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How does Hackney assist pupils with SEND to access schools and the National Curriculum?

Hackney, like all other Local Authorities in the UK, has a legal requirement to ensure that all children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND) have access to the National Curriculum through differentiation / their work being broken down helpfully.

There are some circumstances, where differentiating the curriculum is not enough to help pupils progress and head teachers may consider dis-applying some parts of the curriculum.

Legally, all Local Authorities have to have an Accessibility Strategy.  Hackney’s Accessibility Strategy outlines how we work with and support schools and educational settings to make sure that pupils with SEND can access the curriculum, the physical environment, and all the activities on offer to all students where at all possible.

Accessibility Planning is required to:

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment of all schools to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided

All mainstream schools in Hackney are expected to provide support to pupils with SEND from the resources delegated / given to them as part of their schools budget, up to a figure of £6,000 a year.

All schools are required to have a SEN Policy and also to publish an SEN Information Report which sets out how they identify the needs of and support pupils with SEND. 

You can find out more about what duties schools have in regards to SEND in chapter 6 of the SEND Code of Practice 2014/15. 


What support can schools get? 

Schools and Settings are supported by a number of teams and services who can help them identify, understand and meet the needs of children with SEND.

These include:

For those children and young people whose needs require resources that exceed £6,000, schools are able to apply for additional funding.

These requests are considered by a multi-agency panel of professionals at Hackney Learning Trust and can lead to children and young people receiving an Education, Health and Care plan. 

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) information questions and answers...

If you are a parent or carer and have any queries regarding funding to help support you or your child please speak to the schools SENCO or head teacher to see if they can help.

You can also find information about SEND related matters in Hackney throughout this website. 

What is the Local Offer?

A copy of Hackney’s Accessibility Strategy can be accessed in the downloads section of this page. 

Last updated: 08/06/18

See also…

Resources page for SENCOs and other SEND professionals

How can children with SEND be supported before and when starting primary school?

Types of school places for children with SEND

Support for children with SEND who are moving on to secondary school

Support and development SEND services for schools

What does the local authority / Hackney Learning Trust expect schools and other education settings to do?

Education, training and schools roles and responsibilities regarding pupils with SEND

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