Student 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.

Important Documents

Pupil Premium Statement

SEND Information Report

SEND Policy

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.

  • SEND Coordinator is Miss S Hunt
  • Associate Leader for SEND: Miss C Tabberer

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 including Sharon Hunt: SENDCo, 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 Y9s 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.