Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities

Khalsa Secondary Academy supports the principle of inclusion for students with SEND and believes that a policy of inclusive education has the potential to benefit all students. If students are educated together, whatever the nature of their needs and differences, they are much more likely to accept and include one another. Positive adult attitudes and examples serve to develop and increase this potential.

The School believes it has a duty to raise the aspirations of and expectations for all students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and provides a focus on outcomes for students and not just hours of provision and support. The school is committed to providing an ethos, environment and culture that are sympathetic to and understanding of the issues involved in providing a fair and appropriate education for students with SEND. The school believes that all students have an entitlement to the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced education and should be integrated fully into all aspects of school life, without stigma, prejudice or discrimination. We take full account of the Equality Act 2010 and other linked legislation in describing arrangements for providing access for students with SEND and vulnerable or disabled students to a balance and broadly-based curriculum.

Khalsa Secondary Academy aims:

  • to ensure that all students, including those with SEND, achieve their very best outcome from their educational experience with us
  • to work successfully with parents/carers ensuing they are involved in the education of their children so we have a shared agreement of desired outcomes
  • to work successfully with the children and young people in our care and involve them in their own education and provision.
  • for all teachers and staff to have high expectations of all students, particularly those with SEND
  • for all our children and young people to work towards independence so that they are well prepared for their future and have increased opportunities in their lives and employment

Khalsa Secondary Academy’s objectives are to:

  • maximise the progress of SEND students
  • identify and provide for students who have SEND or further additional needs.
  • work within guidance provided in the SEND Code of Practice, 2015.
  • operate a ‘whole student, whole school’ approach to the management and provision of support for special educational needs.
  • provide an Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion (NASENCO) and a qualified SENDCO accountable to the Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion.
  • provide support and advice for all staff working with SEND students.
  • provide support and advice to parents, carers and students and actively develop and maintain partnership and high levels of engagement with parents/carers.
  • ensure access to the curriculum for all students.

 

SEND Register

When a student is identified as having SEND and their category/categories of need have been established, parents/carers will be contacted and information will be sought in order to involve them in the process. The views of the student will also be sought.

For more information about how we identify and meet SEND please read Sections 3.1-3.41 of our SEND Policy.

 

Key contacts for SEND (In order of contact/priority)

If your communication is specifically related to SEND specifically, please contact:

(Currently Advertising)

SENDCo

                                                                                                     

Ms Tabitha Rowe

Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

Acting SENDCo

Deputy DSL

t.rowe@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Mrs Susan Jackson

SEND Lead – KAT Board of Trustees

info@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

(FAO of the SEND Trustee, Susan Jackson)

 

If your communication is related to Pastoral support or Safeguarding for a SEND student, please contact:

Mr Alex Betts

Head of Learning Y7-8

a.betts@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Mrs Ellen Day

Head of Learning Y9

e.day@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Ms Natalie Timotheou

Head of Learning Y10

n.timotheou@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Mr Jags Roopra

Head of Learning Y11

j.roopra@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Mr Adam Kilbane

Head of Learning Sixth Form

a.kilbane@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

 

SEND Department

We are pleased to have a wide range of skills and expertise in our department:

Staff Member and Role

Profile

Associated Year Group

Ms T Rowe – Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion, Acting SENDCo, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

 

Ms Rowe is a qualified teacher, holding a BA Hons in Primary Education, the National Professional Award for Senior Leadership and the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Education: SEND. Ms Rowe has vast experience working across all key stages (KS1-5) in special and mainstream schools. Her specialisms are in social, emotional and mental health needs, communication and interaction needs (including autism), ADHD and complex comorbid needs.

SLT Link for Year 9.

Oversight of SEND in all year groups.

SENDCo – Currently Advertising

 

 

Mrs S Khambe – Teaching Assistant

An experienced TA working both in class and 1:1. Supporting SEN children with Special learning difficulties(SPLD) like Dyslexia and other Cognition and Learning difficulties. Mrs Khambe has supported specifically in KS4 (GCSE) classes.

Year 7

Mrs R Kaur – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Keen has worked with both Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils at KSA for several years, both in class and as a 1:1 support. She is a qualified Teaching Assistant (Level 3) with SEND experience in mainstream education and has particular strengths in supporting Maths and English.

Year 8 and 10

Ms D Mann – Teaching Assistant

Miss Mann is a Teaching Assistant, specialising in Social, Emotional and Mental Health. She holds a BSC in Psychology and is working towards her counselling qualification. Miss Mann has a particular interest in Child Development and has studied this throughout her academic career. She has previously worked with adolescents in highly intense settings, where she managed and supported challenging behaviour. 

Year 9

Ms E Harrison – Teaching Assistant

Ms Harrison has 4 years of experience both as a SEND TA and as a 1:1 Autism Support Worker in the community. She has a Level 4 certification in Makaton (a communication system for those with learning difficulties) and intends to become a qualified Makaton tutor. Her experience predominately lies in working with young people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities spanning Early Years to Further Education colleges and she is passionate about disability rights.

Year 9

Mrs S Keen – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Keen has worked with both Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils at KSA for several years, both in class and as a 1:1 support. She is a qualified Teaching Assistant (Level 3) with SEND experience in mainstream education and has particular strengths in supporting Maths and English.

Year 11 and Post 16

Ms R Hodge – VI Assistant and Independent Life skills Teaching Assistant

Ms Hodge is highly passionate about the quality of education and care young children obtained whilst in school. Having worked with vulnerable young children before, she developed a speciality in Independent Living Skills and ensuring children are prepared for situations they may face once they leave school. 

 

Year 11 1:1 and 14+ Preparation for Adulthood

Mrs R Mazhar – Teaching Assistant and EAL Coordinator

A qualified Teaching Assistant and a Business Graduate, Mrs Mazhar has years of experience working with a range of schools. Mrs Mazhar has recently taken on the role of EAL Coordinator, working 1:1 and with small groups both in and outside the classroom. 

EAL

Mrs Jina Basra – (Independent) Careers Advisor

 Mrs Basra provides impartial advice and works with the Careers Leader and SEND department to develop an appropriate careers provision for all school forms from Year 7 to Year 13, achieving the best outcomes for all students in particular, those with SEND.

All year groups, specifically Y9 up.

Mr C Brydon – Agency TA

Specialties in Maths and Science.

1:1


Click here to read our SEND Policy which you will also find in our Policies section

Click here to read our SEND Information Report which you will also find in our Policies section

Where to find help and advice

Buckinghamshire Local Authority’s Local Offer – where you can find a directory of help for children and young people with SEND in Bucks.

Chiltern and South Bucks Hub (Integrated SEND Service)

National Autistic Society

British Dyslexia Association

Dyscalculia Association

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Speech and Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy