SEND and Equality

Hayward’s is committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our pupils, whatever their needs. We aim to create an environment where there is support for the child and family, so that they can progress in their learning and develop in self-confidence.

Throughout each year, pupil progress is assessed and monitored and support will be put in place for children not managing to achieve or make adequate progress. We work closely with families to ensure effective support can be provided. Additional support might be accessed through outside agencies. Any support provided will be documented on a provision map and details of the support will be shared with you.

We work closely with a range of outside agencies. These include: our school Nurse, Education and Family Support advisor, Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Behaviour Support, Occupational Therapists, Hearing and Visual Impairment Advisory Teachers and an English as an additional language (EAL) advisory teacher. Alongside supporting the school staff through training in specialist areas, they are a great support to families.

We are proud to have a highly skilled team of teaching assistants who support the children. They help ensure that every child in the school reaches their full potential. Many run intervention groups such as speech and language, Fun Fit and motor skills groups. We have a specialist Dyslexia teacher, Speech and Language Therapist and three pastoral teaching assistants who provide a range of interventions for children including Forest school, Play Therapy and Nurture support. All three are trained THRIVE practitioners (who are able to support children with emotional and social difficulties). We run a Family SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme every year for our Year 4 parents which have been widely supported. We value the importance of listening to children and each morning run a number of nurture groups to help children settle into the school day.

The person responsible for managing Hayward’s provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) Ruth Dixon. If you have any concern about provision, in the first instance we encourage you to contact your child’s class teacher. If have still have concerns then please contact either the school SENDCo, Ruth Dixon, or the Headteacher, Andy Smith. In the unlikely event that your concern is not resolved then please contact our chair of Governors.

Ruth Dixon can be contacted through the school office - office@haywards.devon.sch.uk or by contacting the school on 01363 772970.

The link below takes you to our school's Special Educational Needs and Disability Report 2017 - 2018.

The link below takes you to our school’s SEND Policy; 

The link below takes you to our Equality Policy. Our Equality Objectives are contained in our School Accessibility Plan (further below).

The link below is our school accessibility plan. This is the action plan showing how we will be continuing to develop increased access for all SEND children over the next year; 

Further information and support services parents/carers can access in Devon: THE LOCAL OFFER

In order to ensure that our parents and carers are fully informed about what is available for children with SEND, we have provided links to some websites, including the DEVON; LOCAL OFFER website which we strongly recommend that you access and which we hope you will find helpful. This website describes how Devon supports children with additional needs. 

The Devon Information is a website which provides support and additional information for parents. 

"We provide confidential and impartial information, support and training for parents and carers who have children (age 0-25 years) with additional educational needs. If your child has difficulties in one or more of the following areas, you can contact us for support: Communication & interaction, Cognition & learning, Behavioural, emotional & social development, Sensory and/or physical and Medical Needs."