Special Educational Needs & Disability

William Howard School is committed to ensuring that the individual long term hopes and aspirations of the students and their families form the basis of a personalised next step approach to their educational experience.

Our school aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities. Specialist seating and equipment is provided where necessary to ensure access throughout the building and curriculum areas. Children may have Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) throughout or at any time during their school career. We strive to ensure that curriculum planning and assessment take account of the type and extent of the difficulty experienced by the student. All staff aim to plan for a student’s Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, enabling them to participate effectively in all curriculum, assessment, extra-curricular activities and the broader aspect of school life as far as is reasonably possible.

“Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well and make good progress.” (OFSTED, October 2018)


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Mrs Sue Newstead (Director of Learning Provision SENCo, Cumbria Education Trust). Email SENCO

Our SENCo is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEN. The SENCo will liaise regularly with class teachers and monitor pupil progress. Where progress is slower than expected, further interventions and/or support will be planned.


95% of differentiation and differentiated curriculum is delivered in the curriculum areas.

Other opportunities include:

  • Small group work
  • Additional differentiated extra-curricular activities
  • Parallel and personalised schemes of work

Specialist Provision for Students with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

Does your child have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for Severe Learning Difficulties?

  • If so, please arrange a tour to discuss our specialist provision (tel: 016977 45774).
  • You may get help with transport if your child is not able to access public or traditional school transport.

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