SEND: Children with special educational needs and disabilities

Welcome back to school

A new term starts and brings fresh hope and new beginnings.  We are all looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday and supporting you as your learning journey begins.  For some this is their final year and we will be working on college applications, next steps and plans for the next chapter, for others we will be looking at options for GCSEs and the very beginning of their time at THS. Whatever the path your child/children are on, we will be working with them and yourselves.

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Our Sanctuary Club will be open at break and lunch times and cold food can be eaten in there.  Hot food will need to be eaten in the refectory but can be done through the calm zone.  Please do familiarise yourselves and your child/children with the school uniform policy as well as the mobile phone policy.  If you or your family have any questions please do not hesitate to make contact – we aim to respond to all forms of contact within 48 hours unless in an emergency.  Staff may not always be available to respond if they are working with the young people or in meetings.

All meetings need to be pre-arranged, where possible, to enable staff to attend and for information to be collated.

Mrs T Mayes and team

Download SEND Information Report 2022/2023 >

School SEND information

School SEND information

Muster points for the Support Centre in the event of an emergency such as a fire alarm. This short video shows where to go to find your muster point.



A twohour webinar for NEURODIVE..

Parents and professionals supporting children and young people with attention differences. The webinar will cover: * Understanding attention as a cognitive process and how it can differ in Neurodivergent people. * The challenges having attention differences can have and the distressed behaviours it can lead to.

* Supportive approaches and adjustments.

* Long term planning and creating positive environments and interactions.

Ticket £8.00 from Eventbrite.

You can access All Neurodive’s upcoming webinars and online events this winter. By clicking on the link below:


Time for You

Supportive Zoom groups for Mums of children with additional needs

In these small, friendly groups we use words, images and coaching tools to find new ways to look at ourselves and our situations. It’s a place to be with others who ‘get it and a chance to build a toolkit to help you to navigate life’s ups and downs

Supportive: “It’s not like other zooms, we feel close to each other”

Positive: “I can be myself and that leaves me feeling better.” “Sharing stuff with people who get it makes me feel Im not alone.” 

Burnout Avoidance: “I can’t usually get 5 minutes to myself, Having this time has been so healing.” “It’s a chance to stop your mind racing, use self-compassion and avoid burnout.” 

Creative Solutions:  “Because my mindset is different I feel I can cope with things better now.” 

To book a space,

For mums of children with additional needs in Devon – FREE 11 week Zoom group. Fri 9.30am – 11.30am from 14th Jan Booking essential Priority if on benefits, please contact or visit facebook @mums4achange 

Run by: Jo Bal, a life and career coach trainer, mum of two, with an Arts Therapy background. Supported by Clare Gate, a trained counselor who has a son with complex medical needs.

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Is your child’s EHC plan review Advice and Support around the corner?

Do you want to know more about what happens and what you need to do? DiAS have information about the whole EHC review process on their website. Based on the questions that parents ask them, the EHC reviews webpage includes lots of tips and helpful strategies to help the process run smoothly and effectively. That includes information about: – what should be reviewed and how long things should take – the review meeting and how to prepare for it – what your roles is, and how your child or young person can take part – the decisions that can be made during the review and what they mean. – what to do if you disagree with decisions To find out more visit the DIAS website by clicking : Here 


Kidscape Advice and support for parents and carers. Kidscape offer Kidscape friendly, impartial, nonjudgemental information, advice and support to parents, carers and family members who are concerned about their child or young person being involved in a bullying situation.

Parent Advice Line 

9.30am 2.30pm every Monday and Tuesday 

020 7823 5430 


* This year’s pantomime will be Aladdin and will run from 17th December 2021 15th January 2022.

The Theatre offer a range of Access Performances including:

Audio Described: Thursday 6th January 2022, 2.30pm & Friday 14th January 2022, 7pm

Captioned: Fri 07 Jan 2022, 7pm & Wed 12 Jan 2022, 2.30pm

Relaxed Performance: Thursday 13th January 2022, 12.30pm (inc. Audio Description & BSL Interpreted)

BSL Interpreted: Saturday 15th January 2022, 1pm To book and find out more click: Here

Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) and Dyslexia Support

Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) & Dyslexia Support 

This Facebook page offers a wide range of information.


Hypermobility and handwriting in children & Adults 

The reason why hypermobility has an impact at school is that this child has to hold an object tighter than another to be able to control their hand movements. If you imagine asking a child with hypermobility to write their name and address. This child may tire quicker because the muscles in their hand are working harder to hold the pencil. They may even say their hand is hurting. This child’s muscles may also be working harder to keep them in an upright sitting position. Sometimes children with hypermobility need to fidget to prevent their joints from feeling stiff or painful.

You can learn more about hypermobility on the NHS website. hypermobility-syndrome/

To view archive Snippets, go to the Children and Family Health Devon Signpost Plus webpage

On offer are a variety of additional information sheets, hints and tips. For more details go to:

Alternative Education Providers

Information and resources

Here at The Hope Farm Project, we believe that working with plants and animals in the Great Outdoors offers massive benefits to people of all ages, both mentally and physically.

​Our farm site is located at a beautiful spot in Halberton, near Tiverton. We offer a range of activities, centred largely around managing the land and our livestock to produce healthy, ethical food.

​We are keen to work with local people of any age – particularly those with a defined need. These may be children or young people struggling in education.

An intuitive 1:1 provision for young people in Devon who will benefit from fluid, bespoke and adaptive support. Offering enabling, outreach transition and alternative education.

Inspire Southwest is a Community Interest Company specialising in working with young people and families to achieve lasting change. We reframe their circumstances, identify and develop transferable skills and build resilience. Young people and their families are subsequently more informed and equipped to overcoming barriers to change and to work towards achievable goals. We build the team around the young person and the family, working with schools and other agencies to raise aspirations, attainment and ultimately improve wellbeing.

We work with our young people in the community, at our Devon Farm or in a dedicated Devon Pathways native woodland area. DevonPathways believe that all young people have potential and given support can find a pathway that enable them to fulfil their ambitions. Adverse experiences can lead to a negative perception of themselves, professionals and learning environments. By providing young people with a positive professional relationship, identifying what works and how to do it more, DevonPathways will enable young people to grow self-confidence and resilience and be focused on a positive future.

Founded in January 2016 by Nikki Buckler SWIS’ mission statement ‘believe, achieve, succeed’ is embedded in the support we offer.

SWIS are a dedicated team of professionals who have a wealth of experience supporting children, young people and their families.

Intervention programmes

  • ​Re-engaging children who are vulnerable, depressed or anxious
  • Strengthening children’s ability to manage their behaviour
  • Equipping children to improve their academic achievements and ensure that the interventions support their English, Maths and Science attainment
  • Supporting children who are struggling with their family circumstances
  • Improving children’s psychological and emotional well-being
  • Helping families to support their children in school and the community
  • Enhancing teachers’ ability to manage and support struggling students
  • Minimising the impact of children with conduct problems on their peers
  • Enabling and respite support – our staff are experienced in supporting children and young people living with disabilities

Students can access Petroc Tiverton Campus for Careers Skills and Bespoke Learning Plans.

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We are an established, Devon based charity with a track record of successful youth work support and intervention. Space Education Support Service is a team of professional youth workers and teachers offering a three-way working partnership that focuses on the young person at the core. We deliver a unique, youth work educational support service in primary (year 5 plus) and secondary schools, aimed at helping to develop and improve educational access and outcomes for young people. We work with young people in groups and on a 1:1 basis.
We work with young people who are
  • Disengaged or vulnerable
  • Highly anxious
  • Behaviourally challenging
  • School refusers
  • Struggling with their identity
  • At risk online
  • At risk of exploitation
  • Making poor choices
  • At risk of exclusion

Hair at the Academy offer successful Intervention Programmes

  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty
  • Barbering
  • Mental health awareness
  • Customer service
  • FS maths and English

Download the offer document here (PDF)

Download the “Who we are” document here (PDF)

Download the “Meet the team” document here (PDF)

Useful Emergency Contact Numbers:

NHS Helpline: 111 Use 999 if a medical emergency.

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, if you are concerned about your own safety or that of a child or young person: 0345 155 1071

National Domestic Abuse Helpline (Devon): 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) Use 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis. If you need urgent help text YM to 85258

Samaritans (24 hours): 116 123 

Citizens Advice Bureau National Helpline: 03444 111 444 


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This document will help with your transition to Tiverton High School from primary school.

Transition photo book of the school

SEND home learning

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Local Offer

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SEND Support

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