Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey have the ability to support a wide range of needs from the four main categories:

  • Cognition and Learning - including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and other Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Speech, Language and Communication - including verbal processing difficulties and selective mutism
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health - including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other social communication difficulties
  • Sensory and Physical Difficulties - including visual and auditory impairments and varying levels of physical needs

Our team of Teaching Assistants provide support in the classroom and focused interventions to small groups and individuals. 

Aims and Objectives

We seek to promote the academic, spiritual and social development of all students regardless of ability or additional need.

We will:

  • make the curriculum as accessible as possible to meet the individual needs of each pupil
  • ensure all staff are aware of the different types of needs faced by our pupils, so that suitable provision can be made in their subject areas
  • implement additional support and intervention where necessary to assist pupils in overcoming learning difficulties
  • work closely with parents and carers and keep them informed of their child's progress and the support in place for them.

How are children’s needs assessed at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey?

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Mrs Gill is the best person to contact.  The SENCo has responsibility for what happens on a day-to-day basis at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey for pupils with a Special Educational Need - she provides professional advice to other teachers in school to help ensure all pupils make progress. 

Mrs Gill is supported by two Assistant SENCos.  Together they oversee liaison with outside agencies, ensure the correct provision in school and manage a team of teaching assistants.

You can contact Mrs Gill by calling the Academy on 01795 873591, or email: karen.gill@oasisisleofsheppey.org

You may also wish to email Assistant SENCos Mrs Simmance for East Campus enquiries, or Mrs Fairfield for West Campus enquiries:

martine.fairfield@oasisisleofsheppey.org

gwen.simmance@oasisisleofsheppey.org

What action will the academy take if a need is identified?

We monitor the progress of all pupils four times a year to review their academic development and use a range of assessments at various points – including Cognitive Ability Tests on arrival. 

More detailed assessments will only be employed when a pupil persistently makes inadequate progress, despite high quality teaching and extra support.  These will be employed following consultation with parents, and are completed by a registered British Psychological Test user. 

This more detailed assessment will help us to understand what additional resources and different approaches are needed to help a pupil make better progress.  More information is available in our SEN Policy document and our SEND Information Report.

What action will Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey take if a need is identified?

The learning needs of most pupils can usually be met by Quality First teaching in class, however, some may require extra help.  This may be managed by the class teacher and could be achieved by working in small groups or on a one-to-one basis with the teacher or a teaching assistant. 

If progress is not sufficient, extra support will be put in place to enable the pupil to achieve.  This may include subject-based intervention to target areas of weakness, small group tutoring for Literacy and Numeracy and pastoral Family support intervention. 

If a pupil has identified special educational needs, the additional support they require to achieve will be put into a SEN support plan and reviewed regularly in communication with parents.

SEND Provision Map

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey works to provide the best for all students, aiming for excellent outcomes regardless of starting points on entry to the school.  In order to do this the school provides 3 waves of intervention:

  • Wave 1- High quality teaching for all.  This is a universal approach for all students.
  • Wave 2- Additional Personalised interventions.  This is a targeted approach for students who are not making expected progress.
  • Wave 3 –Additional highly personalised interventions and/or Statements/EHCPs.  This is a specialist approach for students whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong and who need more support than from the School Offer.

 

The way in which the Academy meets the needs of students through Wave 1, 2 and 3 is identified in the SEND Provision Map

Disability Access Statement

Introduction

Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey is committed to a fair and equal treatment of all individuals regardless of disablement. The Academy will welcome applications from people with disabilities to join the Academy community as students and staff. The Academy has been designed and built to have provision and accessibility for people with disabilities so that they may be integrated fully into Academy life and has been designed to be fully DDA compliant (as expected with new school buildings). The curriculum will be designed so that it may be delivered to provide flexible and equal access to all students whether able or disabled as far as is practicable within a mainstream educational establishment. 

Aims

The aims of this statement are to ensure that: 

  • Applications for admission from all potential students are considered in line with the published admission arrangements; 
  • Applications for employment are considered and assessed on the basis of the applicants' aptitudes, abilities and qualifications; 
  • Disabled staff and students have access to the appropriate support and adaptations to enable them to be fully included in the life of the Academy; 
  • The views of individual students or staff are taken into account at all times when their requirements are being assessed; 
  • All students are fully integrated into the Academy and individual needs are assessed and supported as far as is practicable within a mainstream educational establishment;  
  • Staff working with disabled people, either as colleagues or as students, have appropriate information, support and training;  
  • Steps are taken to enable staff and students who become disabled during their time at the Academy to continue in their chosen career or course of study as far as is practicable;  
  • Disabled members of the public can fully participate in public events held within the Academy; 
  • The building is being designed to be fully DDA compliant; and 
  • No disabled student or staff member is treated less favourably as a result of their disability

Implementation

The Principal and the Academy Council will have overall responsibility for ensuring that this policy statement is implemented.

Environment

The buildings have been designed to ensure consideration is given to usage by any current or future people with disabilities. Any future building projects, or indeed modifications to current buildings, will be considered at the planning stage for accessibility and usability by people with disabilities.

Evacuation procedures and escape routes for students and staff with disabilities will be carefully planned and published. 

Students

Applications will be considered in line with the published admission arrangements for all students. An applicant’s disability will not prevent him/her from being offered a place and integrated into the Academy unless: 

  • The content, structure and delivery of the curriculum are such that the student would be prevented from fulfilling a major part of it; or 
  • The Academy would be unable to provide suitably trained staff or facilities to allow the requirements of the National Curriculum to be met.

The Academy will aim to provide students with a disability with the appropriate support to enable them to be fully integrated. The Academy will not treat a student with a disability less favourably than any other student and will make reasonable adjustments to ensure the full participation and integration of disabled students.

As far as resources allow, the needs of disabled students will be taken into account in the design, structure and flexibility of teaching methods and delivery. Where a curriculum area is organised in such a way that a disabled student cannot fully participate, alternative provision will be made.

Students with a disability or who become disabled whilst studying at the Academy will be given appropriate support from staff to enable them to have equal access to the curriculum. Individual needs will be considered and addressed by all curriculum areas in collaboration with the Lead Co-ordinator in this area.

The Academy recognises that special arrangements may be required to enable students with disabilities, including specific learning difficulties, to exhibit their capabilities and knowledge. Special arrangements will be made to enable such students to perform to the best of their ability by meeting their individual needs. The Academy will liaise with the relevant Examination Boards in such instances. Students and parents will be made fully aware of the process for making special arrangements for assessment and examinations by the Lead Co-ordinator in liaison with specific curriculum area managers and the Academy’s Examinations Manager. 

Staff

Wherever practicable, the Academy will:  

  • Consider and seek to employ disabled people in jobs suited to their aptitudes, abilities and qualifications in line with the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) (see References section below) 
  • Ensure that employees with disabilities are considered for promotion according to their aptitudes, abilities and qualifications. 
  • Ensure that disabled employees are not disadvantaged when the renewal of fixed-term contracts is being considered. 

Members of staff who become disabled, so far as is practicable, should continue to remain employed by the Academy at the discretion of the Principal and Academy Council, dependant on their ability to carry out the duties of their post. Help from related professional organisations should be sought when considering not only the possible effects of the disability but also other consequential disadvantages, such as loss of status or financial loss.

The Academy will endeavour to make any reasonable adjustments to enable the employee to continue in post. However, options might include: 

  • Continuing in the same post 
  • A gradual return to work 
  • A reduction in hours  
  • Redeployment 
  • Premature retirement on grounds of incapacity 
  • Termination of employment.

In cases where a disability is a degenerative, progressive condition that develops over time, careful consideration should be given to the selection of the most appropriate option(s).

The Academy will make reasonable changes to work practices and, where possible, the workplace to enable disabled people to work successfully, including those members of staff who become disabled whilst employed.

The Academy will ensure that a programme of training is offered to staff to increase their awareness of students with disabilities and inform them of appropriate action to be taken when delivering the curriculum. Teaching assistants will support teaching staff as required to help ensure that disabled students have equal access to the curriculum. 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

The Academy Council will review this policy at least every two years and assess its implementation and effectiveness. 

References

The Disability Discrimination Act (1995) states that an employer must make “reasonable adjustments” to allow an individual to be employed. These adjustments may include: 

  • Adaptations to premises 
  • Re-allocating some duties 
  • Altering hours 
  • Finding alternative accommodation 
  • Rehabilitation leave  
  • Training 
  • Modifying equipment  
  • Modifying instructions or manuals 
  • Modifying assessment or testing procedures 
  • Providing a reader or interpreter  
  • Providing supervision 

Further information

Further information can be obtained from: 

Inclusion and Access

We have a passion to include everyone and a deep desire to treat everyone equally. We accept others for who they are and respect differences. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students. Our way of doing this is to work hard to improve students' attainment and the standards of teaching and learning continually. At the same time, we also aim to meet the needs of the whole person and the whole community because we understand that the whole of life is education and that everyone who is part of a student's life affects that student's understanding of life and, therefore, his or her education. In this sense, every person matters.

Access Programme

Our Access programme provides extended opportunities for students to ensure their learning is challenging and stimulating. Visits to Dulwich College, Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities are regularly organised and students participate in a range of competitions and courses in their specialist areas to accelerate their learning programme.

A large number of students also receive mentoring and guidance through the Kent Academies Network, University Access Programme.

SEN Policy

SEND Provision Map

SEN Information Report

Equality Policy

Local Offer

Kent Partnership Service

Additional help and advice can be sought from Kent Parent Partnership Service (KPPS).  They provide free, impartial and confidential advice about the options available and the educational issues faced by parents of children with SEN or physical disabilities.  They can be reached via: 

Helpline: 03000 413 000

Meadowfield Inclusion Development & Support (MIDAS) - Parents, Carers & Families Workshops 2018-2019