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We are a mainstream Academy School, with a learning support base which provides a range of support and interventions for students with SEN.

SEN provision at Burford

Burford School provides for students with a wide range of special educational needs including those with:

  • Communication and interaction needs; this includes students who have speech, language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
  • Cognition and Learning needs; this includes students who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties, for example dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
  • Sensory and/or Physical needs; this includes students who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning.



Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mr S Bassett: and our SEN Manager is Miss S Calcutt:

Our SEN POLICY can be found on the Policies page of this website.

How do we identify and give additional help to students with SEN?

As part of the school’s response to identifying and supporting students with SEN, we have adopted Oxfordshire County Council’s guidance ‘Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in Oxfordshire Schools and Settings’.  This guidance has been developed to ensure compliance with the new SEN Code of Practice, September 2014.

The guidance sets out:

  • How we identify if a student has a special educational need.
  • How we assess students, plan for their special educational needs and adapt our teaching.
  • Ways in which we can adapt our school environment to meet each student’s needs.
  • How we review progress and agree outcomes and involve the parent and student in this.

The guidance can be read here

How do we work with parents and students?

We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a student may have a special educational need.

We work with students and parents to determine what outcomes are desired and how we will all work towards these.  We review progress with students and parents and adjust support and strategies accordingly.  We do this by inviting parents to review meetings and parents’ evenings, via emails and telephone calls as appropriate.

Adapting the curriculum & interventions

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all students including those with special educational needs.  Curriculum details are available on this site for all subjects.  Sometimes adaptations to the curriculum or environment are required for students with special educational needs and disabilities.

High quality teaching differentiated for individual students is the first step in responding to students who have or may have special educational needs.  The SENCo works with teachers to provide information, training, strategies and guidance to support effective teaching of the school curriculum.

Sometimes students require something additional or different to what is available within the classroom.  We offer a range of support and interventions for students depending on individual circumstances:

  • We offer Year 7 Catch Up sessions for those students who did not gain the expected level at KS2 in English and Maths.
  • We offer small group interventions in Years 8 and 9 to support the development of language and literacy skills.
  • We employ Teaching Assistants to support pupils in making accelerated progress in class across the curriculum.
  • We offer some students an alternative curriculum e.g.  individual timetables & work experience placements.
  • We run a homework club every lunchtime to support students to complete work set.
  • We support students at lunchtime, giving them a supported place to eat both in the canteen and in the Learning Zone.


A brief summary is provided in the attached pdf SEN Intervention Map

What expertise can we offer?

  • All teaching staff have received training in the adaption of the new code of practice.
  • All staff have training in safeguarding.
  • Teaching assistants are trained to support the particular needs of the students they work with and are supported in their roles by the SEN Manager who has Higher Level Teaching Assistant status.
  • Five HLTAs are employed to work in the three core subject areas of Maths, English and Science.


We also have access to a range of specialist support services, for example:

  • Educational Psychology Service
  • SENSS, who support children with communication and language, sensory needs and physical needs
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Early Intervention Hub
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Oxfordshire Inclusion Team
  • Therapy Services


Information about these services can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council SEN web pages:

We also work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.

How do we know if SEN provision is effective?

The progress of all students is tracked throughout the school through the Progress Review system.

In addition, for students with SEN we regularly review progress towards agreed outcomes, assessing whether the support and interventions that have been in place have made a difference and what we need to do next.  We evaluate this progress against age related expectations.

When we run specialist intervention programmes for individuals or groups of students, we assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run interventions in the future.

How are students with SEN helped to access activities outside the classroom?

All students are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010.  We talk to parents and students when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen and to discuss any adjustments that might need to be made.

The school has a range of extra-curricular activities that are fully inclusive. Please talk to your child’s tutor for more information about what is available.

There is information about activities and events for disabled children and those with SEN in Oxfordshire in the Family Information Directory:

Oxfordshire’s accessibility strategy can be read at: Schools Accessibility Strategy (pdf format, 1.3Mb)

What do we do to support the wellbeing of students with SEN?

All students have dedicated Tutor Time every day.  This is an opportunity to share views, ideas, achievements and challenges.  The Student Support Team is also available to support students with any difficulties.  We listen to the views of students with SEN by ensuring that there are opportunities to talk to a trusted member of the Learning Support Staff; this might be a teaching assistant or mentor.

We take bullying very seriously.  Issues related to bullying are discussed in Tutor Time, assemblies and through dedicated lessons.  The school has an anti-bullying policy

Joining the school and moving on

We encourage all new students to visit the school before starting. There are two Transitions Days in July for all Year 6 students who are joining the school in September.  For students with SEN we also:

  • work closely with primary school SENCOs.
  • attend meetings and reviews at primary schools so that we understand the needs of individuals.
  • arrange additional bespoke visits to school to meet relevant staff and gain confidence in the new school environment.
  • encourage parents/carers to visit a variety of schools, to ensure a balanced perspective.


We begin to prepare students for transition into the next stage of their education or training in a number of ways:

  • With their choices for GCSE and vocational courses – for example, in conversation with students and parents/carers.
  • Through conversations with teachers, students and parents/carers when students are in Year 10 and Year 11.
  • With adviser support to ensure all students with SEN have guidance and support in appropriate provision post 16.


Who to contact

If you are concerned about your child, please contact Reception on 01993 823303. They will be able to pass you on to the correct person.

If you would like to provide feedback to us about SEN provision, please contact Mr S Bassett: our SENCo.

Impartial advice and support on all issues affecting students’ education, including SEN provision, is given by Oxfordshire’s Parent Partnership Service, who can be contacted at :…

If you would like to know more about opportunities for children and young people with SEN and their families, support groups or information about SEN, these are listed in the Family Information Directory at:…

Oxfordshire’s ‘Local Offer’ contains lots of information for parents/carers:…

Burford School has contributed to the County’s ‘Local Offer’ through attendance a training workshop and through adopting new guidance and systems.

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