We want to make sure that students with different needs, or from different backgrounds are all treated equally and get the support they need to get the best out of their education.

The inclusion department is separated into different teams:

The special educational needs team

We have a large number of students on the special educational needs (SEN) register for a wide variety of needs, from specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, to physical disabilities.

We currently have a large team of learning support assistants, who work in lessons with students with statements of special needs or educational health care plans and students on the SEN register. The learning support team are organised in teams specific to need.

Some of our students with special needs benefit from our accelerate groups – small groups of approximately six students taught by fully qualified SEN teachers following a differentiated Maths and English curriculum to support students working on levels below national average in Maths and English.

We run ‘Stepping Up’, a transition group for students in Year 6 who may find the transition from primary school challenging, these run in the summer term before the students join SNS in September.

Each year the school runs a weeklong programme of assemblies, tutor group workshops and other projects focusing on a different aspect of SEN. Over the last few years, we have looked at dyslexia, autism, physical disabilities, sensory impairments and ADHD.

As part of our Inclusion week we make a short film, which is viewed in assemblies and tutor time.

For more information about the SEN team you can contact Mary Straw by email at mary.straw@sns.hackney.sch.uk. You can also read our SEN Information report and our SEN Policy.


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