Learning Support

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

The SEND Code of Practice states:
Schools have additional duties under the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Schools must publish more details and information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for students with SEN.

The information must also include information about the arrangements for the admission of disabled students, the steps taken to prevent disabled students from being treated less favourably than other pupils, the facilities provided to assist access for disabled students and the schools’ accessibility plans. The school-specific information should relate to the schools’ arrangements for providing a graduated response to the children’s SEN. It should elaborate on the information provided at a local authority wide level in the Local Offer.

Who should I contact at UTC Derby?

Contact the Student Support Team by calling 01332 477400 and Reception will make sure that you are put through to the correct person.

Our SEND Coordinator is Miss S Hunt

The Local Offer and UTC Derby Pride Park

The Student Support room is a relaxing, vibrant place for students to use at break and lunchtime should they wish to relax, reflect or catch up with work. It is also used as a base for staff with specialist knowledge Sharon Hunt: SENDCo and Mrs Anne Harris: Teaching Assistant, from where targeted support and guidance is offered.

Facilities provided to assist access for disabled students include lifts to all floors, disabled toilets, a wet room and dedicated disabled car park spaces.

At UTC Derby Pride Park, we pledge to respect and value every learner as an individual, irrespective of ability, race, gender or need, and to enable every learner to participate fully in all aspects of the UTC life. Where it’s needed, we will adapt our environment and equipment as much as practically possible, as well as seeking specialist external advice. There is also scope to nurture and support individual talent so that each student can reach their potential and achieve their ambitions.

Student Support offer additional transition visits (should they be required); this is on top of the normal transition programme in place for Y10s and we liaise with the student’s previous school, parents and the students themselves to ensure a smooth transition to the UTC.

For the UTC’s arrangements for providing a graduated response to student’s SEND please refer to the SEND Information Report and the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Policy on the UTC website.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) means that a child is facing specific challenges with areas of school life at the moment.

It may be that the child is finding learning difficult and needs to work at a different pace. It may be that the child has an emotional or social issue, a behavioural issue or a physical disability. Sometimes these difficulties only last for a short time and some continue through a child’s school life.

How do we help at UTC Derby?

Helping your child to make progress is a partnership between home and school. The government has given schools clear guidelines on how help is given – the document is called the SEN Code of Practice.

Parents should always inform school of any known, physical, emotional or behavioural difficulties before the child enters school, so the appropriate support can be agreed and arranged.

You can also find out more about Derby’s Local offer here.

Additional information during the COVID 19 Pandemic

Items that could be affected by the current arrangements in response to Covid 19 are:

  • Arrangements for consulting parents of children with SEND and involving them in their child’s education: The decision to educate in school or at home is the parents, however the UTC will continue to work in partnership with parents and work will be set via Teams, Hegarty Maths and the newsletters.
  • Arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education: This includes the expectations about work, especially for that done within the home.
  • Arrangements for assessing and reviewing children and young people’s progress towards outcomes: Should any Annual Reviews be scheduled during the closure of the UTC due to Covid 19, the SENDCO/Senior Lead Inclusion will liaise with the 0-25 SEND Team as appropriate.
  • Arrangements for supporting children and young people in moving between phases of education and in preparing for adulthood.  As young people prepare for adulthood outcomes should reflect their ambitions, which could include higher education, employment, independent living and participation in society: Parents are able to contact the SENDCO/Senior Lead Inclusion through email (shunt@utcderby.org.uk)
  • How adaptations are made to the curriculum and the learning environment of children and young people with SEND: the SENDCO/Senior Lead Inclusion is in regular contact with parents and able to help and advice on work
  • Support for improving emotional and social development. This should include extra pastoral support arrangements for listening to the views of children and young people with SEND and measures to prevent bullying: Resources have been, and continue to be, made available for parents and students to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students through articles on the newsletters 3 times a week
  • How the school involves other bodies, including health and social care bodies, local authority support services and voluntary sector organisations, in meeting children and young people’s SEND and supporting their families: The UTC’s website provides details of how external agencies can contact the SENDCO/Senior Lead Inclusion