Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Welcome to our SEND Department

Copthall is committed to educational opportunity and inclusion. All students, whatever their age, ethnicity, attainment and social background have equal access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which ensures maximum progress and continuity.

It is the work of the SEND department to ensure that the needs of our students are met through Quality First Teaching and then the support and provisions that we put in place. The SEND Information Report outlines the details of how we achieve this, and is available for download below.

Copthall 20 9854x The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is Ms Jeffrey. She is responsible for liaising with all staff in the school about all aspects of special educational needs and disability as well as liaising extensively with outside agencies and families. 

Description of the Department

Ms Jeffrey may be contacted via email on  Our team of 7 includes a SEN Practitioner as well as five  Teaching Assistants.

Together we form a very dedicated team that manages and supports students with a wide variety of needs and abilities. We use a range of assessment materials including CTOPP2 (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing) and LUCID Exact to identify needs, track progress and inform any interventions where necessary. Support is then allocated in-class and/or in small withdrawal groups and information and strategies are shared with subject teachers. Students are allocated support in a prioritised and structured manner.

Aims and Expectations

The educational aims for students with special needs are the same as those for all students. We understand that our students present with sometimes very substantial and complex barriers to learning and that young people develop at different rates. It is imperative that all students have the support required.

The SEND Code of Practice is fully implemented and our SEND Policy has been revised to reflect the best principles of inclusive practice encompassing the five strands of Every Child Matters. Listening to our students is an essential and valuable part of how we achieve this.

We consider the families of our students to be a fundamental part of their education and development. Consequently, the department holds termly SEND Review Days for students and their parents. We also work closely with a number of agencies who can provide support to our families as well as our students such as the Autism Advisory Team and the Downs Syndrome Association.


In support of the development of our students we have participated in a number of enrichment activities in school and out of school. These have included participating in a Reading Buddy project with a primary school, having visitors from different religious groups, visiting the cinema, the Science Museum, the Old Orchard in Hampstead Heath as well visiting places of worship such as the temple in Neasden.

We believe that in keeping with our school values, we must provide a platform for our students’ lives to be enhanced and their horizons broadened.

Ms  S A Jeffrey

If you are concerned that your child may be having difficulties with learning, please discuss with your child's Director of Learning in the first instance and complete the following referral form.

Barnet Mencap are running a series of workshops for parents of children with additional needs. These will all take place virtually, through Zoom. There are 3 Time to Talk workshops on different themes coming up across April and May:

  • Monday 26 April: Time to Talk: Coming out of Lockdown
  • Monday 10 May: Time to Talk about ADHD
  • Monday 24 May: Time to Talk: How are you?

All workshops will take place 7.15pm to 8.15pm on Zoom and be led by Jenny Melling, one of the IAG Advisors.

There are 2 Family Links nurturing programmes beginning in April:

The course for parents of children with learning disabilities or autism will begin on Zoom at 10am to 12 noon on Tuesday 27 April 2021, and take place on following Wednesdays for 10 weeks, finishing on 6 July. There won't be a session on 1 June as this is half term. 

The course for parents of children with ADHD will begin on Zoom at 10am to 12 noon on Wednesday 28 April 2021, and take place on following Wednesdays for 10 weeks, finishing on 7 July. There won't be a session on 2 June as this is half term. 

If you would like to book, or have any questions about any of the workshops or parenting programmes, please reply to and make it clear which session(/s) you’d like to book. Once confirmed, you will be sent out the Zoom joining details.

Subject Documents Date  
SEND Information Report 10th Jun 2020 Download
Ordinarily Available Support from Schools (664) 14th Jul 2020 Download
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