At King Edward VI Handsworth School, we endeavour to meet the needs of all students, including those who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as far as is compatible with the efficient use of school resources.

We believe that every child matters and we work to the best of our ability to ensure that all barriers are lifted for students with SEND, so they can achieve their fullest potential and access the curriculum with ease; we believe that students with SEND are entitled to this provision. We work collaboratively in our setting, between the SEND and Pastoral teams and all teachers, to provide Quality First Teaching within the classroom and fully embrace the fact that every teacher is a teacher of SEND.  This work includes the implementation of various strategies which provide differentiation. We pride ourselves on getting to know our students well, so that we can fully understand what they need to be equipped with, in order to access the broader curriculum and make the appropriate reasonable adjustments required.  We value the importance of building strong relationships between our families, and strongly believe that, in working in close partnership, we are able to provide a comprehensive and effective graduated approach to students’ learning. Maintaining healthy communication between all stakeholders is key to our way of working.

At King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, the SENCo works in synergy with external agencies, to gain the best advice for students and to ensure the right support is provided for our students with SEND. This work is completed with the: Communication & Autism Team, The Educational Psychologist ADHD Team, Forward Thinking Birmingham, Occupational Therapist and Pupil School & Support. This network of professionals is linked to our school and provides the best service for what is needed for individual students. We have access to Speech and Language Therapy which provides support for students with stammers and difficulties with understanding and accessing language. The combined effect of the work we do, is invaluable for our students and their families.

We work with students who have Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD, along with medical needs and disabilities, as well as social, emotional and mental health needs. The Learning Hub is a quiet and calm space that our students are able to access when they need to; if they are experiencing sensory overload, or if they feeling overwhelmed within the school day. The space is also available during unstructured social times, for students to socialise with their peers, play games, or simply decompress. The SEND Team currently comprises of the SENCo and one Teaching Assistant. We endeavour to aid our students who experience emotional stress in the most sensitive and supportive way possible; we listen carefully to what they have to say and liaise with parents and guardians, and help students to work their way through difficult periods.  Although we manage the needs of our students effectively, we call upon outside professionals when we need additional support. We use various tools for the identification of learning difficulties and baseline test our Year 7 students upon entry to the school, offer additional transition support to secure an effective start to secondary education and track and monitor academic progress for students with SEND. Our aim is to help students develop into confident and able learners who are prepared for adulthood; we embrace our school motto and encourage the love of learning, by providing excellence for all. This is done via promoting our students to take on roles of responsibilities within our setting.

For more information on Special Educational Needs and Disability can be found in the school offer on the website within the admissions section.

Please find the Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy in our statutory information section on the website.

Cognition and Learning:

Strategies and activities to support reading, writing and vocabulary:

Strategies and activities to support Maths:

Free Webinars for Parents by the British Dyslexia Association:

Touch Type Read and Spell ( purchase required):

Barrington Stoke Dictionary (purchase required):

My Study Bar:

Reading Text Aloud using Google:

How to make Google Docs read text aloud to you

  1. Open your Google Doc.
  2. Click “Tools” in the top toolbar.
  3. Select “Accessibility settings.”
  4. Tick the box next to “Turn on Screen Reader Support” and then click “OK.” You should now see a new section appear in your top toolbar called “Accessibility.”

Communication and Autism:

Supporting your autistic child at home:


Visual timetables (the first few examples are for younger children, but the morning tick list is useful)


Autism and Anxiety:

Anxiety in Autism guide (download pdf at the bottom of the article)




Social, Emotional, Mental Health and Well Being:

Cerebra – Sleep Advice Service:

Kooth Mental Wellbeing Community:
Kooth COVID-19 Response

Mind Coronavirus Support for Young People:

Young Minds Crisis Messenger: 
Also see the Young Minds general website for useful blogs and articles.

ADHD Foundation Parent Area:

Educational Psychologist Support: