How will SEND support operate during the period of school closure?

Any changes to local authority services will be regularly updated on the local authority website for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Further general information and advice regarding SEND can be found at Special Needs Jungle is also an excellent resource for parents for further advice There are good resources below for parents and carers below to help explain the coronavirus to more vulnerable children. Your child’s subject teachers will be available via email to answer any questions relating to classwork set through the online learning platforms.  All staff emails are available on the academy website

Message from County Lead for Speech, Language, Communication and Autism

To support children with communication and autism needs and their families during this unsettled period, the Specialist Advisory Teachers will be extending the hours of our telephone advice line from Monday 23rd March until the schools reopen.

It will be open daily between 10am and 2pm (term time) to provide advice and guidance for parents and carers. If you wish to speak to a Specialist Advisory Teacher please call 01442 453920 during these times.

Please note: We are unable to provide advice in relation to the coronavirus or the duration of school closures.

Sharon Coubray
County Lead for Speech, Language, Communication and Autism

Some top tips for this period:

1. Follow a schedule so your child can predict how the day will look and organise themselves to do some schoolwork. It is important to show this visually and cross off the daily schedule as you finish activities. This will give your day a similar structure as they would get in a school day. This can also help put boundaries on screen time. 

2. When you are giving your child screen time please try to use educational sites to help them further their learning such as: horrible histories , BBC bitesize

3. Please try to read with your child every day for at least 15 minutes. Please also try to have them read to you for at least 15 minutes.

4. Help support your child to learn to touch type Link

5. In case of school closures Twinkl ( are letting all parents and teachers have a free month of unlimited resources with code: UKTWINKLHELPS. Follow the link on

6. Try doing some cooking/baking – measurement is a key maths skill and it is a great way to keep your child doing some maths and learning real world skills. Depending on what you eating you can also talk about healthy eating skills. YouTube can be really helpful with some fun videos and recipes.

7. Try playing games such as hangman, charades (you could make them spell out the winning word in order to win), I spy with my little eye (something starting with the letter….) etc.

8. Try doing one activity a day that requires fine motor skills – colouring, cutting, painting, creating shapes or objects with playdough, putting together jigsaw puzzles

Best wishes to you and your families in these unusual times. Please see any of the links below if you would like guidance on talking with your child about the coronavirus.

Colin Gall, SENDCO at The Bushey Academy.

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The Individual Needs Department:

Mr C Gall – Assistant Principal: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator

Ms J Ricketts – Head of Transition

Mrs J Brown – Teaching Assistant

Mrs R Haywood – Teaching Assistant

Mrs F Kelly – Teaching Assistant

Mrs D Rogers – Teaching Assistant

Miss S Fallon – Teaching Assistant

Miss D Baker – Teaching Assistant

Miss E Ellis – English as an Additional Language Teacher

Our overarching aim is to raise students’ achievements and ensure that young people can lead fulfilled lives in the community after leaving school.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s access to the curriculum please email:

SEN Policy and Information Report 

S37 – Equality Policy

Information on disabilities and admissions can be found below:

S26 – Accessibility Plan


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Safe Space Mental Health Resources

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South West Herts Partnership Resources










Delivering Special Provision Locally

DSPL is a Hertfordshire-wide partnership approach where parents, staff in early years settings and schools, further education colleges, local authority officers and representatives from other agencies, work together as part of an Area Group, reviewing and developing the range of provision and support services available to their local community that :

  • Meets the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), aged 0-25, as close to home as possible.
  • Improves outcomes for well-being and attainment
  • Widens choice for children and parents/carers
  • Removes barriers to learning
  • Uses resources more effectively

DSPL on Hertfordshire Grid for Learning –

DSPL on HertsDirect –

SEND Strategy & Local Offer can be found at

Integrated Services for Learning –

Parent Network – Families In Focus

Drop In Advice Sessions, Helpline and Workshops SENSOS


Read and Write by Text Help

In school we use software called Read and Write to support students with SEN needs and English as an additional language. The software is free to download and can be accessed below:





Read&Write for Windows

Using Read&Write to Improve your work before making that final submission – Windows

Make revision easy – Using Read&Write to create revision notes – Windows

Support your writing with Read&Write – Windows

Read faster, understand more and improve your grades – Windows

Make sure that you can read and listen to all of your resources with Read&Write – Windows

Read&Write for Google Chrome

Using Read&Write to Improve your work before making that final submission – Google

Make revision easy – Using Read&Write to create revision notes – Google

Support your writing with Read&Write – Google

Read faster, understand more and improve your grades – Google

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Read&Write for Google Chrome

Read&Write for Windows


We have also simplified all the resources that are available to help students and their parents access and use Read&Write: – gives all the information on downloading and installing any of our products – gives all the information for a student to get Read&Write and how to use it.

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