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Every school ‘must use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with special educational needs gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can to meet children and young people’s special educational needs’. 

Everyone at Barnhill is committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any child with SEN to be included fully in all aspects of school life. Barnhill Community High believes in every student’s right to curriculum access and provides for students with special educational needs in accordance with the following aims:

Inclusion where possible – students with special educational needs will be educated with their peers. The school’s policy of having high expectations for all students includes those students with special educational needs. 

Equal Opportunities – students with special educational needs will be provided with appropriate extra support so that they can enjoy educational opportunities with their peers 

Continuity and Progression – students with special educational needs will have continuity of support from the primary school, year to year in Barnhill Community High and to post 16 education, where applicable. 

Underpinning all our provision in school is the graduated approach cycle: 


All teachers are responsible for every child in their care, including those with special educational needs. 

All learners will, at some time, have the opportunity to ask for extra help from a support teacher, to take part in a learning activity out of lesson time, or, to have access to some regular support or tuition in class from the specialist teachers and teaching assistants. Learners are encouraged to take advantage of this extra support.