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Hi there, my name is Jeremy Ricketts and I am the SENDCo at Wayland Academy. 

I've been the SENDCo at both Wayland Academy September 2015. I am currently working on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.  I would describe myself as passionate about developing the emotional and intellectual profiles of students in my care.  Happy and successful students make happy and successful adults.

At Wayland Academy we aware of the needs of each individual student and recognise that we have a responsibility to support every student to achieve their potential. Students with Special Educational Needs and those with Disabilities (SEND) are helped to access the National Curriculum through Foundation Learning groups, in-class support and intervention groups. We have high aspirations and a determination to develop independence, recognising that this is the most reliable route to excellent educational achievement. 

The SENDCo coordinates SEND throughout the Academy, supported by the Senior Leadership Team and the SEND Governor.

A whole academy approach:

  • Early review, identification and assessment
  • Student centred planned provision
  • Delivery through; resources, intervention and support
  • Progress measured, evaluation and development

The SENDCo will assess where a student is not making adequate progress despite high quality teaching targeted at an area of weakness.

In this context Wayland Academy aims to enable:

  • Improved attainment and progress of students with SEN.
  • Remove barriers to learning.
  • All students to have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Student needs to be identified and assessed.
  • A provision for every student that matches their needs.
  • An effective working partnership between Academy and parents working towards a common goal.
  • The views and wishes of students to be considered so that they feel that they are in control of their choices.
  • The Academy to work in partnership with professionals to support students and enable every student to succeed.
  • Successful preparation for adulthood and prevention of students from becoming NEET.
  • Students with SEN to match whole Academy attendance figures.
  • Collaboration between the Academy and Health and Social Care services to provide support.

SENDCo: Jeremy Ricketts

The definition of SEN according to DfE:

  • A child and young person has SEN if they have learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made
  • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they have significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.