Our Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy is available on the School Policies & Standards section.

Blessed Robert Sutton has 650 students on roll.

A period of change

In September 2014 a New SEND Code of Practice became law, replacing previous legislation.

The New Code of Practice describes four broad categories of need:

  1. Communication and Interaction
  2. Cognition and Learning
  3. Social, Mental and Emotional Health
  4. Sensory and/or Physical

We work closely with our main Local Authorities, Staffordshire and Derbyshire to ensure the best support for our Pupils.

Our focus is on the inclusion of students with special needs in the mainstream classroom, moving away from students being withdrawn from lessons on a regular basis. Intervention is used during form time for more 1:1 or small group support.

Initial concerns expressed by staff, students and parents, will usually be addressed by Form and Subject staff with advice from Learning Support staff as appropriate.  If initial support actions prove insufficient, further consultation with students, parents, teachers and Learning Support staff will take place to develop individual strategies and targets appropriate to the student’s needs.

All staff work together with students and parents to ensure that all students reach their full potential.
Exam concessions can be applied for and provided if a student fulfils the criteria e.g. 25% extra time, a reader, a scribe, a small room and use of a word processor. This is completed in line with JCQ Access Arrangement Guidelines.

Sensitive pastoral care, support and counselling are provided where appropriate.  Learning Support work closely with Su Rowe, Louise Tarry, Sue Smith, Julie McAulay who monitor attendance and welfare. The department also works closely with Magda Kupczak (EAL co-ordinator).

An SEND Register is kept of students experiencing difficulties so that all staff are aware of their needs and can refer to the Department for advice.  At the present time around 122 students are monitored by the Department. Liaison with parents and carers is an integral part of this process and we welcome your interest and support.  We are all in partnership to provide the best for your son or daughter.

Close links are also maintained with our Partner Junior Schools and with outside agencies.  E.g. Educational and Clinical Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Autism Outreach, School Doctor, School Nurse, Educational Welfare Officer and the Careers’ Service.

Staffing for 2019 – 2020 for
General Learning Support Provision and for students with Education, Health and Care Plans or Person Center

SEN Local Offer:

Staffordshire : https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/home.page
Derbyshire: https://localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk/#!/directory
Leicestershire: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs-and-disability

Help Available Outside of Lesson Time Everyday – details of additional support is available here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any queries:

Telephone:  01283 749467
Email:  laura.wilson@robertsutton.staffs.sch.uk

Mrs Laura Wilson
Assistant Headteacher