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Special Educational Needs and Disability

At Kettering Buccleuch Academy the Inclusion Department provides support for students who have been identified as having Special Educational Needs. In accordance with the Children's Act 2014, these children have additional and different arrangements to enable them to make accelerated progress in their learning and achievement.

Identification of need is assessed using a range of base line assessments such as on school entry assessment data, Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs),end of Key Stage levels (SATs), progress over the last three years and/or current assessment levels and individual diagnostic assessments such as tests for the probability of dyslexia, or dyscalculia. Referrals for support from the Inclusion Department can be made by teachers, parents/carers or students. Requests for outside professional support is made by the Director of Inclusion in accordance with the Code of Practice (2014).

The academy provides targeted intervention matched to the individual needs of the student. This is supported via partnership between staff, parents, students and outside agencies. A universal offer of effective quality first teaching environments is a foundation on which more specialised and personalised programmes of support are built. Students identified needs, once assessed, are supported by targets that are planned and detailed on, Individual Education Plans.

Support for students is provided in many different ways depending on the needs of students but could be through: 

  • Specialist resources or programmes
  • Advice and guidance for teaching staff
  • 1:1 mentoring or tutoring
  • Small group mentoring or tutoring
  • Alternative curriculum choices
  • Access Arrangements for examinations
  • Support from Academy Nurse
  • Support from Outside Specialists
  • Support for parents
  • Support via group workshops

The Inclusion Department is led and managed by the Director of Inclusion who is also the Special Needs Coordinator. The Special Needs Coordinator is supported by Assistant to The Director of Inclusion.

Special Education Needs and Disability Information sheets

Local Offer Information Sheet 

Asperger Information Sheet 

Autism Information Sheet 

Dyslexia Information Sheet

Further information on Special Education Needs and Disability can be found on the Northamptonshire County Council website here.