Corngreaves Academy has a strong inclusive ethos and we are committed to giving every child the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We have high expectations of our learners and we believe every child deserves aspirational adults to support their learning.
The SENDCo at our school is Mrs Leanne Timmins (Wednesday-Friday) and she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning the school office on 01384 569 333.
- There are four areas of SEND: Cognition and Learning (Moderate, Severe and Profound Learning difficulties, as well as Specific Leaning Difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia), Communication and Interaction (Speech, Language and Communication needs, Autism), Social, Emotional and Mental Health (depression, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders etc.) and Sensory/ Physical Needs (Visual impairment, Hearing impairment, physical disabilities).
- We use a graduated approach to special needs as laid out in the SEND Code of Practice. We follow the Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle right from the earliest stages of monitoring and identification of SEND to children with an EHC plan.
- At Corngreaves we use the EEF Five-A-Day during lessons to ensure that our children with SEND can access quality teaching with their class family. The EEF outlines 5 principles: explicit instructions, cognitive and metacognitive strategies, scaffolding, flexible grouping and using technology. If you would like more information please visit the EEF website on https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/eef-blog-the-five-a-day-approach-how-the-eef-can-support
- We have a team of teaching assistants that deliver a variety of interventions for pupils who need some extra, targeted support. These include: Read Write Inc. Phonics, Speech and Language 1:1 sessions, nurture groups, social groups, maths boosters and sensory circuits. Our TAs also support in class during the wave 1 first teaching.
- We are quick to identify children with additional needs, using tools such as WELLCOMM and in class observations and we work closely with professionals: Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language therapists, Special Advisory Teachers and the Complex Communications and Autism Team, to ensure that the provision meets the needs of the child.
Sandwell has produced, as required by law, a 'Local Offer' which sets out the support they expect to be available for children and young people in Sandwell with special educational needs and disabilities. This can be accessed by clicking on the button below.