Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
The Special Educational Needs Department caters for the needs of students with academic, physical, social, and emotional difficulties. We aim to provide inclusive provision to all students identified with Special Educational Needs to ensure that they can participate fully in the life of the Academy and achieve to their full potential.
The following documents will give you more information about specific special educational needs and provide guidance on how you can support your child at home. If you have any concerns or would like any more information about the SEND provision at Q3 Academy Great Barr, please get in touch.
SENCo: Miss Merchant
Our SEND Policy and Local Offer, Information Report, and Intervention Guide can be found on our Policies and Information page.
Does your child have dyspraxia?
Dyspraxia affects fine and gross motor co-ordination and can cause problems for young people in planning, organising and carrying out movements in the right order in everyday situations.
There is a new book written by Emma Austin-Jones, The Lilac Story is a fairy tale featuring a group of characters who have varying degrees of dyspraxia. It is a story of inclusion, friendship and kindness and how it is OK to be grumpy sometimes. For more information visit www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk/
Does your child have Dyslexia?
Choosing books that will engage and captivate children who struggle with reading is often challenging. Help is now at hand with the publication of a free guide from Barrington Stoke and Dyslexia Action – “Dive in; A guide to choosing children’s books for reluctant readers and readers with dyslexia” lists 40 titles divided into age range categories.
Does your child have ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is normally used to describe children who have three main kinds of problems:
- overactive behaviour (hyperactivity)
- impulsive behaviour
- difficulty in paying attention.
Does your child have autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the name for a range of similar conditions, including Asperger syndrome, that affect a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour.
‘Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others. Autistic people see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you are autistic, you are autistic for life; autism is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured‘. Often people feel being autistic is a fundamental aspect of their identity. Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing’ (National Autistic Society, 2016)
Supporting ASD children with puberty: https://www.autism.org.uk/about/communication/sex-education.aspx#
Developing good speaking and listening skills: https://www.theschoolrun.com/speaking-listening-skills-SEN-kids
Supporting with handwriting: http://www.teachhandwriting.co.uk/
The role of the SENCo: https://www.theschoolrun.com/how-a-senco-could-help-your-child
Guide to Internet Safety and Privacy for Kids (And Parents): https://www.lifecake.com/family-internet-safety-privacy/