SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) at the Orchard

Our school values the abilities and achievements of all its learners and is committed to providing every one of them with the best possible environment for learning, enabling them to thrive.

Learners are supported holistically to ensure they are able to engage with the broad curriculum we offer, and their own Personal Learning Plan. We know that in order to achieve the best outcomes and fulfil their potential, learners need to be in a regulated state and eager to engage with their education.

All learners have an Emotional Support Plan in place, which outlines their specific challenges, their aims and aspirations for the future, and how staff at The Orchard can support them to achieve these goals. Learners are involved in creating these plans and in reviewing and updating them as they progress through the school.

Learners are also fully involved in their Annual SEN Review meeting so they can provide feedback on their education and progress.

We Offer a Number of Therapies to our Learners

‘Theraplay’ Theraply informed practice provides a range of ‘up and down regulating activities’ to support learner’s emotions throughout the day. This ensures they are in a regulated state to successfully access learning.

Fortis Therapy – One-to-one counselling sessions provides a safe space for learners to talk about and work through their feelings.

Pet Therapy – Animal-assisted therapy can improve learners’ social, emotional, or cognitive functioning

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – a talking therapy that can help learners manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave.

Art Therapy – a treatment approach that integrates psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve well-being.

Lego Therapy – a social development program that uses LEGO activities to support the development of a wide range of social skills within a group setting.

“Talkabout” –  a social skills development programme.

SEND Newsletters

SEND Newsletter- Tuesday 21 November 2023

Book your place on an Early Years workshop.

SEND Employment Forum Launch

Organisations are invited to join the SEND Employment Forum Launch to learn about offering supported internships and employment…

Neurodiversity & Autism Update October 2023

This update has been written to provide an overview for parents/carers and professionals on our programmes of work for Neurodiversity and Autism…

18th October 2023

Children and young people are invited to participate in a competition to design the new YPAG logo.

3rd October 2023

On Friday 29 September the first SEND Employment Forum was hosted by Annemarie Cook the post 16 EHCP Coordinator…

13th September 2023

You are invited to a pop-up event at Phoenix Park Academy, Harold Street, DN32 7NQ, on
Friday 22 September from 9:30-11:30am

21st April 2023

Join disability badminton training sessions for Secondary aged children (Years 7 – 11) both boys and girls with a physical disability…

3rd March 2023

World Autism Acceptance Week is back from 27 March – 2 April 2023! Our theme for 2023 is colour, and we have a new virtual challenge

23rd January 2023

A FOCUS on children’s health and wellbeing sees a host of North East Lincolnshire organisations join forces to shine a light…

31st – 6th November 2022

This accreditation offers local businesses the chance to upskill their staff and improve their offer to be more inclusive…

11th – 17th July 2022

SEND took centre stage on Friday 8 July at the 2022 Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Award Ceremony…

13th – 19th June 2022

Next week is Learning Disability Week which runs from 20-26 June, 2022.