SEN Accessibility

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The Special Needs and Disability (SEND) department at Dean Trust Wigan aim to create a caring, secure, stimulating and flexible learning environment, which aims to ensure that every child has an equal right to reach their full potential socially, physically and intellectually.

Our guiding principle is one of inclusion. We strive to identify and break down all possible barriers to learning to ensure that all students have access to a broad, balanced curriculum which is differentiated to meet their needs and abilities. We also make every effort to prepare our students for adulthood through the teaching of skills and attitudes which will enable them to participate fully in society and give them the foundations to become lifelong learners.

We have an excellent team of trained and dedicated teaching assistants who support our young people across the curriculum, offering guidance and ensuring that all student’s needs are met.

In keeping with the ethos of the school and the foundations underpinning the SEND policy, our aims and principles are:

  • To identify and assess SEND at the earliest opportunity through baseline assessments and careful ongoing assessment and monitoring of all students.
  • To monitor the effectiveness of interventions through clear ongoing assessment procedures and record keeping.
  • To involve students with SEND in all aspects of school life.
  • To provide appropriate training for staff so that policy and the accompanying procedures and strategies can be implemented with maximum effect.
  • To differentiate work carefully so that, wherever possible, students can be supported in the classroom with their peers and students will enjoy ongoing access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To establish and maintain good systems of communication between professionals from outside agencies, teachers, teaching assistants and other staff members.
  • To take a collaborative approach to students’ needs. Where a student has an individual education plan we will always discuss this with the student in an appropriate way, make the objectives of the plan clear and take the student’s views into account. We also encourage parents to be actively involved in supporting their child and bring in external professionals where appropriate.

Click here to view the 2022/2023 SEND Information Report

Click here to view our SEND Policy. 

Click here to view our Accessibility Plan.

Click here for SEND Useful Websites and Resources 

The Wigan SEND Local Offer

The Wigan SEND Local Offer is all the provision that is expected to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people in Wigan Borough who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Click here to view the Wigan Local Offer Statement


English as a Second Language

All EAL pupils will be supported to access the curriculum at Dean Trust Wigan. EAL pupils joining the school will be assessed to determine the level of support needed, this may include withdrawal from some lessons to support with progress. Dean Trust Wigan utilise the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) who help to train staff and share a wealth of specialist resources. EMAS also provide specialist one to one teaching for pupils who need targeted support to develop their English language speaking and listening skills.


Queries/ complaints regarding SEND Provision

Should you have a query or would like to discuss any issues that you may have regarding SEND provision at Dean Trust Wigan please contact the SENDco or the Inclusion Co-ordinator Miss K Monahan in the first instance. Should you wish to make a complaint please follow the school complaints procedure, details of which can be found by clicking here. Policies

If you require further information with regards to the SEND department then please contact the school on 01942 511987 and ask to speak to either the Inclusion Co-ordinator Miss Monahan

Alternatively you can contact them by email:

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