Special Educational Needs


If you have concerns about your child’s progress, you can speak to your child’s subject teacher or Form Tutor in the first instance. If you are concerned your child is still not making progress, please speak to Ms McQuaid, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

You can contact Ms Shah (SENCO) on (0117) 9291661 or by email at senco@andalusiaacademy.org


Identification of Additional Support Needs

All staff at the school are committed to supporting students with additional needs. We try to identify difficulties as early as possible to ensure appropriate provisions are put in place. Additional needs are identified in the following ways:

·         Observations by subject teachers, Form Tutors and the wider school staff.

·         Identification through tracking pupil attainment.

·         Discussions with parents/carers.

·         Discussions with the students themselves.


We follow a graduated response and involve outside agencies where appropriate.


Our aim is for all students to receive high quality teaching and for those who require it, differentiation and additional support is available where necessary.


If a student is identified as requiring an intervention of some kind, we will work to make sure this compliments their learning and ensure parents are kept informed. Where support is identified, this will be allocated in line with the need of the pupil or where indicated in a student’s EHCP. Where appropriate, students will be allocated a Teaching Assistant to allow clear identification of communication lines between the students, subject teachers, the SENCO and Home.



As a school, we are not able to give a Dyslexia Diagnosis.  This would need to be pursued privately by parents either through their GP or by contacting the Dyslexia Action Centre directly.


For students with a Dyslexia diagnosis, all teachers will be made aware, and they will aim to adjust their teaching where necessary using a range of techniques.


Social and Emotional Needs
As well as supporting students with learning and/or medical needs, we are committed to supporting children’s social and emotional development through all areas of the curriculum. We support children’s development in school through our Pastoral support system and higher tier support where necessary.


Laptop / ICT

With the development of ICT across the school, our aim is to utilise this technology to allow students to access as well as enhance the school curriculum. The level and type of ICT used will be decided on a case-by-case basis following discussion between relevant stakeholders.  Alternatively, students are welcome to bring their own mini-book/laptop/iPad if it aids their learning and is agreed with key staff and parents/carers.


Andalusia Academy benefits from external support from a range of agencies, including:

·         The local Authority’s Education Psychology services.

·         Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Learning Improvement Service (SEND Support).

·         Health agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Community Paediatrics.


Please read Andalusia Academy’s SEND policy for more information:



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