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The Sir Donald Bailey Academy

A Primary and nursery school for boys and girls aged 2 - 11 years.

Offering 30 hours funded places from September 2017.

Who to contact

01636 680142

Where to go

Sir Donald Bailey Academy
Bailey Road
NG24 4EP

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  1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

The Sir Donald Bailey Academy caters for a wide variety of special educational needs. Including children with medical conditions such as: Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia Physical disabilities (such as Cerebral Palsy), Learning difficulties, Speech and Language delay. Plus, other emotional and behavioural difficulties.

  1. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?

On entry and throughout the academic year, we assess all the children using a variety of different assessments. This enables us to identify children who are working behind academically or children who are functioning at a lower than expected emotional/behavioural level. If you are worried that your child might have special needs, in the first instance, you should discuss this with their class teacher. The teacher will be able to discuss this with you further and if appropriate will discuss further with the SENco. Alternatively, any parents are welcome to make an appointment to meet with the SENco (Miss C Newham). Further details are available in the Special Needs Policy which is located on the website.

3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?

The progress data of all children is closely tracked and monitored regularly throughout the school year. The SENco carefully monitors the progress of children with Special Educational Needs and develops individual action plans where appropriate (in conjunction with the parent) for children who are not making adequate progress. Any interventions which are carried out to support a child are carefully tracked and monitored to ensure that they are having a positive impact. This is done through data analysis and observations. Regular reports are provided to governors who oversee the progress of the children.

3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?

We have an open door policy so parents are always welcome to come and speak to class teachers or the SENco. We also arrange regular review meetings for children with additional needs to discuss how they are doing and future targets. Parents are signposted to relevant support organisations if a specific need is highlighted.

3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

We follow a fully inclusive curriculum and have high expectations for all children. We ensure that all children are given the opportunity to each their full potential. Any children (with or without special educational needs) who are not making adequate progress are targeted and appropriate interventions are put in place. We support pupils with special educational needs by: • Specially prepared learning materials • The use of appropriate ICT equipment • Deployment of teaching assistants • Individual and group teaching sessions/support sessions • Specialist equipment/resources • Signing and assisted communication • Using specialist intervention programmes within the Waves of Provision • Social skills programmes • Seeking support and involvement from Outside Agencies.

3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

All lessons are tailored to the children’s needs and work is planned and matched to the children’s different abilities. Care is taken to identify a child’s specific and preferred way of learning and work is planned accordingly. Where appropriate, a child might have an individual timetable and specific work or additional support depending on their additional need.

3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

The teacher and SENco discuss together the best support to give a child in conjunction with the parent/carer. Where appropriate, individual timetables are planned for specific children. If a child requires additional one to one support with an adult, then where appropriate the school can bid for additional funding. The child’s additional needs would need to match the criteria to qualify for additional funding. This would be applied for by the SENco.

3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

No children are excluded from any activities or school trips. If any child needs additional support of provision, then this is provided.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

At The Sir Donald Bailey Academy, the staff strive to ensure that the children have very positive relationships with the adults they work with. Therefore, they feel they can talk to their teacher. We also have play therapy which we offer to children who we feel might need some extra emotional support. We also have assessments in school that allow us to monitor and track a child's emotional wellbeing.

  1. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.

Miss C Newham (SENco)

  1. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

Staff have ongoing training and support. They have had training in working with children with Autism, Dyslexia and Downs syndrome. We also regularly do a lot of in-school training where staff share expertise with other less experienced staff. All our newly qualified staff attend training with regard to SEN which is run by the Family Senco. We now have 5 other schools within our Multi-Academy Trust and we regularly share knowledge and expertise in relation to children with SEN.

5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

The school has achieved the Dyslexia Friendly Schools award and has specialist TA’s who have a lot of experience of working with children with Dyslexia and Autism. School can also access support from outside professionals should the need arise.

  1. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

Please refer to the school access policy and plan on the website.

  1. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?

Parents are invited to have a parent’s appointment with their child’s class teacher twice per year. We have an open door policy so parents are welcome to speak to their child’s teacher whenever the need arises. The SENco has review meetings two or three times a year for the parents of the more complex special needs children. The SENco also arranges other meetings with parents if school are concerned about a child. Parents can make an appointment or drop in to see the SENco when they feel they would like to speak to her. We welcome the involvement of parents in their child’s education as we feel that this is essential to enable children to reach their full potential.

  1. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?

Children are involved with their target setting and can attend meetings if they would like. The teachers strive to find out the children’s interests and tailor the provision in school to meet these interests. The student council works hard to ensure that they have a correct representation of the children in the school and are involved in organising certain activities and in some strategic decision making.

  1. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?

We would always encourage parents to discuss any concerns they have with the class teacher in the first instance. Alternatively they could make an appointment to speak to the SENco. Please refer to the school complaints policy on the school website.

  1. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?

The SENco provides updates to Trustees. This enables Trustees to see the progress data of children with additional needs and ask questions to ensure that all children’s needs are being met.

  1. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

The school SENco can signpost parents to a wide range of support organisations such as Family Support, local Support groups. The SENco will also refer a child to obtain other professional support if she feels that staff in school needs some advice or training in relation to a specific need of a child. The school website is updated regularly and is a source of information for the parents of children with Special Educational Needs.

  1. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?

Children who join from different areas or during the school year have their transition carefully planned to ensure that it is positive and successful.

  1. ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?

The Sir Donald Bailey Academy has positive relationships with our feeder schools and plan comprehensive transitions for children with additional needs when they transfer into a different phase of their education. This might include additional visits and the staff from secondary school also come to visit children. Children have Vulnerable Pupil Profiles which also are used to aid transition to their next phase of education.

iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

We tailor the curriculum for individual children, so if we feel a child needs further support to learn essential life skills, then this will be incorporated into their learning.

  1. Where can I access further information?

Please see the school website. 


Contact Name
Mrs L Connolly
Contact Telephone
01636 680142
School Website
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
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Record Last Updated On: 16/04/2020

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