S harris sen web 1Mrs S. Harris, Mayfield's SENCo, is based within the Inclusion Faculty - a faculty dedicated to providing support to students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) as well as those with English as an Additional Language (EAL).

Within Inclusion we are able to cater for pupils with a wide variety of learning needs being mindful to keep in line with the SEND Code of Practice (2015).

Please click below for the Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) Local Offer:

Local Offer

Students with SEND may refer to difficulties such as communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural and emotional difficulties, specific/general learning or medical/physical. Students are given access to all areas of the curriculum whether it is through differentiated work or specialist support from experienced specialist teachers or outside agencies. The Inclusion Faculty works with parents/carers/teachers to ensure that students realise that they have the potential to achieve in the best possible learning environment appropriate to the student’s needs and ability.

We have a large faculty of experienced Intervention Assistants (Teaching Assistants) that are fully aware on how to support and identify students with SEND, deliver literacy and numeracy programmes as well as some in-class support.

We believe that the most important factor in ensuring academic and personal progress is the delivery of BEST, which fits in with the statutory guidance given in the SEND Code of Practice around Quality First Teaching. We practice a ‘Plan, Assess, Do, Review’ approach which enables us to identify students who require academic or social, emotional and well-being support and interventions. We monitor and review the progress of all students with SEND in collaboration with all teaching staff, parents/carers and also external agencies. This is done throughout the year through data analysis, reports, parent teacher consultations and during annual reviews for those with Education, Health and Care Plans/Statements and the most vulnerable students on the SEN register.

We are committed to working with all families and the community to support our students in order for them to be the best that they can be. If a student with SEND is not making their expected progress we offer targeted interventions as a faculty. These are offered additionally to what is available at a whole school level.

  • Lexia (Phonics programme to develop reading ability)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Support from teaching assistants.
  • Love Literacy- Literacy Intervention
  • Maths Base- Numeracy Intervention
  • Lunchtime homework support
  • The Zone- Lunchtime Social Interaction club
  • Counselling
  • 1:1 and group mentoring

In the EAL department we support students with integration into the school and culture through the teaching of English. Students are taught in small groups and sometimes on a one to one basis depending on the age and needs of each individual.
The department is staffed with 3 fully qualified Languages Teachers with a vast range of teaching experiences.

Groups are taught according to the language needs they have rather than according to year group. This allows the teaching to be tailored to the needs of the students and allows for quicker progress. We adopt a multi modal approach to teaching English using computers, text books, video, audio, paired and group work. The focus is on developing speaking, listening and reading to a functional level in order for students to begin accessing the school curriculum.

The EAL department is developing pathways of learning and working closely with the SENCo to form a better system of identifying those students with EAL who may have SEND.

As part of the options process at KS4 the Inclusion Faculty offer

-The ASDAN Award Bronze/Silver/Gold to students with opportunities to participate in various modules involving life/social skills.

– Language Skills and Study Support to students with English as an Additional Language leading to a Certificate in Entry Level English.

Please see our current SEND Report by clicking the link below.


Page Downloads Date  
Accessibility Plan and Disability Equality Scheme 31st May 2019 Download
SEND Information Report 03rd Dec 2019 Download

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17th Mar

Updates for Schools & Coronavirus

Updated guidance for education settings on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions. What you need to know: staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal.   if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home.   clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products.   supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues. The updated guidance can be found here: ( Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group. Recording school pupil absences Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance. If a pupil does not attend school, despite the school operating as usual and the pupil is not self-isolating, they should be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances. Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance. Handwashing advice The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Watch this short NHS film for guidance: ( Department for Education coronavirus helpline The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday) Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends. If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline. Where to find the latest information Updates on COVID-19: ( Guidance for educational settings: Guidance for social or community care and residential settings: Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: Educational resources: Latest Department for Education information: Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS). To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here: (  
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