You can find information below about SEN provision and the Academy SEN policy.

Information on a wide range of activities and services aimed at children with SEND and their families is available on the Staffordshire Connects website.

The site includes information on services commissioned by Staffordshire County Council as well as wider services available, therefore offering a greater amount of choice to families.  

The site is regularly updated by providers and is already proving very popular with families.

The SEND Local Offer is the place to go for information, support and services for children and young people 0-25 years with SEND. Information can be searched by age and district. Leaflets about this great resource can be found on our promotional materials page.

Staffordshire Accessibility Strategy 2022-2026:

The Accessibility Strategy sets out the approach Staffordshire County Council (SCC) are taking, working with schools, to increase access to education for children and young people with disabilities, so they can benefit from educational provision to the same extent as all children can.

The Accessibility Strategy has now been finalised. It is for all Staffordshire schools for which SCC has responsibility. The Strategy complies with the requirement in the Equality Act 2010 (Schedule 10) that all local authorities must, in relation to schools for which it is the responsible body, prepare and publish an Accessibility Strategy.

All schools and academies must develop and publish an Accessibility Plan on their website which must comply with the statutory duties as detailed in Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010.

The key priorities of the Accessibility Strategy are to:

  1. Increase access to the curriculum for children and young people with disabilities.
  2. Improve the physical environment to increase access for children and young people with disabilities.
  3. Make information more accessible to children and young people with disabilities.

Please find below a link to the Local Offer from the Derbyshire County Council and the Staffordshire County Council:

https://localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk/#!/directory

https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/home.page

SEND Code of Practice:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

Should you wish to contact the academy's SEN office please email: senoffice@deferrers.com

Update - 23rd May 2022: You can find a flyer for free parent/carer Autism training below

Local Offer from the Derbyshire County Council Local Offer from the Staffordshire County Council

SEND Code of Practice

Meet the Team

David Griffiths - SENDCo

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Carmen Peplow - Assistant SENDCo

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Christine Rhodes - Assistant SENDCo

Christine Rhodes

 

Emma Walton - Assistant SENDCo

Emma Walton

 

Sharon Dunsdon - Hub Co-ordinator (Trent Hub)

Sharon Dunston

 

Ashley Williams - Key Stage Learning Mentor (Dove Hub)

Ashley Williams

 

UPDATE: 22/09/22:

FREE TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES SUPPORTING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SEND

Exploring Anxiety and Low Mood in Children and Young People

A parent workshop designed for families supporting children and young people with SEND. This workshop will focus on low-moderate level anxiety and low mood in young people.

We will look at: 

• Understanding anxiety and low mood 

• Exploring anxiety and low mood with your child/young person

• Practical strategies for supporting anxiety and low mood alongside SEND

• Further support and resources available

The workshop is being held at Branston Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 28th September 9.30-2.30pm a free lunch will be provided

If you would like to attend, please email to request a booking form: sun@staffordshire.gov.uk

 

UPDATE: 22/03/22:

You can a find the link for Staffordshire IASS here: https://www.staffs-iass.org/home.aspx

 

UPDATE: 14/2/2022

Come and join us for a virtual SUN session, Spring 2022

Please note, you will need to be able to access Microsoft Teams in order to join the meeting.

SUN sessions are networking and information sharing sessions between parents, carers, young people, schools and services, for anyone living with or working with a child or young person with SEND. It is an opportunity to find out/share what is happening locally, and what support and services might be available.

Each session will cover one double district (see below)

Ideally you would sign up for the meeting in the district you live, however, if you are unable to take part in your district group, it may be possible to join one of the others, but please bear in mind not all services cover all areas.

Dates and Times of SUN Sessions

Date Time  District
Tuesday 08 March 1.00pm – 2.00pm North Staffs
Thursday 09 March 1.00pm – 2.00pm South Staffs
Tuesday 22 March 1.00pm – 2.00pm East Staffs
Wednesday 23 March 1.00pm – 2.00pm Stafford
Wednesday 30 March 1.00pm – 2.00pm Cannock/Lichfield

Numbers will be limited therefore booking is essential.

If you are a parent, carer, young person or a service provider and would like to attend please email sun@staffordshire.gov.uk on receipt of your completed booking form, you will be emailed with a link to access the meeting once your place is confirmed.

Update: 2/2/2022

Parent and Carer Forum Group:  https://staffspcf.co.uk/

Update: 17/1/22

Free training for parents and carers of children with SEND

SUN provides networking and training opportunities to parents and carers of children with SEND in Staffordshire and is managed by Staffordshire SENDIASS the statutory information, advice and support service. We are delighted to offer the opportunity for parents to attend this free workshop for parents delivered by Laura Graham, Occupational Therapist

Sensory Processing for Parents and Carers

The workshop will introduce the subject, bust some common myths, discuss the minefield of terminology and look at some key strategies to support those with sensory processing needs.

Aim:

  • During the workshop the 7 senses will be introduced and linked to challenges faced on a daily basis by those with sensory processing differences, at home, school and in the community
  • The emerging topic of interoceptive awareness will be discussed and linked to an individual’s emotional regulation
  • Sensory Processing Differences and the links to neurodevelopmental conditions will be discussed and the issues around diagnosis of such sensory differences
  • Assessment of sensory needs and intervention options to support sensory needs will also be discussed.
  • Plus opportunity for Q&A

This two-hour workshop is being delivered online via Microsoft Teams and there are three dates to choose from. Numbers are strictly limited therefore booking is essential.

To book please email: sun@staffordshire.gov.uk

Update: 21/04/21

The new Staffordshire parent carer forum are delivering free workshops about various SEND topics (SEND support in schools, support for parents, EHCPs, appeals etc). Please see the Brighter Beginnings flyer below to book a place.

Update: 09/10/20
Young People with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) – survey: how do you engage online?
 

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