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Special Educational Needs

Fakenham Academy is committed to the provision of exceptional learning opportunities for all, regardless of their special educational needs.


Kinds of SEND provided for at Fakenham Academy

The SEND department provides support for students across 4 areas of need as laid out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014:

  • Cognitive and Learning (CL) - dyslexia, slow processing, literacy, numeracy, mixed neurodevelopmental disorder, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, moderate learning difficulties, developmental delay.
  • Communication and Interaction (CI) - aspergers, autistic spectrum disorder, speech and language, social communication difficulties, elective mute
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) - ADD, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, depression, self-harming, eating disorders, attachment disorder.
  • Sensory and Physical Needs (SPN) - visual impairment, hearing impairment, medical needs including diabetes and epilepsy, cerebral palsy, physical disabilities.

The SEND profile for FAN 2017-18 is as follows

How do we identify SEND?

If a student is identified as having SEND, then provision that is additional to their normal differentiated curriculum is put in place to overcome the barrier to learning. Learners fall behind for different reasons and the Academy is committed to ensure that all learners have access to learning opportunities. Students at risk of not learning receive intervention packages however, this does not mean that all vulnerable students have SEND. Only students with a learning difficulty requiring special educational provision will be identified as having SEND

Assessing SEND

Prior to arriving at Fakenham Academy information about students special educational needs are gained from Primary Schools, KS2 results, baseline testing and progress data. A series of visits by the SEND Manager to feeder primary schools during Spring and Summer Terms including attendance at EHCP reviews in Y6 helps to complete the picture. During the year students are monitored through retesting of identified students, parent
Consultation, feedback from teaching staff and observations, academic monitoring and reporting system based on formal subject testing and continuous assessment and student self referrals.


Provision for SEND students includes:

  • quality teaching with appropriate differentiation in place
  • additional adult support in classrooms where appropriate
  • reduced class sizes where appropriate
  • Literacy support. Students may be withdrawn from Language lessons in order to address identified literacy needs. This occurs in consultation with the student and parents and targets students with a reading age below 8 years.
  • Morning intervention. Reading sessions are targeted at those students with a reading and/or spelling age below 9 years.
  • Individual mentoring sessions are provided for identified students to support social / communication skills
  • Referral for advice and support from outside agencies.

SEND Funding

FAN receives direct funding to support the needs of learners with SEND, as well as Top Up funding from Cluster, for those students with higher level needs The funding received for 2017-2018 is £293,471.40.

Evaluating the effectiveness of the provision

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership. The stages of intervention are:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Do
  • Review

Students, parents and carers, teaching staff and support staff are involved in the reviewing progress. If a student has an Educational Health and Care Plan then a formal review will be held annually.

The SENCO collates the impacts of interventions to ensure that effective interventions are used. Progress data for all students is collated by the Academy and is monitored by teaching staff, Senior Leaders and Academy Council members. FAN is monitored by Ofsted.

How Fakenham Academy enables students with SEND to engage in the activities of the school

  • Use of Pupil Premium money to support students activities
  • Bursary payments for post 16 learners
  • Link to Educational Visits policy
  • In line with the Equality Act 2010 and the DIsability Discrimination Act 2010

Fakenham Academy is committed to making reasonable adjustment to ensure participation for all students

Support that is available for improving the emotional, mental and social development of students with SEND

Students are well supported by: Learning for Life lessons that provide a social, emotional and mental health programme, a pastoral system that provides targeted support for individual / groups of students including programmes such as anger management and self esteem building, a student voice through the school council, an anti-bullying policy that is supported by a House system, a vertical tutoring system. INdividual students may also be referred to outside agencies such as EP Youth.

Preparing for the next step

At transfer from Primary to the Academy a series of visits by SEND Manager to feeder primary schools takes place during the Spring and Summer Terms in order to meet Year 6 students with special educational needs, discuss needs/previous provision with primary SENDCOs and to collate information. There are a number of Transition Arrangements in place including Open Evening, Make a Friend Day, Additional morning for SEND students, Transition Weeks, Transition Evening. Post 16 students with SEND are offered specialist careers advice and collaborate closely with the institutions of further education that our students progress onto.

Useful contacts

SEND staff

  • Lianne Higgins SENDCO BEd(Hons), MA (Education), Postgraduate qualifications in Literacy Acquisition and Managing Behavioural Difficulties.
  • Lyn Walker SEND MAnager - NVQ3, HLTA
  • Gemma De Jong Cleyndert Specialist assessor / Literacy instructor - NVQ3, Level 3 Dyslexia, CPT3A Certificate of Psychometric Testing & Access Arrangements Level 7.
  • Helena Cribbins Instructor - Maths
  • Claire Chapman Instructor - Science
  • Victoria Dockery Instructor - English
  • SEND staff includes a further 9 Student Support Assistants with additional expertise and training.
  • Whole staff training - Differentiation, Dyslexia, Epipen, Safeguarding, Literacy

Opinions matter

The views of parents are regularly collected at parents evenings and we carry out an annual survey where students are asked for their views. In addition we welcome feedback at any time from parents, careers and students with SEND.

Norfolk County Council SEND Offer

Further support agencies

Your feedback and future involvement in the review of our SEND offer is welcomed. Lianne Higgins is the SENCO at Fakenham Academy and can be contact on 01328 862545 or