Special Educational Needs and Disability

Our Special Educational Needs & Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Julie Earl. She can be contacted via email at:

Our Inclusion Manager is: Sarah Allen. She can be contacted via email at:

The following policies are available on the school website

The school uses Birmingham Council’s guidance ‘Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in Birmingham schools and settings’. The guidance sets out:

  • Sources of support, advice and information for children, young people and families including support groups and forums.
  • Special educational, health and social care provision for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • Arrangements to identify and assess children and young people with SEN, including how an assessment can be requested.
  • Other educational provision, for example leisure activities, sports or arts provision,
  • Information about provision to assist in preparing children and young people for adulthood including post-16 education and training provision
  • Arrangements for travel to and from schools, post-16 institutions and early years’ providers
  • Childcare, including suitable provision for disabled children and those with SEND
  • Support available to young people in higher education, particularly the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and the process and timescales for making an application for DSA
  • Arrangements for resolving disagreements and for mediation, and details about making complaints

Click here to read it:

How do we work with parents and students?

We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a student may have a special educational need. We work closely with students with SEND and their parents to agree outcomes and how we will all work towards these, and then to review progress. We do this by holding regular meetings, at parent evenings, using student managers and scheduled phone calls.

Adapting the Curriculum:

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all students including those with SEND. Details are published on the school’s website. The way we adapt this for students with SEND and disabled students is set out in the School Accessibility Plan – click here

  • We have highly targeted teaching groups in Maths and English based on prior attainment across all year groups.
  • We run interventions and in class support, in particular reading recovery for Year 7 and 8, to enable accelerated progress.
  • We have Teaching Assistants to support pupils in making accelerated progress in class across the curriculum.

What expertise can we offer?

  • All staff have training in safeguarding
  • Teaching Assistants are trained to support the particular needs of the students they work with
  • We buy time from an Educational Psychologist Service
  • We buy time from the Speech and Language Service (SALT)
  • All staff receive training in the adoption of the SEND Code of Practice

We have access to a range of specialist support services:

  • Behaviour Support Service and City of Birmingham School (COBs)
  • Communication and Autism Team (CAT)
  • Physical Disability Service (PDS)
  • Pupil and School Support (PSS)
  • Sensory Support Service (SSS)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • School Nurse (Falcon Lodge Clinic)
  • Family Support (Featherstone Children’s Centre)

Information about what the specialist services offer can be found on the Birmingham Council web page:

Please note:  We always discuss the involvement of specialist SEND services with parents first and we work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.

How do we know if SEND provision is effective?

The progress of all students is tracked throughout with regular data reports, updated profiles and provision mapping.

In addition for students with SEND we regularly review progress towards agreed outcomes assessing whether the support that’s been in place has made a difference and what we need to do next. We evaluate this progress against age related expectations.

When we run special intervention programmes for groups of students we assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run them in the future.

How are students with SEND helped to access activities outside of the classroom?

All students are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010. We talk to parents and young people, as appropriate, when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen.

What do we do to support the well-being of students with SEND?

We listen to the views of students with SEND by providing a robust pastoral support system which includes form tutors and Head of Year who liaise with the Learning Support team, class teachers and Heads of Faculty. 

We take bullying very seriously. We help to prevent bullying of all students including those with SEND by the application of the Behaviour for Learning Policy which is available here:

How are pupils with Special Educational Needs involved in their own education?

We aim to involve all children in our school in the evaluations and implementation of their own education. For children and young people with Special Educational Needs we use a variety of strategies to support this including:

• Person Centred Reviews

• Child or young person’s target review meetings

• Involve child or young person in setting their own targets

• Self-assessment at the beginning and end of learning

Joining the school and moving on:

We encourage all new students to visit the school before starting. We offer open mornings, open evenings and all primary schools are visited by John Willmott School staff as part of the transition process  There is a partnership wide transition day for students moving sites / and from primary schools. For students with SEND we offer extra bespoke visits and 1:1 support and liaison.

We begin to prepare young people for transition into the next stage of their education or training through a tight system of liaison and information sharing with our partner Primaries, KS3 and KS4 teachers and then KS4 and KS5 teachers.

Who to contact

If you are concerned about your child, please contact either our SENCDCo  Mrs Earl via email at:

If you would like impartial advice please contact SENDIASS Birmingham at:

Birmingham’s Local Offer contains lots of information for parents:

To read the latest Local Offer Newsletter – please click here