Special Education Needs & Disabilities

Aims of our provision for pupils with SEN and/or disability

At Brindley Heath Academy we aim for ALL children to reach their full potential. Through carefully planned and a differentiated curriculum, we develop each child emotionally, physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially so they are ready for the next stage in their education.

Quality first teaching is imperative to ensuring the children are able to access the learning within their setting; however, some children may need further support or differentiation to achieve their targets. This is done through a variety of differing provisions as outlined in the whole school provision map.

Areas of need

  1. Communication and interaction.
  2. Cognition and learning.
  3. Social, mental and emotional health.
  4. Sensory and physical

Our SENDCo is Mrs Amy Lesniewski. She is contactable through the main school office.  

Below are a list of useful website links that provide advice and resources to support children and families.

www.autism.org.uk - The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources).
www.autismspeaks.org - A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library
www.makaton.org/ - Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. The Makaton Charity website provides a range of advice and resources for children and their families.
www.widgit.com/resources -Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists.
www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/ - Information and advice on Dyslexia from The British Dyslexia Association. Dyslexia is a learning difference which primarily affects reading and writing skills and other areas such as organisational skills.
www.dyscalculiaassociation.uk/ - Information and advice on Dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty with mathematics, primarily arithmetic.
www.rnib.org.uk/ - There are around two million people in the UK with sight problems. The pioneering work of the Royal National Institute of Blind People helps not just with braille, Talking Books and computer training, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges.
www.ndcs.org.uk/# - The National Deaf Children’s Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.
www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ - Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about a range of Mental Health needs including anxiety, depression, ADHD etc.
www.youngminds.org.uk/ - Young Minds in the UK’s leading charity fighting children’s and young people’s mental health. The website provides a range of advice and resources for children and their families.
www.sensory-processing-disorder.com/ - Advice and practical strategies to support those with sensory processing disorder
www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/ - The Communication Trust is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisation. Working together, these organisations support everyone who works with children and young people to support their speech, language and communication. On their website, you will find a range of advice and resources to explore.
www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/8-working-memory-boosters - Working memory refers to how we hold on to and work with information stored in short-term memory. We all use our working memory to learn and follow instructions. This website provides great examples of how to build the development of working memory.


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Brindley Academy

Enville Rd, Kinver,
Stourbridge, DY7 6AA
Telephone: 01384 872343
e:info@brindleyacademy.com