SEN Information

SEN Information

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Information Report June 2016

In line with the revised SEN Code of Practice, welcome to our Special Educational Needs Information Report. Also published the the bottom of this page is our Local Offer.

Driffield School and Sixth form is an 11-18 comprehensive school committed to removing all barriers to learning and has created the Student Services Team to ensure that all our students receive the fullest support.  Working to ensure the inclusion of all students, this team focuses particularly on those who require help or support in their learning or have emotional, behavioural, physical or mental health needs.

As a school we believe that:

  • Equality of opportunity must be safeguarded and access to a framework of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is an entitlement of all students
  • Everyone should be able to contribute and everyone should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential in a safe, supportive and positive environment.
  • Students with additional needs will earn alongside their peers with additional support and resources as appropriate to their individual needs.  In some cases this may mean short term step out from mainstream teaching.
  • It is necessary to match the demands of a learning task to the capability of the student and by using a differentiated approach it will be possible to provide a positive and successful learning experience for all students.

Above all else, we value each other

Driffield School Aims and Values

Who might I need to contact?

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

Mrs Deborah Dalton

Role:  Strategic oversight of SEN, member of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)
Contact Number:  01377 253631 Ext 263
Contact email:

Acting Assistant Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (Assistant SENCO)

Miss Susan Howe

Role:  Assists SENCo
Contact Number:  01377 253631 Ext 257
Contact email:

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Manager

Mrs Tina Potter

Role:  Day to day management of SEN matters
Contact Number:  01377 253631 Ext 250
Contact email:

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Governor

Mrs Helen Tordoff

Role:  Governor – oversight of SEN
Contact number:  01377 253631

A member of the student services team is available at all parents' evenings and other open evenings run by the school over the year.

SEND Policy

Driffield School and Sixth Form’s SEND policy can be found at the bottom of this page. Hard copies of the policy or copies in alternative format can be accessed from the Main School office.

Other relevant policies also available on the website:

  • Accessiblity Policy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Disability Equality Scheme
  • Equality Policy and Scheme
  • Antibullying Policy

How do we identify and Assess Special Educational Needs at Driffield School?

Driffield School staff work very closely with staff at our partner primary schools to ensure a smooth transition for all our students.  Our SEN Manager liaises very closely with school staff, parents and carers to ensure that all relevant information is transferred with students.  This information is then used to inform teachers of any students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and to plan for deployment of resources and support.  The SEN Manager also attends Transition Reviews and Annual Reviews for year 5 and 6 students.

All students take Cognitive Ability (CAT) Tests on entry to the school and sit a reading assessment.  In addition to the information already provided by our partner primary schools, the results of these assessments are analysed to identify any possible areas of concern.  Throughout the school year, pupil progress is carefully monitored by class teacher observation of performance, alongside regular assessments and tracking.  If the teacher considers that a child is having difficulties with the curriculum and with appropriate intervention is failing to make progress, they will liaise with the SEN Manager, who will carry out additional specialist assessments.  Appropriate interventions will then be put in place to address the area of difficulty.  These interventions will be reviewed regularly and the outcomes reported to parents/carers.  At times it is appropriate to seek the advice of external agencies such as the Education Inclusion Service.

Students transferring to us mid-year are required to attend an admission interview.  Prior to this meeting information from their current school is collated to ensure the students are placed in the appropriate classes and appropriate support is place prior to their admission.

How is the provision and outcomes for Young People with SEND reviewed at Driffield School?

In order to ensure that all teaching staff have the appropriate information to effectively support individual student needs, a student that has been identified as having an additional need may be added to the school’s SEN List at ‘SEN Support’.  This outlines the nature of the need and indicates that the student is receiving additional support within the school.  Advice will also be provided on how teaching staff can best meet student needs.  Parents/carers will of course be informed and along with the student contribute to the overall support plan.  Specific outcomes will be agreed with individual students and appropriate resources will be put in place to enable the outcomes to be achieved.  These outcomes will be reviewed termly to monitor and evaluate student progress, by the SEN Manager, who will work very closely with the student, class teachers and parents/carers.  If during the review process, additional support is no longer considered necessary, a student’s name will be removed from the SEN List and the student monitored to ensure that progress is maintained.

If a student has a Statement of Educational Need or an Education and Health Care plan, an Annual Review Meeting will be held each year to discuss progress over the year and to set and agree new outcomes.  It is at this meeting that school staff, parents/carers and outside agencies will be invited to attend.  The outcomes will also be monitored and reviewed throughout the year on a termly basis.

Overall attainment and progress of students with SEND is analysed and evaluated termly by the SENCo and reported to the Strategic Leadership Team and Governors.

What different types of support are available for Young People with SEND at Driffield School?

Our aim is to ensure that all students have access to high quality differentiated classroom teaching.  To facilitate this, all staff are provided with the necessary information and training to effectively deliver this. However, to enable some students make expected progress they may benefit from access to additional support or resources.  This is accessed via the SEN Manager in collaboration with the class teacher, parent/carer and young person and is clearly stated on the individual progress plan.  This is reviewed regularly to ensure the most effective support is in place.

We have a range of resources and interventions available to support students with SEND at Driffield School according to their need.  Some students will benefit from additional classroom support provided by a teaching assistant.  The role of the teaching assistant is to support the student in a manner which enables them to access the learning as independently as possible and make at least good progress within lessons.

For some students, the support may take the form of more specific focused interventions such as 1 to 1 tuition, literacy and numeracy intervention groups, withdrawal sessions in the Learning Support Base, social communication groups or short term step out provision in our KS3 Nurture Group.

At KS4, there are a number of alternative pathways and options available to those students with SEND.  For example, some students follow a bespoke vocational Foundation Learning Course in Y10 and Y11. Students are supported through the options process and given advice and guidance on appropriate option choices.

For some students physical resources may be needed to enable them to access the full curriculum, e.g. specialist equipment.  This is usually accessed with the support of another agency, e.g. occupational therapists.  Again this is part of the student’s individual learning plan.

How will the school ensure all staff are aware and understand a Young Person’s SEND?

All young people who have SEND have an individual progress plan that indicates their individual need and provides recommendations on how best to support them.  These plans are held electronically for all staff to access.

When students enter the school in Y7, staff are also issued with a hard copy of information regarding student’s special educational needs and disabilities.

At the start of each academic year staff receive class lists, which clearly indicate any students with additional needs.  These needs are also discreetly indicted on the electronic register taken by staff at the start of each lesson.

Staff have electronic access to the SEN List and student’s individual plans to gather further information.

Staff can also liaise directly with the Student Services Department for advice and further guidance.  A hard copy of all student information is held in individual SEND files with the Student Services department.

In each staff room a SEND information board is regularly updated with key information.  This is more general information, not student specific.

Regular training is offered to staff on specific issues such as ASD, Attachment disorder etc.

How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s progress?

If the school have concerns about a student’s progress, a phone call home will usually be the first step.  This could be from the Form Tutor, Class Teacher, House Team or the SEN Manager depending on the nature of the concern.  Parents/carers may be invited in for a meeting to discuss the concern so appropriate support can be put in place.

How is support allocated to Young People with SEND?

The level and nature of the support allocated is based on the identified needs of the student and the support needed to help them progress in their learning.  The support and resources allocated to a young person is indicated on their learning plan.

Which other people and organisations provide services to Young People with SEND in Driffield School?

Driffield School works alongside a number of agencies and organisations to provide services to students with SEND. These include:

  • Education Inclusion Service (EIS)
  • Integrated Sensory Support Service (ISSS) for visual and hearing impaired students
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • School nurse
  • Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Youth and Family Support Services (YFSS)
  • Educational Welfare
  • Education Information Service (EIS)
  • Speech and Language Service

What training have staff received to support Children and Young People with SEND?

Staff development is very important at Driffield School and as such the school has spent a great deal of time investing in the professional development of all staff.  Training on key issues is offered to all teaching staff at appropriate times and staff are able to request specific training as part of their professional development conservations annually.

The SENCo and Assistant SENCO both hold an appropriate recognised qualification for SENCo’s.

The SENCo and SEN Manager both hold a qualification for the identification, assessment and teaching of dyslexia.

The Student Services Team have 3 primary trained teachers, with specific expertise in the teaching of literacy and numeracy.

The Student Services Team have 2 HLTA’s, one who specialised in the teaching of maths and one in behaviour management and emotional literacy.

Staff within the Student Services Team have received a wide range of training to support young people with SEND.  This includes training on dyslexia, attachment, autistic spectrum conditions, Inclusion for Vulnerable Learners, SENCo training, ICT for SEN, literacy, numeracy and teaching assistant training.

The wider staff at Driffield School have received training in behaviour management, the effective use of teaching assistants, strategies for meeting the needs of all learners and using technology to promote teaching and learning.

How is teaching adapted for a Young Person with SEND at Driffield School?

All teachers at Driffield School are teachers of SEND.  Lessons are differentiated and made accessible for all by using a number of strategies including the use of different resources and tasks.  Additional adults may also be used within the classroom.  Specific adaptations can also be made, for example, work can be converted into Braille for those students with visual impairments.

What support is available for me as a parent/carer of a Child or Young Person with SEND at Driffield School?

Parents are welcome to contact the SEN Manager at any time to discuss any concerns or to arrange a meeting.  The Form Tutor and House Team are also a good point of contact.  The school also works with many outside agencies who are able to support parents/carers of young people with specific needs.

How is the school’s physical environment accessible to Young People with SEND?

The school’s physical environment is adapted in many ways to ensure it is accessible for all our students.

The school site has a number of lifts, self-opening doors and ramps allowing wheelchair access.  Students are carefully timetabled to ensure they are in classrooms that they are easily able to access.

The site has also been adapted with high visibility paint for those students with visual impairments.  We currently have access to a braille facilities on site, run by staff from the Visually Impaired Service.

Classrooms are made accessible with height adjustable tables and Soundfield systems for students with hearing impairments.

The school also has a Physical Management Room for those students requiring physiotherapy.

Accessible toilet facilities are available on all of the main buildings. 

What facilities are available for Young People with SEND on the school site?

Within the Students Services building, students can access our lunchtime homework club which is staffed by teaching assistants.  If needed, students can also access a safe, quiet area over lunchtime and breaks.  There are a range of other clubs and facilities available for students such as sports clubs and the school Learning Resource Centre.

How will Young People be supported during transitions (when moving to another school or between classes in the school)?

When moving to another school/education provider

When students move from their primary schools to Driffield School there is an extensive programme of transition work that takes place on an individual, departmental and whole school level.  The SEN Manager and Assistant SENCo liaise very closely with staff from primary schools and with the parents/carers of those children with SEND. Where appropriate, extra visits and sessions are organised in addition to those offered to all students.  For some students, where appropriate, an alternative transition plan may be put in place.  For example, a small number of students access our KS3 Nurture Group at the beginning of Y7 and make a gradual transition into mainstream lessons.

When students make the transition from Y11 to their next destination, they are supported through this process.  Students with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Education and Health Care Plan will attend a Transitional Review Meeting during Y11.  The Youth and Family Support Service also attend these meetings to give advice and guidance on further education and colleges, help students with applications and to support visits to college open days. They are also available to offer support and guidance to other students with SEND.  The school liaises with further education providers and colleges to ensure appropriate information is passed on and to enable a smooth transition for students.

Moving around site, between classes

During the school day, where appropriate, students can be met in a morning and supported during form time. They are also supported by a teaching assistant at transition times between lessons and around the school site. If necessary, they are also escorted to meet their parent/carer or to catch the school bus.

Who can I contact with respect to a compliment, concern or complaint?

Mrs. D. Dalton (SENCo)                01377 254631 ext 263
Mrs. H. Torfdoff (Governor)             01377 253631
Parent Partnership (East Riding)   01482 392108/9

Please click here for the East Riding Local Offer website. Below is a copy of our SEND Local Offer and SEN & Disability Policy and Procedures.

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