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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our practice, and the information within this report, is constantly under review to ensure guidelines are being followed whilst maintaining the most effective and high quality provision for pupils.  

Special Educational Needs at Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy is overseen by Mr David Smith, who is the Director of Primary SEND for our school.

Our Enhanced Resource Unit is overseen by Mrs Jenny Davies, who is the ERS Lead Specialist teacher. 

Our SEND Governor on our Academy Improvement Board is Nicola Bradley. 


All of the above can be contacted via the school on   01246 450601  or    

SEND Access Plan 2020


Current good practice

Include established practice and practice under development



State short, medium and long-term objectives

Actions to be taken

Person responsible

Date to complete actions by

Success criteria

Increase access to the curriculum for pupils with a disability

Our school offers an adapted curriculum for all pupils.

We use resources tailored to the needs of pupils who require support to access the curriculum.

Curriculum resources include examples of people with disabilities.

Progress is tracked for all pupils, including those with a disability.

The curriculum is reviewed to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils.

To ensure the curriculum is appropriate and accessible for all pupils.


To ensure the adaptations in place are appropriate and relevant to pupil need.


To ensure all pupils make progress from their start point across the curriculum.

Quality and Assurance moderation across school included opportunities to address these objectives





Dec 19




Dec 20




Dec 21

Quality and assurance documentation some impact of the moderation on outcomes

Improve and maintain access to the physical environment

The environment is adapted to the needs of pupils as required.

This includes:

  • Ramps
  • Corridor width
  • Disabled parking bay
  • Disabled toilets and changing facilities
  • Library shelves at wheelchair-accessible height
  • Accessible outdoor areas via paths

For commonly used areas (ERS classroom, KS2 playground) to be accessible via disabled access doors as they previously were before building works.

Liaise with CLT.


July 20

Children can independently get to and from areas where possible e.g. electric wheelchair users / using their mobility aids.


An environment which no longer puts staff at risk, having to hold open heavy non-electronic doors, whilst maneuvering child and their equipment through it.

Improve the delivery of information to pupils with a disability


Our school uses a range of communication methods to ensure information is accessible. This includes:

  • Picture or symbolic supported signage in areas where pupils require it
  • Large print resources
  • Braille
  • Induction loops
  • Pictorial or symbolic supported work as needed

Ensure the website has features to enable it to be accessible to users with disabilities.

Incorporate an Accessibility Settings feature to our website.


April 20

The website will enable text size and colour schemes to be altered to improve the accessibility.