Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Academy Information

SEND COORDINATOR

Mrs Claire Stirland

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Supporting your child at The Python Hill Academy

The Python Hill Academy is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children living in our local area. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.

We believe that all children should be equally valued in school and ensure we develop an environment where all children can succeed.

If you have any worries about your child’s specific needs please talk to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. I am also happy to meet with you to help you to access the right service in the community. I am available every morning before school or every evening after school. Alternatively,  please contact the school office to make an appointment. 

Education, Health and Care

Requesting a statutory education, health and care assessment

A parent/carer, a young person in their own right, or any professional working with a child, young person or family can make a referral for an EHC Statutory Assessment, however it is usually expected that the following will apply:

  1.  The child or young person has severe and/or complex long term needs that affect everyday life and functioning
  2. The child/ young person requires provision and resources that are not normally available
  3. Intensive help and support is required from more than one agency
  4. There is evidence of a graduated response from the school and other agencies involved in supporting the child/ young person
  5. Despite high levels of support, the child/ young person is making limited or no progress.

If all other levels of support have been accessed by partners but the child/young person’s education is still being affected, then a referral for a statutory EHC Assessment can be made by contacting:

Integrated Children’s Disability Service Assistant Team

Email: icds.duty@nottscc.gov.uk

Local Offer

Supporting all children with SEND requirements

The SEND local Offer brings together helpful and useful information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), from birth to 25 years, and their families. The information is contained within a website, which will enable you to search for services and provision within your own community and Nottinghamshire as a whole. This will cover public services that are available within:

  • Education: e.g. nurseries, playgroups, schools and colleges as well as support services like educational psychologists, early years and early intervention workers
  • Health: e.g. GPs, paediatricians, school nurses and therapists
  • Social care: e.g. respite services and children’s disability services.

It should also enable you to find out what support and services are available in the voluntary and private sectors, for example from charities and disability groups.