Our approach to teaching children & young people with SEN

‘Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the
same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early
years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’
(Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families 2014)
At Hardwicke, we pride ourselves in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need.  By encouraging independence at all age and ability levels we endeavour to develop confidence, improve self-esteem and promote enthusiasm in all our pupils.

Inclusive education means supporting all pupils to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life alongside their peers. All of our teachers view themselves as teachers of pupils with special educational needs, teaching such pupils is a whole school responsibility.


All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our curriculum includes, not only the formal requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum / National Curriculum, but also a range of additional opportunities to enrich the experiences of all pupils.

The Curriculum also included the social aspects that are essential for lifelong learning, personal growth and development of independence.


We have high expectations and aspirations for children with SEN. We believe that ALL children are entitled to an education that enables them to:

  • Achieve their best
  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives
  • Make a successful transition into adulthood


We ensure that the Hardwicke Special Educational Needs and Disabilities policy works within the guidelines and inclusion policies of the Code of Practice (2014), the Local Education Authority, Equality Act 2010 and other relevant policies and legislation.

In compliance with the Code of Practice 2014, we plan and provide for children with
SEND within the four broad areas outlined below:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional ongoing support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.