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Primary school provision

There are 78 mainstream primary settings in Dudley (40 of which have Nursery provision). Each setting has published a description of their SEND support on their website and links to this information can be found in Schools & Colleges SEND Reports.

All mainstream schools use the graduated approach to meeting your child’s needs. They also have a delegated SEND budget to meet additional learning needs. They will all have a SENCO or Inclusion manager to co-ordinate the provision your child needs. If you are concerned about your child’s progress, talk to your child’s teacher in the first instance. If you are still concerned, make an appointment to see your SENCO.

Secondary school provision

There are 20 mainstream secondary schools in Dudley. Each setting has published a description of their SEND support on their website and links to this information can be found in Schools & Colleges SEND Reports.

All mainstream settings use the graduated approach to meeting your child’s needs. All settings maintained by the local authority have a delegated SEND budget to meet additional learning needs. They will all also have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or Inclusion manager to coordinate the provision your child needs. If you are concerned about your child’s progress, talk to your child’s teacher in the first instance. If you are still concerned, make an appointment to see your SENCO.

Specialist provision

Special schools cater for children and young people with learning difficulties, who may also have other associated difficulties such as autism, sensory impairment or physical disability.

Gig Mill ASD base

We are a specialist ASD provision, attached to Gig Mill Primary school, for primary age children who have been diagnosed with high functioning autism.

Criteria for access includes:

•The child has a diagnosis of ASD.
•Child vulnerable to an increased risk of mental health problems / permanent exclusion / school related phobias / profound anxiety or other factors.
•The child has completed a 12 week block of work, supported by Autism Outreach, in the current setting.
•The child has a current EHCP with condition as a prime area of need.
•Referral to the Autism Base Management Board via AOT or an Educational Psychologist, where evidence is presented and the referral pathways are followed.

What do we do?

We provide a curriculum specially adapted for children with severe social and communication needs and a range of mental health needs associated with the Autism Spectrum Disorder. The curriculum is delivered in a base situated on a main school site.

How do you refer or access the service/provision?

Referral form to be sent via the specialist inclusion service team.

What happens next?

Once a referral has been accepted:
•Parents are invited to visit the base.
•Parents and their child are invited to visit the base.
•A start date is agreed by the Head teachers and parents.
•A transition plan to the base is agreed by the existing provision, Teacher-in-charge and the parents.

Age ranges: 5-11 

Does it cost?

There is no cost to parents, carers or young people.

For further information please contact: SEN Team or Headteacher: Mrs Hannaway
Telephone Number: 01384818600
Address: Gig-Mill Primary School
The Broadway
Norton
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 3HL
Website: www.gig-mill.dudley.sch.uk

The AS base - Beacon Hill Academy

The AS Base caters for the learning needs of pupils from the Dudley Borough, who have an Education, Health Care Plan and a Primary Need in relation to Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Ashwood Park resource base for the deaf

The Ashwood Park Resource Base for the deaf is a primary school in Dudley with enhanced provision for deaf children with severe or profound hearing.  This provision forms part of the Local Offer for hearing impaired pupils.

Listen and Learn Centre (LLC)

The Listen and Learn Centre (LLC) is enhanced provision for deaf pupils with severe or profound hearing loss in secondary school aged 11-16. We support pupils with a severe or profound hearing loss. Pupils are fully included in Crestwood School, but benefit from enhanced classroom communication support and individual tutorial sessions with teachers of the deaf. This provision forms part of the Local Offer for hearing impaired students.

We have teachers of the deaf and a small team of specialist teaching assistants who support and give access to mainstream lessons. One to one sessions in the LLC support language development, listening skills and enhance access to the school curriculum.

The LLC has a large teaching room, an audiology and speech therapy room and an office which gives additional teaching space. One of our teachers is a qualified educational audiologist. We work closely with speech and language therapists and our deaf support worker, who teaches British Sign Language after school.

The LLC offers oral and total communications modes, agreed with pupils and parents through our review process. Teachers of the deaf work closely with multiple agencies including NHS audiology, Midland Hearing Implant programme and parents to ensure each student has the best listening experience with the latest hearing technologies.

How do you get a referral?

All pupils have and Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) and can be admitted to the provision following statutory assessment or an annual review of the EHCP.

Age range: 11-16 years

Further information:
The Crestwood School, Bromley Lane, Kingswinford, DY6 8QG
01384 686494

Schools

Find a school in Dudley

Information about schools and special schools can be found on the website-

Schools in Dudley

School admissions

The School Admissions Service deals with the statutory function of ensuring that parents have the opportunity to express a school preference and give reasons for that preference. 

The service co-ordinates all school admission applications both at the normal point of entry and throughout the school year. We offer advice and guidance to parents and ensure that all applications are treated equally and fairly.

How are special educational needs met in schools?

If a child has a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of their age, they may have special educational needs (SEN).

The SEND Code of Practice provides guidance from the Department of Education to all schools and local authorities on how to carry out their responsibilities under the new arrangements.

Education other than at school

Elective Home Education: Educating your child outside the mainstream school system.