Welcome to Our Special Needs Department

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our children and to inform you of the recent SEN departmental changes we have made to improve our SEND provision and secure the School’s financial future.

As a result of invaluable parental feedback, this autumn term we will:

  1. Provide a SEN Departmental Newsletter;
  2. Host a weekly SEN Drop-in Session where you are welcome to discuss any queries or concerns you may have regarding your child and their progress. These sessions will run on a Tuesday from 3.30pm until 5.00pm. Appointments are to be made through the main office. (Given the current COVID-19 situation, these sessions are currently on hold. I will inform parents by ParentMail when they recommence.)

Why is my child on the SEN Register?

If your child is on the SEN register, it means that they have a special educational need. A special educational need is defined by the 2014 code of practice as:

  • A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she: 
  1. has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  2. has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institution

For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers. For a child under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.

What we do

At Tower College every child with a special educational need has a one-page pupil profile detailing information about how staff can best cater to their needs and worries and best help them to improve. In addition to this, if a child with SEN is not making sufficient progress, they will be given an individualised support plan (ISP)  which will be subject to a parental review each term. This plan incorporates targets set by SLT’s, OT’s and any other outside agencies in collaboration with their form/subject teachers and the SENCo. 

SEND Funding

The yearly top-up funding provided by local authorities often falls short of the costs to Tower College. In some cases, in order to fully meet the SEN requirements of the pupil, Tower has to make up the deficit.

Unfortunately, it is no longer possible for Tower College to cover this loss. This means that a substantial number of our 1-1 higher level SEND students will need to reapply for a higher level of top-up funding, if we are to continue to provide the high level of support required. Should the level of funding not be met by the local authorities, parents will be expected to pay the deficit to allow  us to continue with the appropriate levels of support.

After careful consideration and much discussion with our governing body, we are no longer able to accept children who require high levels of 1-1 support without the required funding.

Cases will now be considered on an individual basis and parents will be offered the option of funding the 1-1 support.

Interventions for Low Level Needs

Tower College will continue to offer in-class support and group interventions for our low-level SEN pupils and additional support staff will also be made available. This will be organised internally and it will fit into your child’s timetable within the initial weeks back at School.  If you have any queries regarding the allocated intervention content or frequency, please contact me: mrsgrocutt@towercollege.com

SEN Parents Evening

I will be available at each Departmental / Year group Parents’ Evenings to discuss pupils’ progress and achievements. This will be on an appointment basis – please look out for further information regarding this closer to the time.  A full list of these dates can be found on our events’ listing.  If you have any immediate concerns, please email me.

Please be assured that Tower College staff are very well informed regarding the needs of the children on our SEN register and will do everything in their power to support the children.

Mrs C Grocutt

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