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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Special Educational Needs and Inclusion



“Equality is the access to and distribution of a set of resources evenly across individuals. But equity helps even the playing field so that everyone can thrive. Equity is the access to or allocation of resources according to need.”


At Bearbrook, we empower all children to achieve and flourish on their journey to outstanding, regardless of their background, ability or postcode. Our long term goal is to help equip our children with the knowledge and skills they need to live fulfilling and independent lives, achieving the goals and aspirations that our children set for themselves, with the support of all those around them.

We intend for our children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to be supported to achieve the best that they can with access to quality first class teaching as a priority, differentiated learning activities and approaches that lead to an authentic and meaningful outcome for the children. Our main aims are to:


· support and challenge their perceptions and thinking

· to ensure that they make the best possible progress as individuals so that ultimately, no child is left behind.

At Bearbrook, we provide an education for children with a wide range of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) including those with:


  • Communication and interaction needs;

this includes children who have speech, language and communication needs including autistic spectrum conditions.


  • Cognition and Learning needs;

this includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.


  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs;

this includes children who have anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attachment Disorder. 


  • Sensory and/or Physical needs;

this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning.


At Bearbrook we believe there are key principles that are essential to developing a more inclusive curriculum:


 • Quality first teaching which provides appropriate learning challenges for all children. 

• Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs through timely and useful feedback, regular assessment and appropriate support

 • Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils.

Bearbrook SEND Community

We are really pleased to launch our new Padlet for SEND – a ‘one stop shop’ of resources, websites, books for children and adults, helpful videos and links to subjects which you might want some more support in. 


You don’t have to download anything new, and you do not have to have a child with SEND to click on the Padlet WELCOME page below.


Topics include – Autism, Dyslexia, Sleep, Bedwetting, Transition to Primary or Secondary School, Bereavement, Health and Well-being, etc.


It’s so easy, we promise! Once on the page, clicking on any of the smaller ‘windows’ will open a new web page and you can view the resources.


If you have any SEND queries please feel free to contact one of our SENDco's on 01296 488331


Rosie Geddert -

(Pre-school & Years R, 1 and 2) 


Sam Spacagna -

(Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)