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Special Education Needs

We ensure that all pupils are included in all aspects of learning and school life.

Where appropriate we will differentiate the activities to allow all children to take part.


Some children require additional support to help meet their needs and/or support their learning. This can be on a short or long term basis, depending on the type of need.

Our approach to supporting pupils with SEND embraces the principles of the Children and Families Act 2014 and the accompanying new Code of Practice;

  • High expectations and aspirations for all our pupils.
  • Aspirations of our pupils and their parents and carers are placed at the centre of everything we do.
  • Early identification of needs.
  • Support based on desired outcomes.

All the staff at Portland are highly skilled at meeting the individual educational and behavioural needs of our children. Parents and children are welcome to visit Co-op Academy Portland at any time to see first hand what provision we have to offer and whether you feel we can meet the needs of your child.

If you suspect your child has special educational needs or if this is already confirmed, you may wish to meet with the SENDCO, Mrs McMahon or our Welfare Officer Mrs Tolcher. This can be arranged as part of the first visit. Or you can contact them both through the school office. 

This report explains what we can offer to all children who come to Portland and in particular those with SEND.

The Governors at Portland are responsible for the overseeing of all procedures in school and meet at regular intervals to discuss provision and any additional resources that may be needed.

We have a new Academy Governing Council, and we have an appointed  SEND governor, namely Mrs Jennifer Dodd.

Local Offer

The Local Offer provides a wealth of information for parents and carers as well as schools.

Here at Portland we believe all children have the right to a fully inclusive education