What is the Special Educational Needs (SEN) information report?

The SEN information report details the provision that The City Academy, Hackney offers to students with special education and disability needs. To find out more about the new SEND code of practice, please refer to the SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years on the Department for Education website. To find out about the Hackney local offer, visit the SEND pages on the Hackney Learning Trust website.

SEN information report 2016/17

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. At The City Academy, Hackney we are committed to identifying and meeting the needs of all students in order to allow them to arrive at and even exceed their potential. Our school building is fully accessible for disabled students. We have lift access and disabled toilets on all floors. Our SEND and equalities policies can be found on our website and any queries can be directed to our Head of Learning (SENCO) and Assistant Principal, Director of Learning, Dawn Woodcock: dawn.woodcock@thecityacademy.org, our Faculty of Learning Systems Leader: Guven Akkir guven.akkir@thecityacademy.org,  or Classroom Support Leader, Selin Saban: selin.saban@thecityacademy.org.

Total number of students on roll 1087
Number of EHC students 36
Number of students identified as SEN Support 290

Provision for students with special education needs and disabilities

We believe that the most important factor in ensuring academic and personal success is outstanding classroom teaching. We practice a rigorous ‘Plan, Assess, Do, Review’ approach which clearly identifies students who require academic or social, emotional and well-being support and interventions. We review the progress of all students with SEND five times a year in collaboration with parents/carers and also external agencies during annual reviews. We are committed to working with all families and the community to support our students. If a student with SEND is not making their expected progress we offer targeted intervention and whole-school initiatives including (but not limited to):

Academic support and interventions

  • Lexia (Phonics programme to improve reading ability)
  • Phonics (small group)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • 1:1 Literacy or numeracy intervention
  • Support from Teaching Assistants in lessons
  • Homework support in Additional Studies
  • Access to a laptop computer during lessons
  • Small teaching groups for English, Maths and Science

Social, emotional and well-being support and interventions

  • Counselling
  • Behaviour mentoring
  • Interact lunchtime club
  • Key Stage 5 transition


Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Report