SEN Information




 Talbot Specialist School SEN information report 2017/18 


The type of SEN provision made 

We have 165 pupils on roll and all have severe and complex learning difficulties. The school works closely with professionals from health and social care. Therapeutic programmes and advice are embedded within the curriculum where appropriate. 


The schools identification and assessment policies 

All students have an Education Health and Care Plan. We offer a flexible, personalised curriculum in order to meet the very diverse learning needs of our students. 

Our assessment policy can be found on the website. Students are formally assessed three times each year using B Squared. Ongoing evidence based assessments also take place throughout the year 


Schools policies for making provision for all pupils  with SEN 

The school ensures that the diverse learning needs of all students are reflected in all policies including the Teaching and Learning, Behaviour, Moving and Handling and Curriculum policies. The school has a commitment to inclusion and was awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark in December 2014. 


How the school evaluates effectiveness of provision for SEN pupils 

The progress and achievement of students is closely monitored and scrutinised. Interventions are put in place where needed. The progress of students receiving pupil premium is closely monitored. 


Arrangements for 

assessing and reviewing progress 

Students are formally assessed three times per year using BSquared. Annual reviews and parents evenings take place three times each year. Partnership with parents / carers is central to our work with students. 


Approach to teaching  

pupils with SEN 

Teachers are highly skilled in delivering personalized learning. Activities are differentiated to meet the individual needs of students so that all can achieve. A wide range of strategies are embedded within the curriculum delivery including Makaton, Pecs and intensive interaction.  


How the school adapts the curriculum/learning environment for SEN pupils 

The school is completely wheelchair accessible. Touch pads have been added to doors to enable easy access. Tracked hoisting systems are in place in 4 classrooms and in the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room. A range of accredited courses are offered including Personal Progress, Personal and Social Development, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT. 


The additional support for learning available to SEN pupils 

Students are taught in small groups with high staffing ratios. The level of support is dependent on the learning and support needs of the individual student. Some students receive 1:1 support. However all students are encouraged to be as independent as possible whilst ensuring their safety and wellbeing. 


How school enables SEN pupils to engage in all activities of the school 

The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, including a wide variety of enrichment activities. All students fully access the curriculum. 




Support available for improving the emotional, mental and social development of SEN pupils 

All staff are trained in Teamteach and are skilled in de-escalating behaviours which could lead to crisis. Repair and reflect activities support students in learning strategies to manage their own emotions. Scerts had been introduced to enable students to develop social and emotional maturity. 


The SEN coordinators 

name and contact details 

Nigel Kirkpatrick is the SEN coordinator 


Information on staff expertise their SEN training, and how specialist support will be secured 

All staff are trained in Teamteach, Makaton and Moving and Handling. Additional whole staff training has been given in intensive interaction and sensory integration. 


Information on equipment and  

facilities to support SEN pupils and how this will be secured 

The school works in partnership with other professionals including physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Specialist equipment including switches, specialist chairs and standing frames and other equipment is provided as required. 


Arrangements for consulting  parents of pupils with SEN, and involving them in their education 

The Education, Health and Care Plan is reviewed annually. Parents evenings are held three times per year. The school sets IEP targets in consultation with parents / carers, linked to the EHCP outcomes. We ensure that all agree on the priorities for individual students so that school and parents / carers can work together to achieve these. 


Arrangements for consulting pupils and Involving them in their education 

Students are encouraged to attend annual reviews and parents evenings. Their opinions and aspirations are at the heart of the provision offered to them. A student council, elected by students, represents the views of the student community in decisions about policy, staff appointments and the curriculum. 


Governing body arrangements for the treatment of parental/ pupil complaints concerning the schools provision 

The school has a complaints procedure which is followed by governors. Complaints are referred to the chair of governors. 


How governing body involves other bodies (health, social care LA support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting their needs 

The school works closely with other agencies including health and social care. Physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists contribute to the care and education programmes of pupils and attend annual reviews and multiagency meetings as necessary. 


The contact details of support services for parents of SEN pupils    

The LA SEN officers  can be contacted on 0114 2735645


The schools transition arrangements for SEN pupils 

Students can leave school at Y11 and may move on to one of the Sheffield Colleges. 

Most students remain at Talbot for post 16 provision. They then leave at Y12, 13 or 14 and move on to a range of education and social care providers. Multi-agency, personalised planning takes place to ensure appropriate plans and funding are in place prior to the pupil leaving school. The school supports by facilitating transition and liaising closely with providers, including Sheffield College, and supporting visits where appropriate. 


Link to the authority 

local offer 

The Local Offer can be found at