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Forest Academy


At Forest Academy we believe that:

♦ All children should be valued regardless of their abilities or difficulties

♦ All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet individual needs

♦ All teachers are teachers of children with SEN

♦ All children can be enabled to fulfill their potential through effective teaching and learning, supporting and encouraging

♦ Effective assessment and provision for children with SEN will be secured with partnership with parents/carers, children, the Local Education Authority and any relevant outside agencies.

Forest Academy is committed to meeting the needs of all pupils including those with special educational needs. There is a shared expectation that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, should be offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community. Forest Academy is an inclusive school and may offer the following range of provision to support children with communication and interaction, cognition and learning difficulties, social, mental and emotional health problems or sensory or physical needs. The range of support deployed will be tailored to individual need following thorough assessment by internal or external agencies. It is designed to promote pupils working towards becoming independent and resilient learners and should not be seen in isolation. 

The class teacher, who is in close and daily contact with the children, is primarily responsible for identifying, assessing and providing a programme of study to meet the needs of any pupils with additional needs. Typically, children with learning difficulties would receive extra support within a small group from a member of the teaching or support staff. Careful records are kept of targets for individual children and the progress they make. These are reviewed on a regular basis. Following consultation with parents, individual children may be referred to outside agencies which form part of the wider educational network. 

 A unified, systematic approach is essential within the school to ensure all-round support, continuity and an effective structure for communicating with parents. The DFE ‘Code of Practice’ and our own Special Educational Needs Information Report (based on the Government's Code of Practice, 2014) provide the framework for these processes. Provision for pupils with additional needs is coordinated by the school’s SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

Our cover SENCo Mrs Le (maternity cover for Mrs Open).

Email:  or call the school on: 020 8777 2808‚Äč

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