Thomas Middlecott Academy
Thomas Middlecott Academy@TMAkirton

Special Educational Needs

Thomas Middlecott Academy values the individuality of all our students. We are committed to giving all students every opportunity to achieve the highest of standards.

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Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. According to the Code of Practice (2015):

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority

(c) are under compulsory school age and fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.

Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.

Special educational provision means:

(a) for children of two or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LEA, other than special schools, in the area

(b) for children under two, educational provision of any kind


At TMA we support and offer help to all children, whether they have SEN&D or not.  However, if they require support additional to the quality first teaching provided by the teaching staff and in class support, then they may be part of our special educational needs and/or disabilities register.

Bespoke support is tailored to meet the needs of each individual child on the register, and once they have become a successful learner they may be removed from the register.

If your child is receiving SEN&D support, then we create individual education plans (IEPs) with you as the parent/carer, your child and ourselves.  Progress against targets set are regularly assessed, reviewed and adapted to continue to meet the needs of your child. 

IEP meetings are held three times a year (one of these may be a parent’s evening)


Further information about how we support SEN&D at Thomas Middlecott Academy can be found in the documents box.


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – Mrs Helen Quince


Below are links to various websites they be of further help to you with regards to supporting your child.

Family Services directory

Information, Advice and Support Services Network

4All – Lincolnshire’s Newsletters for families with children or young people with disabilities

The Council For Disabled Children

Preparing for Adulthood

National Autistic Society

The Communication Trust

The Dyslexia SpLD Trust

Epilepsy Action

Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Action On Hearing Loss

Community Health services

School Nurse Team

Young Minds – Mental Health Support