SEN and Disability

The school SENCO is Mrs Gemma Clarke and our SEND Academy Committee member is Laura Bartlett.

At Westwood Academy, we are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that values the unique potential of each individual. Our primary goal is to equip every child with the knowledge and skills essential for navigating the curriculum, establishing a robust foundation for continuous learning, and empowering them to actively participate in society.

Recognising the diverse needs of students, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, we are dedicated to providing tailored support. Whether facing intellectual, physical, or emotional challenges, some children may require additional assistance to acquire the fundamental skills. This support may be temporary or extend throughout their entire journey at our school.

Our focus extends beyond academics; we prioritise nurturing the self-esteem of every child. We firmly believe that a positive attitude is the key to unlocking their full potential across all aspects of learning.

Please follow the link below to view the school’s relevant policies:

Westwood Academy Policies and Documents

Paper copies of information and policies are available on request, for free, from the school office.

SEND Support

We have a comprehensive SEND support programme to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Across the school, our teachers and teaching assistants are trained to provide quality first teaching and interventions, where necessary, covering various curriculum areas. These may include:

  • Additional Maths and English Support
  • Speech, Language and Communication Support
  • Social and Emotional Literacy Support
  • Gross and Fine Motor Support
  • Pastoral and SEMH support interventions

Throughout the year, we will provide coffee mornings for all parents on how to support their children with their learning. These can include phonics, maths and language and communication sessions.

As part of the Local Offer, we have support from our Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, CAHMs Support Worker and School Nurse.

The links below provide further information from the local authority as well as parent support and information:

SEND Code of Practice

Essex SEND Local offer

SEND Information, Advice and Support Service

How we assess our children with SEND at SEAT

Public Sector Equality Duty 


Our school aims to meet its obligations under the public sector equality duty by having due regard for the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations across all characteristics – between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it

What is the Public Sector Equality Duty (the PSED)?

The Equality Act 2010 introduced a single, general duty for public bodies, including schools, and which extends to all ‘protected characteristics’

Legislation and guidance

This document meets the requirements under the following legislation:

This document is also based on the Department for Education (DfE) guidance: The Equality Act 2010 and schools.

 How does Westwood Academy comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty?

South Essex Academy Trust has a range of policies which make explicit the school’s commitment to actively promoting equality of opportunity for all. The main policies that deal with equality of opportunity are:

  • Accessibility policy
  • Equality policy
  • SEND policy
  • Behaviour policy

Westwood Academy prides itself on being an inclusive school that cares for every individual child. In doing so, we promote and deliver a range of strategies to ensure that we comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Objective 1: To analyse statistical data (admissions, attendance, attainment) to ensure that there are not any trends that could be the cause of discriminatory behaviour or actions.

Objective 2: To raise awareness of the protected characteristics within the school through ‘No Outsiders: Everyone is welcome’; thus developing an awareness and understanding of diversity in the UK.

Objective 3: To close gaps in attainment and achievement between pupils and all groups of pupils; especially boys and girls, pupils eligible for free-school meals, pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, and looked-after children.

Equality Act 2010 Guide