Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

The objectives of Durham Johnston’s SEND provision are to:

  • Maintain and develop an inclusive ethos in which every student can grow to personal fulfilment and realise their full potential and character
  • Ensure access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all students
  • Identify students with significant additional needs and disabilities and to implement appropriate programmes/strategies to meet those needs as far as resources will allow
  • Make suitable provision for all students with SEN through quality classroom provision
  • Raise the self-esteem of students with additional needs and disabilities and to assist them to be autonomous learners
  • Work with students to develop their independence
  • Work in partnership with parents
  • Create an environment where school, parents/carers and outside agencies work together for the benefit of SEND students
  • Upskill teaching staff in curriculum areas
  • Contribute to happiness and wellbeing in all areas of school life
  • Ensure teaching and support staff are equipped to meet the needs of SEND students
  • Raise awareness of all staff of the strengths and needs of students with SEND
  • Contact and work with outside agencies who may be involved with the students
  • Provide staff training and information on a number of issues relevant to students with SEN
  • Provide opportunities for students with SEN to learn and to progress and to have their progress assessed and celebrated



We aim to support our students with SEND and their parents and carers so that they can achieve their potential and increase their life chances.

Provision and support exists throughout the school for students with special educational needs and disabilities. The kinds of SEND for which provision is made include:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Achondroplasia
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia Dyspraxia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties

SEND provision is an integral part of our overall school provision. Teachers use the SEND data we collect from primary schools and our own information and assessments to plan lessons and differentiate provision for students with SEND. Sometimes, the provision may be in the form of extra classes, specifically designed extension opportunities, specific support or self-supported study, literacy enhancement programmes, one to one tuition or mentoring.

We aim to be quick at identifying under-achievement and addressing it at individual or group level. Likewise, we sometimes offer in-class support with a team of highly dedicated Learning Support Assistants.

We are an inclusive school and have students with a range of SEND in our year groups. The Learning Support Team support students across the 11 – 18 age range, working closely with other departments to personalise their learning and maximise learning opportunities. The department policy reflects current best practice in line with the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and other relevant legislation.