Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Clyst Heath is a maintained local authority school.  Approximately 12% of pupils registered on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register as requiring SEN support.


In respect of the Code of Practice (CoP) for SEN, the local authority has a duty to publish arrangements for SEN support in schools.


This is called the Local Offer and includes information about the provision that can be expected for children and young people 0-25 with SEN across education, health and social care.

Follow the link below to view the Devon Offer:



What is Learning in our School?

The quality of learning and teaching that takes place in our school is of the highest priority.

As a whole school staff, we have drawn upon the research of the experts, combined it with our own unique knowledge and experiences and produced a Learning Charter, which is specific to our school.


At Clyst Heath we believe that learning is fun!

In addition we believe that children are likely to learn successfully if:

  • Learning is broken down into manageable chunks and extends knowledge, skills and understanding
  • It builds upon what children already know
  • It is contextually relevant
  • Opportunities are given to celebrate achievements
  • It incorporates a variety of learning activities
  • Rigour and challenge is provided
  • High levels of self esteem are promoted
  • They feel safe and supported
  • They work in a stimulating environment
  • There are high levels of motivation, interest and reflection
  • They understand how to take responsibility for their own learning
  • Basic needs are being met
  • The learning has a sense of purpose
  • All pupils are treated equally no matter what their individual need


In respect of children’s learning at Clyst Heath we will always:

  • Give children opportunities to apply what they already know in order to learn something new
  • Give children a range of learning experiences to meet a variety of different needs
  • Encourage children to reflect, demonstrate, consolidate and celebrate their learning
  • Provide a safe environment where there is a good deal of praise and encouragement and where high levels of self esteem are promoted
  • Involve children in the learning process
  • Motivate the children by providing rigour and challenge
  • Assist children to develop lively and enquiring minds
  • Make the learning fun
  • Encourage children to make a commitment to their own learning


At Clyst Heath we want children to take responsibility for their own learning by:

  • Promoting levels of independence
  • Providing a supportive learning environment
  • Providing opportunities for children to talk about their learning
  • Sharing explicit learning objectives
  • Supporting children to identify the next steps in their learning
  • Providing time for reflection, practice and consolidation
  • Encouraging children to ask higher order questions to deepen their own learning
  • Providing opportunities for children to make appropriate choices regarding their learning
  • Encouraging children to extend learning beyond the school