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Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SENDCo: Wendy Woodstock


Lipson is a co-operative school whose learners, teachers and parents believe in a value driven education. Our teachers and students are innovative and confident, caring, socially responsible, happy and successful.

At Lipson Co-operative Academy we seek to serve the local and wider community by offering students a fully inclusive learning environment in which to flourish as individuals. We are committed to inclusion and this is embodied through our Co-operative values. Every teacher is responsible and accountable for all students in their class; every teacher is a teacher of Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

At Lipson you become part of a family, not just a school, where everyone is valued as an individual on the one hand but expected to make a worthwhile contribution to that of the family on the other.

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At Lipson Co-operative Academy we aim to ensure that students with special educational needs are given every opportunity to experience success, achievement and fulfilment in their work. We aim to provide educational, emotional and technical support in a positive learning environment and ultimately provide inclusive education for students who have difficulty accessing the curriculum.

The Enhanced Specialist Provision (ESP) at Lipson Co-operative Academy aims to meet the educational needs of students with a Statement of Special Educational Needs/ Education Health and Care Plan. Students are offered a placement in the provision through the Local Authority. The Enhanced Specialist Provision works closely with Parents/Carers, outside agencies, staff and students and offers specialist support to the students in its care.

The Provision is managed on a daily basis by a Teacher in Charge and a team of experienced Teaching Assistants. The Teacher in Charge liaises closely with the SENCo who retains overall responsibility for the ESP. The day to day running of the Provision operates in keeping with the overall policies and expectations at Lipson Co-operative Academy, e.g. systems for rewards and sanctions, homework and uniform.

Lipson Co-operative Academy’s SEN processes reflect the SEN Code of Practice 2014, where a graduated response to supporting the student’s needs is identified. Lipson Co-operative Academy may undertake early intervention in order to support students with any difficulties they may be experiencing; the aim is to support students to develop independence as they progress through the academy, helping them to prepare for life beyond Lipson.

Accessibility Plan

Intimate Care Policy

SEN Information Report

SEND Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy

Graduated Response

Supporting Courses and Workshops


For further information relating to SEND please contact our SENDCo Wendy Woodstock wwoodstock@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk