Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)


Our Senco is Sarah Letherby:sletherby@northcambridgeacademy.org

A child or young person has Special Educational Needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability (physical or mental) 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:

*        has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children the same age, or

*        have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of education facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the Local Authority (SEND Regulations 2014).

Swavesey Village College is able to cater for a range of needs including;

*        Communication and Interaction

*        Cognition and Learning

*        Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties

*        Sensory or Physical difficulties

For children of secondary age 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. (Definition taken from the 2014 SEND Code of Practice)

Pupils must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught. However, some pupils for whom English is an additional language may also be identified as SEN if their needs meet the criteria above.


SEND at Swavesey Village College

Swavesey Village College enshrine five core values: pursuing excellence; valuing people; achievement for all; outstanding experiences and extending boundaries

As an inclusive school, much of the support for students with special educational needs (SEN) is delivered in the classroom, through effective differentiation enabling all students to make progress. There are various Teaching Assistants (TAs) allocated to departments within the SEND Team who support this process. If withdrawal is required, the school has an Achievement Support Centre whereby teachers and TA’s deliver interventions to raise attainment of those who require extra support.

Local Offer

As part of the new SEND Reforms, schools and local authorities must provide a description of the educational and training provision that children and young people with SEN or disabilities can expect to be provided.

Schools must develop and publish more detailed information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision available for pupils with SEN. Swavesey Village College local information report and policy can be found below.


Cambridgeshire Local Offer



  1. 07B - Special Educational Needs Policy SVC 14 Nov 16