quality provision to meet the needs of children with SEND

We want our children to be safe, achieve, be healthy, enjoy life and grow up to be successful adults who will make a positive contribution to the society in which they live. We fully believe in equipping our children to live life in all its fullness. (John 10:10)


Please take a look at our bespoke St John's SEND Report offer for lots of information on our provision and links to support agencies, information and websites, and our SEND Policy, both are available on our policies page here.


Local Authorities are required to publish information on all of the provision that they expect to be available across available across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.  This information is available on the local authority website here:

Coventry’s SEND local offer:


Further Information

This NHS run page provides information on the different SEN conditions. There are also links to other relevant and useful pages:


Glossary of Terms

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD - Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder
BESD - Behavioural Emotional and Social Difficulties
CAF - Common Assessment Framework

CCT - Complex Communication Team

CIASS - Communication and Interaction Support Service(including Autism)
CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
COP – Code of Practice
CP – Child Protection
EAL - English as an Additional Language
EHCP – Educational Health and Care Plan

EP – Educational Psychologist

FSM - Free School Meals
G&T – Gifted and Talented

IEP – Individual Education Plan
IPMHS – Integrated Primary Mental Health Service
KS – Key Stage
LA – Local Authority
LAC – Looked After Child
MLD – Moderate Learning Difficulty
NC – National Curriculum
OT – Occupational Therapist
RSA – Request for Statutory Assessment
SaLT – Speech and Language Therapy
SLCN – Speech Language and Communication Needs

SEN – Special Educational Needs
SEND – Special Educational Needs and Disability
SENDCO – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator

SEMH+L - Social, Emotional, Mental Health and Learning
VI – Visual Impairment

AI - Auditory Impairment