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The Special Education Needs Code of Practice gives guidance to education settings that helps to identify, assess and provide help for children with special educational needs. It sets out the processes and procedures organisations must or should follow to meet the needs of children.

Principles underlying the Code:

The SEND Code of Practice describes the principles that should be observed by all professionals working with children and young people who have SEN or disabilities. These include:

  • Taking into account the view of children, young people and their families

  • Enabling children, young people and their parents to participate in decision-making

  • Collaborating with partners in education, health and social care to provide support

  • Identifying the needs of children and young people

  • Making high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people

  • Focusing on inclusive practices and removing barriers to learning

  • Helping children and young people to prepare for adulthood

What are our Special Educational Needs?

There are currently 84 pupils on role, age ranging from 5 – 16 years old. All pupils attending the school have an Educational Health Care plan (EHC) .

The current trend for intake at the school has shown an increase in pupils with Communication needs since the development of the Hub.

Support in School:

SSSC provides a caring and supportive environment giving students the opportunity to succeed, gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem. Our classes are small and created mostly around individual year groups. We are split into three main departments, Primary (KS1 and KS2,) Secondary (KS3 and KS4) and The Hub (ASD provision).Our caring ethos and innovative curriculum enables our students to thrive, make excellent progress and enjoy their education.

Students in the Primary department are taught in small groups with 1 full time teacher and 2 Full time Teaching Assistants. For the majority of their curriculum they are taught in the same room by the same staff ensuring consistency and the opportunity to develop essential relationships. 

In KS3 students are placed in forms that are set mainly as year groups. They are streamed by ability for Maths and English, however students taught as a form for the rest of their curriculum. Morning sessions are primarily academic with afternoon sessions being specifically designed to have a on hands on vocational focus. There are 7 periods throughout the day that follow the National Curriculum objectives for each individual student’s ability. 

In KS4 there are 7 periods throughout the day. Students are placed in forms that are mainly set as year groups. They are streamed by ability for Maths and English, however students taught as a form for the majority of their curriculum. Morning sessions are primarily academic with afternoon sessions being dedicated to the students chosen Options. SSSC ensure the curriculum is tailored to each individual students need ensuring every subject has a variety of appropriate qualifications for students to achieve. 

The Hub operates flexibility in co-operation with the main SSSC site, mainstream schools and alternative educational programme providers, depending on the individual needs of each pupil. Staffing consists of two Teachers and three Teaching Assistants. Wherever it is appropriate young people attending The Hub access some or all of their education alongside the existing pupil population of SSSC in order to build and improve their social skills. Whilst the existing pupils within SSSC may have a range of other learning needs the main school classrooms offer a non threatening environment for positive social interaction, role modelling and observation.

As pupils in The Hub are of average or higher ability we are looking to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils as they progress into Key Stage 4 including GCSEs. We are also looking to establish links with mainstream schools in order to offer our young people the chance to access some of their education within a mainstream environment if we feel this supports the young person’s academic and social development.

All of our students are encouraged to Enjoy, Achieve and Exceed their individual potential-academically, socially and personally. We want them to become successful, confident and caring adults able to play an active part in society. Our strong commitment to equality of opportunity and equality of esteem is intended to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, aptitude or background.
SSSC have responded to the New National Curriculum. Each subject co-ordinator has examined their area of the National Curriculum and ensured a tailor made route has been created specifically for our students

National Curriculum:


Key Stage 1 and 2:

Within the Primary classes at SSSC we cater for pupils across the Key Stages from Foundation Stage through to the end of Key Stage 2. On occasion a student in KS3 may stay within the Primary setting if it is deemed more appropriate for an individual need. This is reviewed regularly and specific transitional periods are planned into the Primary Curriculum preparing that young person for the KS3 programme of study. 

Our team of experienced staff work closely together to create a happy and nurturing environment where children settle quickly, are valued as individuals, but are also encouraged to develop the skills to become confident and successful members of the school community.
We work within the structure of the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum, providing experiences that reflect a whole range of learning styles and abilities.

In the core subjects of Maths and English children are grouped according to their needs and undertake national testing where appropriate. Foundation subjects are taught using a thematic approach where, for example History and Geography meet Art, Design, Technology and ICT. The approach makes learning more interesting and enjoyable through a wide range of different experiences.
Teaching and Learning is backed up with regular monitoring and assessment, to ensure children move forward and reach their full potential. As a SEN school, pupils are not normally working at the End of KS2 expectations, although some children will access statutory tests where appropriate.

We also offer a range of valuable learning experiences outside the classroom with regular trips to places of interest in the local area and further afield.

Key Stage 3:

At Swanwick School and Sports College the curriculum is tailored to suit each individual young person’s needs.

We have high expectations of all our young people at SSSC. All students enjoy their school lives, achieve great things and Exceed expectations both academically and vocationally.

During KS3 we follow the National Curriculum structure using a curriculum to allow each student to thrive in a safe and secure environment, enabling the students to fulfil their full potential. This is achieved through a varied and diverse curriculum designed to develop student’s knowledge and confidence.

Core lessons are streamed academically and we also offer vocational subjects where each student feels safe and secure. Cross-curricular methods are used throughout our school especially in our Foundation subjects. Art, Media, Food Technology and Drama are delivered through a thematic approach ensuring current Global issues are explored.

Students at SSSC are proud to attend our school and have a clear understanding of the opportunities available to them whether it being part of our sports teams, skiing in France or taking part in whole school productions and gymnastic/dance displays.

Our Outstanding curriculum allows opportunities for their future and helps create successful, independent, unique young people. This curriculum is regularly adapted to the needs of each child enabling them to be continually challenged.

Key Stage 4:

During KS4 all students have the opportunity to select their own Vocational Options. SSSC offer over 50 separate Aim Awards that range from Entry Level 3 to Level 1. Art, Construction, Animal care, Hairdressing, Food Technology, Horticulture and Health and Beauty are a selection of the courses available at varying levels dependent on the individual student. SSSC are currently one of the lead establishments in the East Midlands for Aim Awards and have 100% success rate.

For the young people who excel academically GCSE English, Science, Maths, History and Art are available. There is also a large selection of Physical Education courses such as Entry Level OCR PE, Cambridge Nationals Sports Studies and Sports/Dance Leaders qualification.
We also offer the Princes Trust qualification through our KS4 Life Skills curriculum; this encourages and promotes students independent living skills. Other qualifications offered include OCR Entry Level in English, Maths, RE, ICT, Geography, History and Science and Functional Skills Entry Level 1 through to Level 1 in English, Maths and ICT.

Our Outstanding curriculum allows opportunities for their future and helps create successful, independent and unique young people. The curriculum is tailored to each child’s expertise/interest in preparation for life when they leave our school.

Life Skills:

At Swanwick School and Sports College we believe in providing a Life Skills curriculum that is embedded throughout all that we offer. Our programme of study focuses on preparing our students to become successful, resilient, productive individuals that can succeed in the ever changing climate of the 21st century.

The Life Skills curriculum centres on nine essential skills that will enable our young people to enjoy, achieve and exceed creating a well-rounded, self-aware young person. 

The Life Skills curriculum has been specifically designed to promote independent living skills, safeguarding and everyday essential skills.  The curriculum has been broken down into nine key areas; time, money, interpersonal, friendships, home management, travel, shopping, hobbies and personal skills.  The curriculum has also been split into Primary, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  This program of study allows for specific objectives to be included where appropriate as pupils’ progress through the school.  The Life Skills curriculum ensures pupils are given a series of lessons that are carefully differentiated ensuring all our young people achieve their potential irrelevant of their need or ability.

At SSSC we enable our pupils to access and contribute meaningfully in society and to become as independent as possible in terms of developing their sense of self, completing everyday tasks, developing relationships and opportunities for work. Without additional support to develop these skills, pupils are at risk of becoming excluded from situations and experiences that are taken for granted by the majority of society.

Life Skills is delivered as a standalone lesson for three periods a week every Friday and it is also integrated throughout the entire SSSC curriculum. At SSSC we also have an annual week dedicated to Life Skills as well as Life Skills days that focus on specific SMSC issues relevant of this ever changing climate. In Key Stage 4 students are able to achieve a variety of qualifications within the Life Skills curriculum including the Princes Trust and Aim Awards.


Additional Curriculum and Sessions:

PSHE is an essential part of our curriculum and has been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of our young people. PSHE is delivered as a standalone lesson once a week but also threaded throughout the curriculum on a daily basis. PSHE is delivered through a spiral approach through three specific topics under the umbrella of PSHE.

The three topics have been split into:-

•    Health and Wellbeing
•    Relationships
•    Living in the Wider World


Relationships and Sex Education sessions take place as part of a planned curriculum within PSHE lessons. Relationships and Sex Education focuses on changes and preparing pupils for growing up. The sessions take place through a spiral approach and parent/carers are fully informed as to what will be covered before the units take place. 

Objectives have been taken from the Derbyshire Healthcare Support Service, the National Curriculum and the PSHE Association. A close collaboration with the School Nurse, SSSC staff and Healthy Schools Awarding body took place to ensure the curriculum is appropriate and relevant for our young people. 

The concept of a spiral approach is so student’s prior knowledge is built on, revisited and enhanced as the students’ progress throughout their education and promoting independent living.

Each objective has been carefully written to ensure age appropriate delivery is apparent irrelevant of their baseline. Subjects will be delivered sensitively and through various methods and styles. Prior knowledge will be revisited and consolidated whilst stretching students understanding with an underpinning of independence and keeping safe.

Parent/carers may withdraw pupils from all or part of Relationship and Sex and Education lessons. Further details are available in school, on request. 

Behaviour Support:

A two day Team Teach training event takes places every other year. Currently we have two staff who are trained Team Teach instructors delivering training for our staff as well as other staff within the federation. They also provide regular refresher sessions ensuring the Team Teach ethos is embedded within SSSC. There is a rigorous reporting procedure in place (Pink forms), Positive Handling Plans (PHPs) and Individual Risk Assessments (RA) are in place for all pupils who require them and staff work closely with the Senior Leadership Team in order to develop/implement PHPs when necessary. 


At SSSC we ensure we always participate in Anti-bullying week. It is featured throughout all Key Stage Objectives within SSSC’s PSHE spiral approach. The curriculum is taught through a spiral approach so the concepts and objectives are being revisited and reinforced throughout the academic year.

We have child friendly Anti-bullying policy and also have eight school Prefects that are there to be student voice and buddy monitors. Annually we complete a questionnaire in regards to bullying to ensure we are providing a safe environment for all our students.


 Whenever appropriate we provide opportunities for inclusion in order for our pupils to achieve successful inclusion within Swanwick School and Sports College and into mainstream schools, college or Further Education and enable students to practice the skills needed in order to experience successful inclusion within their community. 

Pupil Involvement:

We encourage our pupils to have and express their views in a variety of ways. Pupils are encouraged to develop their choice making skills as a priority. This is evident through the school council contributions, the role and responsibilities of Prefects, annual reviews, target setting and pupil self-assessment within lessons. 


Assessment, Recording and Reporting policy.


Establishing robust links with our parents/carers is vital as for most we do not have daily face-to-face contact. At SSSC we offer a Pastoral Team consisting of the Co Headteachers, SENCo, Positive Support Team and Family Liaison Workers. Their role is to develop close working relationships with parents and carers to ensure our young people have access to the opportunities and services they are entitled.
The Pastoral Team have designated roles and responsibilities and work in collaboration with each other and outside agencies to ensure support if given to both the students and their families. 

The FLW will work with individual families more intensively and attend meetings such as Annual Reviews, EHA’s and Child in Need meetings.
This role also allows closer working relationships between the school and other agencies such as CAMHs and Social Care.
The Family Liaison Workers work with young people identified by the school as requiring more support. Parents and carers are also welcome to contact the school and speak with the Family Liaison Workers directly.

Effective communication between home and school is crucial. Home/School books are in operation across the school for ensuring a daily line of communication as necessary. All staff will contact parent/carers by phone if there is an immediate need to do so and vice versa. The school has app which enables us to communicate quickly and directly to parent/carers. We provide parent/carers with: an Annual and Mid Term Report on their child’s progress, an Annual Review / EHCP meeting and two parent/carers’ evenings focusing on reviewing and setting personal skills targets. 

What to do if you have concerns/worries: In the first instance please contact the school and ask to speak to the relevant member of staff if your concerns cannot be resolved please see Complaints Procedure. 


We welcome visits to the school from prospective parent/carers. If you want a place at this school for your child you need to inform DCC SEN (01629 580000). The school will receive consultation papers and will decide whether they can meet the needs of your child. The Local Authority will then make a decision on whether a place is offered. If your child is offered a place with us a member of staff will contact either their current school, home or both. Appropriate transition will then be organised. 

Involving Specialists:

As some of our students have additional medical/health needs many external professionals come into Swanwick School and Sports College to work with and support our pupils, staff and parent/carers. This includes Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Children and Adolescent Mental Health services (LD-CAMHs), Community Children’s Nurses, Visual and Hearing Impaired services. 

These professionals often provide support, advice and training. We also work closely with Social Care and The Virtual School (children in care).

Our Staff:

We have a wide variety of staff to meet the needs of our pupils; A Leadership Team, Teachers, Family Liaison Workers, Positive Support Team, Teaching Assistants and Midday Supervisors. In addition to this we have a Pianist, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and access to a School Nurse. Relevant continual professional development is provided for all staff to meet the needs of our pupils

Equipment and Facilities:

The school building is not purpose built and therefore we are constantly striving to ensure its suitability for the ever changing needs of our pupils.

Our facilities include: –

  • Specialist classrooms

  • Positive Support rooms

  • A Specialist build for high functioning ASD pupils. (The Hub)

  • All Weather Pitch

  • Minibuses

  • Annex with Life Skills facilities 

  • Poly-tunnel

 Accessibility Plan

The School’s Accessibility Plan can be found on the school’s website under the policy section.

For the full versions of the new Code of Practice please click here.

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