Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, which is differentiated to meet individual needs and abilities.

Children may have Special Educational Needs throughout, or at any time during their school career. 

Teachers take into account in their planning a student's Special Educational Needs and the provision made, therefore, enables them to participate effectively in curriculum and assessment activities in addition to broader aspects of school life.

"Students with disabilities and those who have special educational needs make excellent progress. Their needs are fully met in classes and any additional support is carefully planned." Ofsted December 2013.

At this school we respect the fact that students:

  • Have different educational and behavioural needs and aspirations
  • Require different strategies for learning
  • Learn at different rates
  • Require a range of different teaching strategies and experiences

The majority of students will have their needs met through normal classroom arrangements and appropriate differentiation. However, if a student requires additional support Dowdales Special Educational Needs Department has staff trained with the following specialist qualifications:

  • Dyslexia
  • Reading Intervention
  • Information Technology
  • Science
  • Counselling
  • Complex Learning (Autism)
  • Supporting Hearing Impaired Students

Since 2007 we are proud that our school has been accredited as a Dyslexia Friendly School by CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Students).

Here at Dowdales, we aim to provide our dyslexic students with a safe, positive environment in which their dyslexia is not seen as a barrier to success.

"above all, the commitment and enthusiasm of the teachers make this school outstanding in its provision for all pupils who attend it; particularly those who have a specific learning difficulty." Crested 2014

"it is of great benefit to the school that they have access to 'in-house' expertise - this undoubtedly is a valuable piece in the jigsaw of provision and awareness that is evident at Dowdales." Crested 2014