SEN & Vulnerable Students

Welcome to the Martin High School SEND Department.

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs & Disability and our job is to help any pupils who need support to learn. It may involve helping you keep up in lessons, teaching reading and writing skills, helping you to spell better, or supporting you to make and keep friends.

We believe that Every student, regardless of background, should have access to an exciting curriculum offer, and the opportunity to make outstanding progress from their starting points. It is our vision that we strive to enrich the lives of young people in order to help them grow into confident, well-rounded citizens who play an active part in school life and the wider community. Through the 4Rs we want to develop active and independent learners who can take ownership of their educational journey, as well as feel ready to one day enter the wider-world.


The school definition for SEN and for disability comes from the SEND Code of Practice (2014). This states that a child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England.

The best available evidence indicates that great teaching is the most important lever schools have to improve student progress and attainment. Ensuring every teacher is supported in delivering high-quality teaching is essential to achieving the best outcomes for all students, particularly the most disadvantaged among them. Robust high expectations with effective scaffolding, cognitive and metacognitive approaches to learning in all classrooms is the core of the school offer. But occasionally a little more support is required and starts within the classroom setting. Well designed and data driven in-lesson intervention that uses on-going assessment including retrieval practice is the next stage of support. Interventions are SMART and reviewed regularly. Strategies like flexible groupings, allocated seating, instant feedback and live marking have shown positive impact on progress within our classrooms. 

An experienced Teaching Assistant team provide in-class support for students who are most vulnerable, and work collaboratively with teachers to support students to make progress in their learning. As a school we collaborate with Special Educational Needs authorities at Leicester County Council and Leicester City Council as well as a wide range of specialist services so that students who have been formally diagnosed with medical or SEN needs receive the support they need from professional bodies in order to flourish.


Does your child have a Special Educational Need or you feel they require some extra support? You can access advice and discuss your child's current provision by:

    • Calling the school and asking to speak to Emma Rudkin or Kevin Seaward
    • Emailing the assistant SENCo: [email protected] 


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The Leicestershire SEND Local Offer - visit their website
Local offer for Leicester and Leicestershire - information video

Important INformation
The SEN/SALCO Policy can be found on the Polices Page here
Local Offer
Letter for Parents on SEN Reforms (written by the DFE)