Student Support and SEND

The Student Support faculty works with individual students to create programmes tailored to need. A range of interventions are available, across the four broad areas of need:

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social Emotional and Mental Health
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Physical and Sensory

The interventions are created/delivered according to feedback from student/parent voice activities. Please contact us to find out which interventions are running at any given time.

Student Support also offer enhanced transition experiences. Please contact us if you wish to discuss what we can offer.

For SEND students at John Port Spencer Academy, we ask for parental help to develop individual Pupil Passports and Learning Plans. Word versions of these forms are available here:

John Port Spencer Academy – Pupil Passport

John Port Spencer Academy – Learning Plan

Where can I find more information or advice?

Further information and advice is available in the school’s SEND information report and via the Derbyshire Local Offer.

The Derbyshire Local Offer provides information for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place, making it clear and accessible. Derbyshire’s Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups.

The school SEND offer is the inclusive, accessible provision which supports children with special educational needs and disability to thrive.

As a fully inclusive school, John Port Spencer Academy is committed to identifying and providing for the needs of all students. Every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person including those with SEND; and all staff are trained in and adhere to our model of good practice.

Students are recognised as individuals, with abilities and development needs which will vary across the curriculum. Class teachers and support staff are able to identify individual development requirements, and to provide lessons and activities which ensure progress at all levels of ability.

As part of changes implemented by the Department for Education in 2014, all local authorities must publish information about how they support SEND pupils. This is called the ‘Local Offer.’ Details of this and other useful documents are available here: