Special Educational Needs and The Local Offer

Malden Oaks aims to meet the differing needs of all our students and we are committed to ensuring that they, regardless of their educational needs, have access to a curriculum rich in variety that offers them plenty of opportunities to succeed. Our key priorities are to ensure the physical and emotional, safety and wellbeing of all our students; to ensure all students take an active part in decision making about their learning and environment and that through a broad choice of subjects and activities, students can fully engage with their learning to go on to achieve both at GCSE level and in the future. Of paramount importance is that all students are encouraged to aim high, both on a day to day basis and in their aspirations for the future.

We ensure that, in line with the Special Educational Needs’ Code of Practice, a child centred, outcomes based approach underpins the work we do with students with additional needs and these are outlined in our

If you are concerned about your child’s learning or progress in a particular subject, you can contact in the first instance their subject teacher, tutor or the relevant Deputy Headteacher (Key stage 3 or Key stage 4).

If the concerns are in regard to learning need please contact the Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator (SENCo)directly.

For more information on local services and support available for families including children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities please view the Local Offer website.  Should you wish to contact them their email address for enquiries and feedback is: sendlocaloffer@achievingforchildren.org.uk or telephone 020 8547 4722 for enquires.

Other organisations

Parent carer forums are local groups of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities who work alongside local authorities, education, health and other service providers to ensure the services they plan, commission, deliver and monitor meet the needs of children and families. They also offer support and advice to families from a parent point of view.

SEND Family Voices (SFV) provides this service for Kingston and Richmond.

Phone: 07469 746145

Email: SENDFamilyVoices@outlook.com

Website: www.sendfamilyvoices.org

Independent Supporters

Independent Supporters can work with you and your child to ensure that your voices are heard. They offer a free, friendly, flexible service for families and young people. They offer support when:

  • you have applied for an education, health and care plan (EHCP) for your child
  • your child has a statement that is transferring to an EHCP.

They aim to do this by:

  • supporting you to understand the legal framework underpinning the changes in SEN
  • helping you think through and identify what the changes mean for you
  • attending or supporting you at meetings with the local authority or school

The local organisations that provide this service are:

 Independent Support Partnership

Phone: 020 8831 6076

Email: independent.support@richmondaid.org.uk

Website: www.richmondaid.org.uk

KIDS Richmond and Kingston SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Phone: 020 8831 6179

Email: mailto:richmondkingston@kids.org.uk

Website: www.kids.org.uk

In addition to independent support, the Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) offers advice across a wide range of subjects. This may include help with personal budgets and how to use the Local Offer plus:

  • support with understanding reports and letters, attending meetings and preparing for assessments and reviews
  • information and signposting to support services in your area
  • support with transition and preparing for adulthood
  • support with and signposting to mediation
  • advice and support on benefits

The Local Offer contains information on all the local organisations that can provide support and advice.