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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

JMA has a dedicated network of support for students with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

JMA has a carefully considered programme to ensure that it meets the learning and pastoral needs of all students, including those with specific special educational needs. The school is supported by the Local Authority and other appropriate outside agencies, to ensure that all pupils; regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. JMA endeavours to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with special educational need/s being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible. Where students have additional needs, active steps will be taken to prevent these from becoming a barrier to learning and participation.

SEND is broken into 4 categories:

· Communication and Interaction Needs: This includes children who have Speech, Language and Communication difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions.

· Cognition and Learning Needs: This includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties, for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.

· Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs: anxiety, depression, ADHD, any other mental illness and social skills.

· Sensory and/or Physical Needs: This includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning and engagement in school life.

An Individualised Education Plan (IEP) is written by the school with parent and student input for every SEND student. This is shared with all teachers to support the student at JMA. This is updated twice a year with teacher, student, and parent input.

The SEND team have a regular programme of activities to support SEND students. Examples include:

  • Academic After-School Club - every Tuesday, Teaching Assistants will be in B6 to help any SEND students with homework or any lessons they would like extra help with. B6 also has computers so students can go to this session to complete extra Lexia, Passport Maths or other academic websites.
  • Breakfast club - students can come in for a free breakfast from 7.45am to help start their day with a healthy meal. Please let your child's tutor know if you would like your child to be on the Breakfast Club list.
  • Dyslexia tools - students with dyslexia are tested to see how colour overlays and coloured pages in exercise books help with their dyslexia. Common colours include blue, yellow, green and pink; these helps the words focus more on a page helping improve reading and writing.
  • Extracurricular clubs and house competitions - students have timetables for extracurricular clubs and house competitions in their planners; they can also be found on our website. These are excellent opportunities for students to engage in social activities with their peers.
  • Games Club - a safe space for SEND students to use at break and lunch time. Students can read, play board games, and socialise with peers.
  • Lexia Literacy Programme - literacy is fundamental to student's academic progress. Some students are in tutor groups that complete Lexia throughout the week; other students have Lexia lessons built in to their timetable. This is an online programme to support students with reading, writing, and spelling. Students can also access this at home:
  • Passport Maths Programme - some students have Passport Maths lessons built in to their timetable. This is an online programme to support students with maths skills such as mental arithmetic.
  • Pastoral Support - please see our wellbeing section for further information about pastoral support around emotional and mental health offered to students.
  • School nurse - our school nurse is fully qualified in mental health and can support students with one of sessions or regular sessions around mental health such as anxiety or depression.
  • Speech and Language Therapy - 1:1 or small group work with our fully qualified SALT to work on literacy and speech needs.
  • Teaching Assistants - some students are supported in lessons by a teaching assistant.
  • Referrals to external agencies such as CAMHS and PMHW. Please see the information report and wellbeing area of our website for a full list of external agencies we work with.

If you think your child might have SEND, please discuss these with your child's tutor or a member of the SEND team. All members of staff are trained around SEND and will also highlight any concerns they may have around possible SEND needs with students. The SEN co-ordinator (SENCO) for JMA is Rosanna Jahangard and she can be contacted at: Please read our Information Report for further information about how we support SEND student, agencies we work with and identification of SEND.

SEND Information Report 2020-2021 Download

Useful links about common SEND and the support offered by the local authority:

ADHD Foundation:

British Dyslexia Association:

National Autism Society:

Reading Local Authority Services:

Reading Information, Advice & Support Service for SEND (IASS):

SEND Code of Practice:

Useful links to help with academic progress:

BBC Bitesize (range of KS2, KS3 and KS4 subjects):

Lexia Literacy Programme: (students have their username and password for this programme)

Hegarty Maths: (students have their username and password for this programme)

Memory and brain training apps which can be downloaded on to apps or phones: Lumosity or Peak

Timetable Rockstars (numeracy): (students have their username and password for this programme)

Seneca (range of KS3 and KS4 subjects): (students have their username and password for this programme)

*If any students need their username or password reset please contact your child's tutor

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