North Road Academy, ST6 (ages 3 - 16)

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North Road Academy is a Muslim Nursery, Primary and Secondary School with a Centre for Exceptional Children with Special Educational and Addition Needs.

The School offers a person-centred and outcomes-focused approach tailored to the individual needs and abilities for children of the Muslim faith.  

North Road Academy provides opportunities for children to develop appropriate skills and interests within a Muslim faith setting and the school has access to a Community Mosque to promote and support the teachings of the Quran and the Muslim ethos. 

Contact name Graham Hertz
Contact position SEN Manager/SENCo
Contact telephone 01782 829870
Contact email
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North Road Academy is a mainstream academy; nursery, primary and secondary school. It is an independent Islamic Faith school. The school has an SEN support centre on-site that educates children with an EHCP or supports them in the main school, whichever is more appropriate.

Venue name Northroad Academy
North Road
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Northroad Academy is situated in the heart of the Muslim community.

School's extended local offer response

What kinds of SEND does the school provide for?

North Road Academy (Centre for Exceptional Children) accommodates all SEND children in line with The Equality Act 2010 and provision is available for all four areas of need as outlined in the 2014 SEND Code of Practice:

We strive to support all children from 5 to 11 to enable them to achieve their full potential as we guide them through their learning journey. The Centre is designed to meet the needs of a range of learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties and associated additional needs. 

Quality first teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their personalised learning goals.

The types of SEN the school caters for are mainly Moderate Learning Difficulties but also may include:

  • Speech, Language andCommunication
  • Learning and cognition
  • Social, Emotional, Mental Health Difficulties
  • Physical and Sensory.

Below is a glossary of the most common SEN terms.

ADD- Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD- Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder

ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder

BESD - Behavioural Emotional & Social Difficulties

HI - Hearing Impairment

MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty

PS - Physical, Sensory

SEMHD - Social, Emotional, Mental Health Difficulties

SEN - Special Educational Needs.

SEND - Special Educational Needs & Disability

SENCo - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator

SLCN - Speech, Language, Communication Needs

SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty

VI - Visual Impairment.

Polices for identifying children and young people with SEN and assessing their needs

A child has special educational needs and/or disability if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

Children may have a specific learning difficulty in one or more areas, or their needs may be more generalised. Their ability to learn at the ‘normal’ rate may also involve problems in the following categories:

  1. Speech, Language, Communication
  2. Learning, cognition
  3. Social, Emotional, Mental Health Difficulties
  4. Physical, Sensory.

There may be a variety of reasons for a child’s inability to progress, some of which we may need help from other professional agencies to deal with; it is our role as teachers to manage issues that present themselves to us in the classroom. Knowledge of a child’s background is imperative to ensure that we see the whole picture and this must be taken into account when identifying their primary need.

Communication and interaction - difficulty in communicating with others, including children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome, who may have difficulties with social interaction, language, communication and imagination.

Cognition and learning - where children may learn at a slower pace than their peers. Children may also have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties - children may display challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviours, which may reflect underlying social, emotional and mental health issues. At Emerge we will seek to recognise and identify these underlying issues through our knowledge of the child. Other children may have disorders such as attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) or attachment disorder and need external support.

Sensory and/or physical needs - where children have a disability which prevents them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided and includes children with visual impairment, hearing impairment or multi-sensory impairment. They require specialist support and/or equipment to enable them to access learning and all the opportunities that are available to their peers.

How does this setting know if their children/young person needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

'A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’ (SEND Code of Practice, 2014)

Pupils are only identified as SEN if they do not make adequate progress once they have had intervention/reasonable adjustments and good quality personalised teaching. The purpose of identification is to work out what action North Road Academy needs to take to support each child. At North Road Academy we identify the needs of pupils by considering the needs of the whole child, not just the special educational needs.

Assessment is a continual process that can identify pupils who may have special educational needs.

We measure pupils’ progress through:

  • The use of Northroad's specific tracking system to track pupil progress
  • Personalised learning plan
  • Pira/Puma assessments.
  • BPVS assessments
  • Salford Reading Tests. 
  • The use of school agreed assessments
  • The use of standardised assessments
  • Discussions amongst staff and pupil progress meetings
  • Discussions between the class teacher and SENco
  • The results of National Curriculum Tests
  • Liaison and consultation with outside agencies
  • Assessments carried out by outside agencies
  • Termly pupil passports.
  • Pupil observations.

The SENCo team consider all the information about the pupil’s progress, as well as national data, expectations of progress and the child’s views. This includes accurate assessment using standardised tests and early assessment materials. This information is then used to decide whether special educational provision is needed. At North Road Academy we may also ask for more specialised assessments from external agencies and professionals. If pupils are identified as having SEN they are placed on the Special Needs register at SEN Support with a primary need and/osecondary need.

If a child continues to show significant cause for concern, the Educational Psychology service will be involved and asked for advice. A request for statutory assessment may be made to the Local Authority (LA) and a range of written evidence about the child will support the request. The LA will then decide whether to carry out a formal assessment of the pupil and will then decide if an Education Health Care (EHC) Plan is needed to enable the child to make progress and access learning. Parent/Carers will be consulted and asked for their views throughout the assessment process.

Half termly progress meetings with North Road staff are used to explore barriers to learning and actions steps to support children facing difficulties. Any concerns are discussed with Parents/carers at an early stage so that they are involved and informed and continue to be so throughout. If concerns continue despite classroom intervention, staff will discuss next steps for the young person receiving school support, resulting in being added to the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register.  This leads to interventions that may be greater than or different from their peers.

How will the setting support my child/young person?

Children who are identified as needing extra support will have access to quality first teaching in in-line with their peers with reasonable adjustments, small group support and specific interventions if required. These are personalised towards individual needs, delivered either one-to-one or in a small group/graduated approach.  Children on School Support will have their needs identified on a Student Pen Portrait which will identify their strengths and areas of need along with specific targets and actions needed for success.  If a child has an Education Health Care Plan, they will receive additional support and specific interventions to work towards meeting the outcomes stated on their plan. 

Progress made is documented in each intervention session and overall progress is reviewed each half term by the SENCo Team. This review may mean that interventions may change in order to achieve the best outcomes for the child.

  • The school has a full-time Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo)  who also manages the SEN Centre. The SENCo will oversee children's  Education Plans and will work with staff to provide training and support to ensure the child is fully supported.
  • There will be ample opportunities for parents to meet with their child's teacher and the SENCo team to discuss their child's progress alongside 'Pupils' Voice'.

How will teaching approaches and the curriculum be matched to my child or young person's needs?

We aim to provide an inclusive, creative, child-centred curriculum that will equip children to be successful in life.  All teaching will take into account the difficulties pupils’ may face and make reasonable adjustments with personalised learning for success. Staff have high expectations of all children. Their individual targets will be carefully planned for in lessons and tools of support or strategies of support will be in place to support achievement and positive outcomes.  If a child is identified as needing School Support, the SENCo team may involve external agencies for further support.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support their learning?

At North Road Academy, the SENCo Team will have a clear idea of how each child is achieving.  All children have progress and attainment tracked through a school tracking system. This shows each child’s progress against their personal targets. Joint school/carers meetings enable parents/carers, child and staff to discuss together progress against the child’s personalised targets.  Further evidence is logged on the school’s database called Target Tracker.  The SENCo Team will baseline each child as they enter the school and completete tests each term as an additional evidence-based system.

If your child is identified as having an SEN or Disability need, they will receive additional monitoring through the use of diagnostic and standardised assessments which give more detailed information about what support your child may need.  Children with Education Health Care Plans will receive an annual review to enable all involved to be clear on progress, measured against their personalised targeted outcomes.  

An interim review can be called at any time should a child’s need change.

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

It is important to us that children feel safe and have good relationships with adults and their peers.  We aim to promote a positive view on learning. All staff very much view each child as an individual and all staff care for and nurture all children at our School. All children will be greeted positively each day and directed towards a well-being scale to ensure that all staff capture their mood and address any needs imminently to support well-being and engagement and build on positive relationships.

If a child is valued, they are more likely to succeed.

At North Road Academy all staff will:

  • Welcome all children warmly at the start of each day, on entry to school grounds and into classrooms.
  • Always identify when pupils/staff struggle to meet expectations and follow up on each incident personally.
  • Maintain consistent practice with adults establishing the same boundaries, always redirecting or encouraging children to be the best that they can be
  • Deliberately and persistently catch children doing the right thing and praise them in front of others moving the attention from those who make poor choices
  • Know their classes/ groups well and relentlessly develop positive relationships and mutual respect with all children.
  • Carry out class coaching/mentoring to teach positive behaviours daily, this may be tailored for some individual needs.
  • Communicate effectively on the individual needs of pupils, with regard to their difficulties and the strategies which work best to gain a deeper understanding of individuals.
  • Remain calm and keep their emotion for when it is most appreciated by children.
  • Demonstrate unconditional care and compassion.
  • Give the children a voice.
  • Give children a ‘fresh start’ after mistakes have been made.
  • Remind children when they make mistakes, quietly and not in public.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the setting?

At North Road Academy we have access to a number of agencies and professionals who support the school in promoting achievement for children and young people with SEN. The school receives consultation, advice and guidance from the LA’s Inclusion Services (Educational Psychology Service and SEND services) or independent services.

 The school receives additional support, where necessary, from:

  • Social Care
  • Safeguarding Board
  • Specialists in social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Hearing Impairment Service
  • Specialists in cognitive and learning difficulties
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Visual Impairment Service
  • Physical Impairment Service
  • Specialists in Autistic Spectrum disorders
  • Behaviour Support 
  • Occupational Therapists
  • School Nursing Services
  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • CAMHs
  • The SENCO team is trained by the LA and is able to identify any additional needs early as well as implementing appropriate strategies to support the child. The SENCO is also aware of which agencies to contact for further support.
  • All the above is in liaising with the parents and seeking their consent.

What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have had or are having?

The SENCo  is fully qualified and has many years of experience in education and SEN settings. He has attended various SEND training events and courses over the years and is confident in his role.  The SENCo offers regular training to staff to ensure all staff are fully aware of their responsibilities and feel confident in the support they are providing. This may be done through on-line training, courses, appraisals, lesson observations, meetings etc.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

At North Road Academy we ensure equal opportunities for all children including access to all out-of-school clubs and activities. If a member of staff notices or a pupil highlights a particular talent, he/she will be encouraged to join groups that will nurture this. Risk assessments are carried out in such cases. Staff will always aim to make reasonable adjustments to ensure inclusive practise is adhered to for all.

Staff will adapt their learning environment to ensure each child is able to access all areas of learning and activities. Where physical support is required staff will support individuals' personal needs. 

Parents will be kept fully involved in the planning process and will be invited on trips and ‘party’ days to see how their child is making progress in all areas. 

How accessible is the environment?

North Road Academy is easily accessible and has an on-site safe and secure car park. 

North Road Academy is fully wheelchair accessible, including disabled changing and toilet facilities.

Every attempt at supporting children and parents with EAL is made. There are staff on-site who can translate documents, policies, procedures etc and are also available to support and translate in meetings. 

Parents may be given the opportunity to bring a third person to any meetings carried out to translate for them should they wish to.

How will the setting prepare and support my child/young person to join the next stage of education and life?

Children and their parents/guardians/carers are invited to visit the school as part of an induction process.

This will allow parents/guardians/carers and the child are able to meet staff and their new teacher(s) and peers.  It also gives the parents/guardians/carers and the child a feel for the environment and a chance to explore the school, its grounds and classroom layout. 

When a child is ready to move onto the next stage the child will go through a transition process. Staff will pass on any Education Plans, assessment information and Progress reports to the new teacher. 

If an individual has a need around change, additional transition meetings may take place, alongside social stories to support the transition.

How are the setting's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

North Road Academy has a Centre for Exceptional Children on site. The Centre is managed by the School SENCo. 

Children of Primary age who are in receipt of an EHC Plan may access education in the purpose built SEN Centre. 

Children in the mainstream school who are identified through assessment of requiring additional support will be observed and assessed by the SENCo. This may lead to additional classroom support or Interventions being put in place to offer support to any child that has been identified as requiring additional input. 

Children with an Education Health Care Plan will have support commensurate with the outcomes stated on the plan by the local authority.  Children identified as needing School Support, in addition to that provided in class, will receive support from within the school’s budget. 

Differentiated resources will be used to best meet the needs of all learners. 

Both the main school and the SEN Centre have access to a Sensory room and a medical room should the need arise. 

How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

North Road Academy incorporates a graduated approach to learning and will provide SEN Support for children and make necessary reasonable adjustments (SEN Code of Practice 2014.) 

If the child/young person still needs further support the SENCo team will intervene and may seek advice from an Educational Psychologist or other specific need support service. It may be necessary to apply for additional funding/support through an Education Health Care Plan.

It is then at the discretion of the SENCo team to decide how available resources are deployed to best meet the needs of all learners, taking account of advice from outside agencies pupils and parents/guardians/carers' views.

How will our child and young person be involved in the decisions about their learning?

At North Road Academy our vision is to give all young people a voice and have a say in what they aspire to be or achieve.

Through each stage of any decision, it will be completely centred around the young person and their specific needs.

North Road Academy also has an open-door policy, where pupils are free to communicate with all staff.

How will we be involved in the decisions about the learning of our children and young people?

Here at North Road Academy the voice and opinions of parent/guardians/carers is very important and we aim to respond to all comments or concerns as soon as possible.

Throughout the SEN process parents/guardians/carers are asked their views and taken into account and permission is sort before actions are taken.

We believe in an open and honest approach that allows us to ensure a good outcome for the children/young people and a positive home/school relationship. 

The Centre Manager/SENCo also operates an Open Door Policy and is readily available to meet with any child and/or parents/guardians/carers should they so wish. 

How are parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

Parents will be fully involved throughout their child's time at North Road Academy.

The parent’s first point of contact would be the class teacher. Any day-to-day queries can be discussed with the teacher who could deal with these.

Should the parent not feel satisfied or require a more in-depth conversation about any worries or concerns they may have they could then make an appointment to see the Headteacher and/or SENCO to resolve these.

There are many external agencies that can also provide parents with information and advice regarding any issues they may have. These can be accessed on the Safeguarding Board website or via a staff member or the senior leadership team. 

What do I do if I want to make a complaint?

Please refer to the complaints policy on the school website. 

What other support Is available to parents and how can I contact them?

Parents are welcome to contact the class teacher, SENCo or the Head Teacher 

Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board Tel: (01782) 235100 E-mail: Web:

Special Educational Needs Assessment and Monitoring Service (SENMAS) Tel: (01782) 231863.

SEND Information, Advice & Support Service (SENDIASS) Tel: (01782) 234701 or 234847 E-mail: Web: