Special Educational Needs at Blackwater

SENCo: Mrs Evey Evison


Contact: head@blackwater.tpacademytrust.org to make an appointment.


At Blackwater, we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education and to create an atmosphere of encouragement, acceptance, respect for achievements and sensitivity to individual needs, in which all pupils can thrive.


We adapt the curriculum and learning environment for pupils with SEN:

Blackwater School has a range of approaches to supporting children with SEN needs. All children benefit from quality first teaching in the classroom, which caters for their individual needs and supports all children to make good progress. Work is differentiated for different groups and individuals. Where children need additional support they will in the first instance be supported in class to address their needs.


Sometimes this is enough to ensure a child is on track but sometimes a more detailed plans will be needed with individual targets and strategies to work towards achieving them. This will be put in place in discussion with parents/carers and where appropriate the child. This would mean additional work with a child on a small group or 1:1 basis to carry out specific interventions to support a child to meet their individual targets.

The SENCO works alongside class teachers and support staff to oversee SEN provision and monitor the progress of any child requiring additional support. Where appropriate other agencies will be asked to work alongside the school to assess a child and plan for their needs. At all stages parents/carers will be involved in the process.


To ensure all children are able to access the curriculum at an appropriate level and fulfil their potential we take some of the following actions:

  • Make adaptations to ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and school activities.
  • Support pupils to achieve their full potential despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
  • Ensure that staff are aware of pupil’s individual needs and teach in a way that is appropriate for them.
  • Provide opportunities for pupils to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience.
  • Work in partnership with parents/carers, pupils and external agencies to cater for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Make provision for children with SEN to fully develop their abilities, interests and talents.
  • Identify special educational needs at the earliest opportunity to ensure early intervention and support.
  • Ensure all children with SEN are fully included in all aspects of school life.
  • Regularly review policy and practice in order to achieve the best outcomes for all our pupils

More details on how we adapt information, our environment and curriculum can be found in the Accessibility Plan which you can find on our website.


Other important documents on the website:

SEN Policy

Local Offer

Equalities Policy

Parent Guide

Cornwall’s SEND Local Offer can be found at:


This website includes all the support that is available to children and young people in Cornwall (aged 0–25) with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Email localoffer@cornwall.gov.uk Telephone: 0800 587 8191 or 01872 323535

Other Useful Links:


Cornwall SEND Information Advice and Support Service provide free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support for families of children with SEND www.cornwallsendiass.org.uk


Dyslexia Cornwall provide support and services for dyslexic children and adults of all ages, their parents/families, educators, employers and the wider community. They also provide an outreach service across the whole of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. www.dyslexiacornwall.org.uk


British Dyslexia Association is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential. www.bdadyslexia.org.uk


National Autistic Society www.autism.org.uk


National Deaf Children’s society www.ndcs.org.uk


Dyspraxia Foundation dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk


iCan gives Parents/Carers the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills www.ican.org.uk


Young Minds offer free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person up to the age of 25. www.youngminds.org.uk


Hypermobility Syndrome Association provides specific information for children and their parents. We run specialist family programmes, where families can learn together how best to manage the many symptoms relating to hypermobility, gain confidence and ask any questions they may have. hypermobility.org