Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

"Pupils benefit from a broad curriculum that develops their understanding of the world around them. High expectations are set for what they can achieve. This includes pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The individual needs of these pupils are known and met." - Ofsted 2023

SEND - Frequently Asked Questions

The SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) team at TCS work closely with all teaching and pastoral staff to ensure high quality provision for all students with SEND or potential SEND.

At TCS, we know that all teachers are teachers of SEND, and we spend a great deal of time on training and discussing students with SEND to ensure all teachers are confident in supporting students so that they thrive with us. Our training revisits aspects of SEND frequently, and we make use of external agencies and best practice to ensure we do the utmost for the students in our care. Our training and information dissemination takes place in a range of meetings and briefings throughout the school year, and includes reference to the SEND code of practice, The National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) and the best practice research published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

The SEND team includes Learning Coaches, Teaching Assistants, our SENDCo, an assistant SENDCo, and a Senior Teaching Assistant. Several of the SEND team are trained in specific aspects of support, for example ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants). Our named SENDCo is Mrs Geraldine Gray, who is also an Assistant Headteacher.

The SEND team work with teachers to ensure high quality teaching is the backbone of support for students in the classroom. They also continually liaise with the pastoral team to ensure that students receive the bespoke support that they require to become independent and resilient learners. 

In some cases, students will need specific support, often for a short period, and this could include:

  • Catch up literacy, such as paired reading, or phonics teaching
  • Catch up numeracy, such as telling the time, or using money
  • Support in a lesson, from a teaching assistant or learning coach
  • Pastoral support using tutor or Head of Year
  • Social skills support, such as Talkabout
  • Break time and lunchtime supervision and support
  • An ELSA period, from 6 to 12 weeks, from a Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
  • Support through external agencies such as the Educational Psychologist, or a Speech and Language Therapist

SENDCo and Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Gray g.gray@testbourne.school
For General SEND enquiries: 
Senior Teaching Assistant: Mrs Preston b.preston@testbourne.school

Further information

Our SEND Policy and Information Report

The Hampshire Local Offer (part of the Family Informaiton and Services Hub in Hampshire Hampshire's Local Offer for SEND (hants.gov.uk)

SENDIASS in Basingstoke: Hampshire SENDIASS | Impartial SEND Advice & Support

Autism Hampshire: Home | Autism Hampshire

ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) - www.addiss.co.uk

ASD (Austistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger Syndrome and Social Communication Difficulties) - www.nas.org.uk

Auditory Processing Disorder - www.apduk.org.uk

Dyslexia and Discalculia - www.iamdyslexic.com

Speech and Language Impairments - www.afasic.org.uk

Rare Disorders - www.bpsu.inopsu.com

Information sheets on a wide range of learning difficulties eg. dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), Asperger Syndrome - www.oaasis.co.uk

Contact a family: information, support and advice on a very wide range of disabilities - www.cafamily.org.uk