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The SEND Department



The SEND Department

The team is made up of a SENDCO, an Assistant SENDCO and 4 exceptional Learning Support Assistants with many years of experience and specialisms in different subjects. 
Aim of the SEND Department

The aim of the department and of the whole school is to help remove barriers to learning and to enable students to access the curriculum. We aim to create a place of learning where every young person can be happy, successful, healthy and safe and contribute to the communities in which they live, learn and play. 

SEND Pathway

At Heyford Park Free School we have high aspirations for all pupils and students, and we are committed to supporting children and young people with SEND in the most responsive and effective way possible in order that they flourish, grow and progress.

We do this by using a 'graduated approach' which enables us to be responsive to the changing needs of pupils with SEND and to meet those needs in the most effective way possible.

Please click the link below to view the 'SEND Pathway'.

Learning Support Assistants

The Learning Support Assistants provide in-class support for pupils with special educational needs.  In addition, they also deliver interventions to those that need additional intervention.  Students are assessed when they start school and then appropriate support can be put in place to address any needs. It is our mission to devise an individual learning plan for each student in our care to ensure they have full access to the curriculum and wider learning and enrichment opportunities that are part of student life at Heyford Park Free School.
In primary our learning support assistants work with children with SEN as well as those who may be facing a barrier in their learning. 

When starting school in year 7, all classes will have a Learning Support Assistant assigned for the first two weeks. Transition into secondary school can be a daunting time and difficult for so many reasons. A Learning Support Assistant is ‘a constant’ in changing times and will be at hand to help all year 7 students establish their routine at Heyford Park Free School. The Learning Support Assistants will also use this assignment to assess individuals so that Individual Learning Profiles can be devised where special education needs become apparent.
In reception our skilled early years team work closely with families to ensure we identify and respond to children’s needs.

In secondary precision interventions take place outside the classroom and a  homework workshop also runs after school on Fridays and this is staffed by Learning Support Assistants.  In primary interventions are planned by the teacher utilising the expertise of the LSA team.

Mrs. Paula  Hardy
Secondary LSA’s:
Mrs Uli Ashley - Assistant SENCO
Mrs Teresa Morrish
Miss Dawn Robinson
Mr Sam Mumford


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