SEND Support within EOTAS Swindon
On entry to EOTAS Swindon all children and young people are placed on the SEN Register at SEN Support level for Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs, even if they were not on the SEN Register at their previous school. This is because in the SEN Code of Practice (2015), Special Educational Needs (SEN) are defined as follows:
‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’
All children and young people within EOTAS centres have struggled, for different reasons, to manage within mainstream education, which is the education that is normally available to pupils of the same age.
On entry to EOTAS, information regarding any Special Educational Needs that have been previously identified is requested from the previous school and parents and carers. There is also an assessment process to identify any possible areas of need.
SEN Support within Swindon EOTAS follows the Assess – Plan – Do – Review process, as outlined in the SEN Code of Practice (2015.)
The SEN Team at Swindon EOTAS consists of a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, who works across all sites, along with Specialist SEN Support Assistants and SEN Support Assistants, who are based within EOTAS Sites and SEN Site leads. Specialists from different areas of SEN also work within the Swindon EOTAS SEN Team: Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Art Therapists.
The SEN Team works closely with the Pastoral Team, the Safeguarding Team and teaching and support staff within EOTAS.