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A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.


A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.


Areas of special educational need Special educational needs and provision can be considered as falling under four broad areas.

At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we are constantly working towards being a fully inclusive school in every way.  We work in close partnership with parents of children with special needs to ensure that each child receives a personalised education.  Close links have also been maintained with outside agencies to allow us to access their expertise in and out of school and to ensure that we provide appropriate support for each child’s individual needs.


We believe that every child is unique and comes with their own individual needs.  We strive to identify and remove barriers to learning to allow children to reach their true potential.


 At Drapers we have a number of pupils with identified special educational needs (SEN) including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, speech and language disorders and global delay.  Specialist advice is sought by school to ensure that we give the best support possible for individual children with complex special needs. In addition, staff here have been trained to identify the signs of common SEN and how best to support children with these needs in the classroom. Our staff have been trained to support children with a variety of additional needs including dyslexia, Autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia and speech and language disorders.  Wherever necessary we provide additional interventions for groups or individuals that are carefully tailored to fit the need.


Additional interventions such as speech and language, maths, literacy, social skills and coordination are provided for pupils with special needs.  We are also incredibly lucky to have our own sensory room on site.


We are fortunate to have a designated teaching assistant for pupils with speech and language needs; Mrs Carol Taylor.   Mrs Taylor delivers support and interventions in the classrooms and in the sunshine room.  The sunshine room is a quiet welcoming environment which the children love to visit.


Our Rainbow Room is an additional classroom that we provide for pupils with social, emotional and developmental difficulties.  Miss Child, Miss Ellison and Miss Whitaker run this class. 

They have worked with outside agencies to provide a very specialist environment to enable their children to thrive. We are very happy to report that visits from professionals from outside agencies have frequently resulted for praise of our rainbow room.


This year we have also set up our Nest provision for children who benefit from nurture and support with their emotional and social needs.  This is led by Mrs Ende and Mrs Parsons.  


This academic year we have seen pleasing progress with academic levels from our children with special needs.  We are particularly proud of the fact that the gap is closing between the progress made by our children with SEN and their peers.


Drapers Mills has a full time Inclusion Manager Mrs Roberts. Mrs Roberts works alongside other agencies to ensure that pupils with special educational needs are appropriately supported.  Parents who have concerns regarding the needs of their child are welcome to make an appointment to discuss these with Mrs Roberts.  Appointments can be requested via the school office.