Keir Hardie is situated at the heart of a vibrant, diverse and rapidly changing community. This presents us with both opportunities and challenges. It is our aim to provide a high-quality education to all of our pupils, whatever their ability, needs, race, home language or religion. To do this we identify and address barriers to learning and participation, thereby ensuring equality of access to all the school has to offer.

We recognise that our pupils:

  • Learn in different ways and at different rates.
  • Require different strategies for learning.
  • Bring to school their own home background and experiences.
  • Need to feel safe, secure and happy in order to make the most of learning experiences.

 We respond to these needs by:

  • Planning learning activities to engage pupils with different learning styles.
  • Providing support for children who do not make progress in line with national expectations.
  • Identifying pupils with Special Educational Needs and providing resources, support and interventions to help them learn, in partnership with specialist agencies.
  • Ensuring equal access for pupils with disabilities via an Accessibility Action Plan.
  • Teaching children to manage their behaviour and take part in learning effectively and safely.
  • Supporting individuals to manage their emotional needs such as stress, anger or bereavement.

The SEND Code of Practice        

The SEND Code of Practice became statutory in September 2014.  It gives guidance to schools and other bodies on duties, policies and procedures relating to Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014. It relates to children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabled children and young people.

Definition of Special Educational Needs

 Children have special educational needs if they have:

  • a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age; or
  • a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.



Definition of a disability

A child is disabled if he/she is blind, deaf or dumb or suffers from a mental disorder of any kind or is substantially and permanently handicapped by illness, injury or congenital deformity or such other disability as may be presented.


Categories of SEN

The SEND Code of Practice outlines the four areas of difficulty which identify a child as having a special need. These difficulties may occur singly, or in combination

The four areas are:

  • Communication and interaction (includes Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome).                             
  • Cognition and learning.
  • Social, emotional and mental health (includes behavioural difficulties and ADHD).
  • Sensory and/or physical needs.


Inclusion Quality Mark

The school has been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark, and for the second year in   succession has been awarded ‘Centre of Excellence status’

The most recent visit in March 2021

“All the staff articulated the Headteacher’s vision clearly, expressing a shared understanding of inclusion. They each explained that Keir Hardie is a school where every child matters. The Magic Habits of Motivation, Attitude, Gumption, Independence and Communication were clearly articulated by the pupils. The Headteacher has created a team where everyone feels like an integrated part of the puzzle. They all know how important they are to the overall development of every child. They look at each child’s potential and aim for them to leave as well-rounded young people. The staff inspire the pupils to succeed. Barriers to learning are identified early and individualised support is given to children who need it. This is monitored closely and the team around each child ensure that it is working and that the child is making suitable progress.”

Please click here to access he full report summary.


Our Inclusion Team

To meet our inclusion team, please click here


SEN Information Report

SEN Inclusion Policy

KH Equalities Policy

KH Equality Objectives

Accessibility Plan


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