This page aims to help parents understand how they can help their child if they have Special Educational Needs and/or a disability.


What are Special Educational Needs?

Usually called SEN, it means that a child has additional needs to the majority of children of their age and that they need extra help at school to achieve their full potential.  This could be for a number of reasons and we support these needs in a variety of ways.


What is a Disability?

Under the ‘Equality Act 2010’ you are disabled if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term’ negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

At Ilminster E-ACT Academy, we aim to consider the individual needs of each child and work together to try to support every child.  This could be for a short period or for much of their time at the school. Not all children with SEN are disabled, and not all disabled children have SEN. In School, we follow the guidance in the SEND Code of Practice, to help us make sure we do all that we can to meet the needs of our pupils.


Welcoming and admission arrangements for disabled pupils

Where it is practicable to make reasonable adjustments to enable a prospective pupil to take up a place at the Academy and to satisfy the current admissions criteria, the Academy is committed to providing those reasonable adjustments.

In order to meet the needs of disabled pupils, the Academy requires full information. The Academy will ask prospective pupils to disclose whether they have received any learning support, have had an educational psychologist’s report or have any disability or other condition of which the Academy
should be aware. Where a pupil has a statement of special educational needs the Academy will work with the Local Authority (LA) who makes and maintains the statement to ensure that the identified provision is delivered in an appropriate manner. In assessing the pupil or prospective pupil, the Academy may need to take advice and require assessments as appropriate. The Academy will be sensitive to any issues of confidentiality


How do we support our pupils with Special Educational Needs?

More information about the way we identify and support our pupils can be found in the SEND Policy.  This document sets out to help parents and carers to understand what we do and how we do it, as well as the kind of support that we are able to provide.

Click the links below to find out more:

SEND Information Report 


Accessibility Plan

There is also more information about Bristol’s Local Offer, the online hub for 0-25 year olds with special educational needs or a disability, on their website

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