Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At Cheam Common Junior Academy, children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are supported and extended first and foremost by their class teacher. All teachers are teachers of special educational needs. Our class teachers plan carefully to meet the needs of all learners, to ensure that they all make good progress.

Children are supported by a range of resources in class, including ICT, visual supports, targeted adult support and appropriate practical equipment. In addition, targeted interventions are delivered by trained staff. Continuing profession development (CPD) in areas such as dyslexia, autism (including social stories) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is part of the programme for staff .

Learning support assistants (LSAs) meet regularly with the Inclusion leader to ensure that children with an educational health care plan (EHCP) are making progress towards their targets.

The government’s SEND code of practice makes explicit requirements about the involvement of children and parents in setting ‘outcomes’ and making decisions about SEN provision. The school follows a graduated approach to SEN provision, which can be seen below.This outlines what you can do if you are concerned about your child.

The provision given by the school at each wave of intervention is detailed in the school’s provision maps:

  • Wave 1 details quality first teaching and differentiated learning for all
  • Wave 2 details interventions on a small group basis to meet a desired outcome
  • Wave 3 details more specialist, often 1:1 interventions with possible outside agency involvement

Our SEND Policy and Information Report are currently under review. In the meantime you can download our current policy and most recent report here:

What is the ‘Local Offer’?

The Local Offer sets out everything that is available to children with SEND and their families from the local authority. 

As a school in the borough of Sutton, we are mindful of Sutton Council's Local Offer and we work alongside its guidance. Read more about Sutton's Local Offer.

Find out more

Our Inclusion Manager, responsible for SEND, is Mrs Sonemann. If you have any questions relating to SEND please email Mrs Sonemann on inclusionmanager@cheamcommon.org.uk or alternatively come into the school office to arrange an appointment to meet with her.