SEN - 'The Link'


(Leading Inclusion Nurturing Knowledge)

The Inclusion Faculty aims to provide an appropriate and high quality education for all children. We take pride in creating an effective and supportive learning environment allowing each of our students to achieve.

We aim to create a sense of community and belonging, and to offer new opportunities to learners who may experience difficulties.

Special Educational Needs Provision Statement

Governors have a duty under s317 of the Education Act 1996 to do their best to ensure that the necessary provision is made for pupils with SEN. The school Standards and Framework Act 1998 requires governors to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards. These high standards relate to all the pupils in the school including those with SEN.

In relation to SEN, the governing body should make sure that:

  • they are fully involved in developing and monitoring the schools SEN policy

  • all governors, especially SEN governors, are up to date and knowledgeable about the schools SEN provision, including how funding, equipment and personnel resources are deployed

  • SEN provision is an integral part of the school development plan

  • the quality of SEN provision is continually monitored


Special Features

Services and External Agencies

Essex Local Offer

Our work involves a great deal of communication with both families and outside agencies. We work in partnership with many professionals including Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, Educational Welfare Officers, Social Care, Transition Pathway, Children Support Services and Health Care Professionals.

Support Structures

The Inclusion Faculty has a designated area of the school known as, 'The Link' It consists of two classrooms, a resource base, a home base, counselling room and meeting room.

  • The SEN room acts a safe haven.

  • Separate support units are available to meet the needs of pupils with difficulties.

  • An established team of Teachers, High Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants.

  • All Special Needs pupils have one plan profiles.

  • All statemented pupils are allocated a Teaching Assistant mentor.

  • Link Governor.

  • Regular review meetings for Special Needs students are held to discuss progress.  This might be with a student's tutor or with a member of the LINK team.

How do we provide support?

  • Literacy and Numeracy Intervention Groups.

  • SEN Teaching Groups.

  • Additional in class support and differentiation of work.

  • Structured Literacy Programmes.

  • Structured Numeracy Programmes.

  • The Link area acts a safe haven for SEN pupils.

  • Homework Club.

  • TA Mentors.

  • 1-1 Tuition.

  • Interventions to build self esteem.

  • Anger Management sessions.

  • Counselling delivered by a range of external providers.

SEN Contact Details

For any SEN enquiries please contact Ms A Bolitho via email – Alternatively you can call the school on 01245 266766.

Year 7 Catch Up

The aim of Hylands school is to completely remove the gap in attainment between pupils who arrive at below national expectations from KS2 (Historically, this was a group of pupils who arrived below Level 3) and students who entered the school at or above expected levels; by ensuring that they make exceptional progress throughout the school.

Please follow this link to see the SEND policy in the policies section of our website

Catch Up Expenditure 2017
Hylands SEND School Offer