Special Educational Needs and Disability

The Boulevard Academy is a fully inclusive academy where everyone matters.

Our individualised approach enables the adults to meet the needs of all students ranging from cognitive support to emotional and mental health support to medical needs.

The Definition of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN/D):

Students have special educational needs if they have difficulty accessing the curriculum, temporary or more long-term, which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Students have difficulty accessing the curriculum if they:

  • Have significant difficulties in learning in comparison with the majority of children of the same age.
  • Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for the children of the same age.

Students who experience difficulty in accessing the curriculum may also have a particular gift or talent. This addressed through the Able, Gifted and Talented Provision, in addition to provisions made for their specific need.

Special Educational Provision may be triggered when students fail to achieve adequate progress, despite having had access to a differentiated programme. Parents and staff will be informed that the child has special educational needs and appropriate provision identified to meet the student’s individual need(s) will be made.

Lack of adequate progress may be indicated by:

  • Little or no progress despite the use of targeted teaching approaches and a differentiated curriculum.
  • Working at levels significantly below age expectations, particularly in Literacy or Numeracy.
  • Presenting persistent emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, which have not been managed by appropriate strategies usually employed.
  • Sensory or physical impairments that result in little progress despite the provision of appropriate aids or equipment.
  • Poor communication or interaction, requiring specific interactions and adaptions to access learning.
Discrete SEN Both SEN & Disability Disability
Mild dyslexia

Emotional Behavioural Difficulties – social factors

Mild Dyspraxia

Minor speech impairment

Mild learning difficulties

Long-term motor impairment

Learning difficulties

Hearing impairment/deaf

Visual impairment/blind


Significant dyslexia





(other factors – medical/mental health)



Cancer recovery

Mental Health issues


Eating disorders

Lack of limbs

Sickle cell anaemia

Gross obesity

Very short stature

Prior to your child arriving at The Boulevard Academy we need to have an open, honest and transparent conversation about the needs of your child. This will not stop us accepting your child but it will ensure we have everything in place in enable them to be successful and reach their potential.

As an Academy we have a statutory obligation to follow the SEND Code of Practice 0-25.
In addition our school offer is also found here.

Local Offer

As you may be aware, each local authority has set up a website – the local offer – as a means of providing information to all parents of children and young people with SEND. The local offer website was introduced as part of the SEND reforms alongside the introduction of EHCPs.

The website has information about local services, leisure activities and where to go for support and advice relating to a child’s SEND.

Ideally, the site should provide a ‘one stop shop’ for all information a parent could need about supporting their child.

The website is: hull.mylocaloffer.org

Please visit their COVID-19 specific page here: http://hull.mylocaloffer.org/s4s/WhereILive/Council?pageId=5127

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