Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Oasis Academy Silvertown is committed to helping all students to flourish regardless of their specific needs. We believe that every person matters and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that every student realises their potential. If your child has specific needs that you would like to discuss in further detail please contact the Academy.

We believe in a culture of "same expectations, same aspirations".  Therefore, our SEND students receive quality first teaching that is focused on improving their academic performance.

Aims of the SEND Department

The SEND department operates a ‘Policy for Including Students with Special Educational Needs’ as agreed with the whole staff of Oasis Academy Silvertown.  This policy is concerned with students with special educational needs as defined by the Education Act of 1981:

“A child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.  He or she has learning difficulty if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty than the majority of children of his or her age or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities generally provided in schools within the area”

The SEND department recognises that around 20% of children will have special needs at some point in their school career, but not all these needs are permanent and some may change.  Included in this 20% are students with statements of special educational needs (approximately 2%) or Educational Health Care Plan and the majority of students with special needs who do not have a statement of SEN.  The difficulties experienced may be in learning, literacy or numeracy, they may be emotional or behavioural, some are in communication and others relate to physical impairment.

Through the process of producing a whole school policy for ‘Including students with Special Educational Needs’, the staff of Oasis Silvertown are committed to facilitating partial or full inclusion of children with a physical disability or learning or behaviour difficulties whenever the school is able to meet their needs.  The process of inclusion relies on the involvements of Specialist School staff, as well as Learning Support Assistants together with the SEN teaching team, to be effective.

Students with special needs are assessed and identified by the SEN Teaching Team.  Their names are recorded on the SEN register with a code for the nature of difficulty and a stage in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice (October 2000) as appropriate. 

“The goals are the same for all children, but the help they receive in attaining these goals will be different”.

(Klaus Wedell – “The Implications of the National Curriculum” June 1989).


The teaching of students with SEN happens throughout the school and across the curriculum. However there is 1 designated SEN room.

Support for Families

Families of students with disabilities or a serious illness can apply for financial support through the Family Fund here


Parents of children with SEND who have a complaint about the support provided by the academy should contact Miss Dolly Smith, SENCo, in the fist instance so any issues can be resolved swiftly. If the issue is not resolved, parents should follow the complaints procedure here.

Who can I contact with any questions about the Special Educational Needs offer at Silvertown?

Our Inclusion Lead and SENCo is Miss Dolly Smith.