“Inclusion is everyone all the time, learning together, learning for all”

We hope this page will be helpful and answer most of your queries about how The Bulwell Academy supports the learning of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D). Please click on the boxes below for more information.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact us. Please also view further links to the right of page.

What can we offer your child? (The Bulwell Academy Offer)

At The Bulwell Academy we believe that all young people are entitled to be included so that they may learn, and develop alongside each other within their local community. Parents should have confidence that their child’s needs are fully met throughout their education at the Academy.

All young people, whatever their needs, should have access to a supportive learning environment and an appropriate curriculum, with teaching strategies that maximise achievement and enable progress by removing barriers to learning and providing a wide range of learning opportunities to engage, stimulate and challenge.


The Academy will proactively seek to ensure that provision for children with special educational needs is a matter for the academy as a whole. All members of staff have important day to day responsibilities to:

Ensure that teachers in the Academy are aware of or able to identify and provide for those students who have special educational needs.

Include students with SEN/D so far as is reasonably practical within the subject material.

The Academy seeks to ensure that every teacher is a teacher of every young person including those with SEN/D. It is the aim of the Academy to provide support in a fully inclusive manner to ensure:

There is a high quality provision for students with SEN/D

All students with Special Educational Needs are identified and assessed

SEN resources are allocated efficiently and fairly

All students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum

All staff are kept informed of SEN/D assessments and support strategies

All staff receive appropriate training and support in teaching students with SEN/D

The Academy works in partnership with students, parents/carers and external agencies to provide the best possible outcomes for students with SEN/D.

This means that students with SEN/D will take part in lessons in their classroom with their peers. This may be in small groups including the ‘Nurture’ groups or within individual support interventions where appropriate.

Your Child’s Progress

Parents are provided with regular progress updates six times per year. After each update, parents are very welcome to discuss their child’s progress with the Inclusion Team.

When setting targets for your child, we use Key Stage 2 results for English and Maths or the average of other subjects studied in their previous school.

Students are expected to make a minimum of three levels progress during their time in secondary education. We then use this data to set targets for our students.

Any student that joins the Academy with a 4a or above, or an average of 4a or above, is set a more challenging target that equates to four levels progress.

Parental Involvement

We encourage parents to work with us to ensure that their child has a positive and rewarding learning experience. Parents are invited to attend:

Parents Evenings

Inclusion parental participation group meetings

Regular progress updates (six times per year)

Awards assemblies (three times per year)

If your child is identified as having Special Educational Needs/Disabilities or has an Education Health Care Plan you will be invited to regular Person-Centred Reviews.

Moving up to Secondary School

We want to ensure that your child has a happy transition to The Bulwell Academy, and our work begins long before the start of term in September.


We make initial contact with SEN Co-ordinators in Primary Schools to arrange a meeting to identify the potential needs of students who we know will be coming to The Bulwell Academy.

February – June:

We identify and observe students who may require additional support during the transition period. An assessment of needs is established and a bespoke plan is prepared for each student.

We host a Meet the Team coffee morning for parents and organise tours of the academy for identified students with their parents.

June – September:

The team plan activities for the Common Transition Day.

We assess information received to ensure relevant interventions are in place, including (if appropriate) assignment to the Nurture Group.

Starting at The Bulwell Academy (the first few months in the Academy):

We regularly monitor and assess students’ performance and progress.

We identify students who are at risk of not progressing and review/adjust interventions.

We organise a Parents Review evening.

Who we work with (outside Agencies)

We work with a range of outside agencies including education, health and social care professionals. These are identified where appropriate from our Academy panel or, if your child is identified as having a Special Educational Needs/Disability Support or is in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan, these will be identified following a Person-Centred Review.

Educational Psychologists
ASD Team
BST Team
Learning Support Team
Physical and Sensory Team
Young Persons Panel
Nottingham Tutorial College (Pump it up)
Engage (Girls Group)
Streetwise (Skill Force)
Explore Families

Inclusion & Special Educational Needs / Disabilities (SEN/D) Policy

The Bulwell Academy has recently updated the SEN/D Policy to meet the requirements of the new Children & Families Act. The Policy is available to view by clicking the following link: SEN/D Policy.

The Bulwell Academy SEN/D Policy and Offer is fully compliant with the Nottingham City Council’s SEN/D Code of Practice. For further information please visit their website. Click here

Inclusion Team

The Inclusion Team is led by Mrs C Wallis, Vice Principal for Inclusion, SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).

Email the Inclusion Team: