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Welcome to our SEND information page which is part of the Derbyshire Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND). All governing bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools, and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the governing body’s or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEND. The information published will be updated annually.

More information about what support is available within Derbyshire can be found at the Derbyshire Local Offer website. The SEND Local Offer brings together information that will be helpful to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families. The SEND Local Offer is intended to help you to find information about services and provision that are available or signpost you to somebody who can provide you with the information you need, through one easily searchable website which can be accessed at

Adherence to Law:

Definitions of special educational needs and disability (SEND) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014:

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory Education provision age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others' of the same age in mainstream Education provisions or mainstream post-16 institutions. A child under compulsory education provision age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them.

The SEND Code of Practice can be found on the Department for Education’s website: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years - GOV.UK (

English as an Additional Language (EAL) is not considered a Special Education Need. Differentiated work and individual learning opportunities are provided for children who are learning EAL as part of our provision for vulnerable learners. However, should SEND be identified during any assessments, EAL pupils will have equal access to SEND provision at Shirebrook Academy.