Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND)

The Government introduced changes to The Children and Families Act in March 2014 to improve services for children and young people and their families.  These changes will make sure there is a greater “integration between educational provisions and training provision, health and social care provision, where this would promote wellbeing and improve the quality of provision for disabled young people and those with SEN”. 

The ‘Local Offer’ enables families to access and get support from a range of local agencies, from the Local Authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector. The offer will include provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care.

At GLPA we are committed to providing an inclusive education for all our children.  This means that any child who may have Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND) will have access to additional or specialist support throughout their life at our academy.

Our Senco works closely with the class teacher, the child and parents to ensure the correct support is given.

Support may be given in a number of ways, which may include :

  • Working within a smaller group with differentiated learning goals
  • Working with 1-1 support
  • Special intervention groups
  • Pastoral care groups

For those children with more complex needs, we work alongside outside agencies, healthcare & other educational professionals. The academy may also be given additional funding to ensure that those children continue to have extra support whilst at school.  If a child has severe / complex / lifelong needs, they may need more targeted support and this will be specified on an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

In order to give our children the best possible support with their speech and language needs, we have secured the services of a private Speech and Language Therapist who will work in school 1 day a week from September 2020.

Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo)

Mrs Samantha Wadsworth (maternity cover)

Mrs Pippa Kirwan (currently on maternity leave)

If you need to contact Mrs Wadsworth, please email to : info@glpa.org.uk

ServiceArea of Need
CAMHS Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust – Home
 

Mental health support and queries regarding assessment diagnostic process for autism and other needs.    
Mind Mate MindMate – Emotional wellbeing and mental healthReferrals for assessment , resources, online support.
Market Place The Market Place – A drop in centre for young people offering advice and counselling on a range of subjects affecting young people (themarketplaceleeds.org.uk)A range of support for mental health, including 1:1 and group sessions
Leeds Bereavement Services Get bereavement support (leeds.gov.uk)Bereavement support for young people and families.
Child Bereavement UK – Child Bereavement UK   The Market Place – A drop in centre for young people offering advice and counselling on a range of subjects affecting young people (themarketplaceleeds.org.uk)Bereavement counselling for children.
Carers Leeds https://www.carersleeds.org.uk/

Support for Young carers and parents.
Scope Helping your child to sleep | Disability charity Scope UK
Sleep services that support families of children with additional needs, aged between 2 and 19, who have severe sleep problems.
Sleep services that support families of children with additional needs, aged between 2 and 19, who have severe sleep problems.
SENDIASS https://sendiass.leeds.gov.uk/Support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers to help with any concerns or questions, including education related advice. 
Parent Groups
ABC
Leeds ABC Group – Leeds and District Autism, Behaviour and Communication Support Group (wordpress.com)

Zig Zag
Home | ZigZag Leeds Autism Support Group (zigzagautismservices.co.uk)

IPSEA
(IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice

EPIC Leeds
Epic Leeds is a parent, carer and families participation forum in Leeds which aims to empower parents, carers and families to work in partnership with services, organisations and professionals. Epic Leeds – Through the Maze (through-the-maze.org.uk)  

Groups and specialist activities ( *not all autism specific- dependent on interest of y/p and accessibility )
People Matters Leeds | Developing inclusive communities

People in Action (Leeds) UK – Through the Maze (through-the-maze.org.uk)  

Community, Inclusive & Education | Leeds | Geeks Room CiC – gaming/coding/computer-based activities  

Carriageworks Young Theatre Makers – Carriageworks Theatre  

Pyramid of Arts Home – Pyramid | Inclusive Arts Collective
Support for parents with autistic children –advice on education, access to groups and activities, training, and resources.