Special Education Needs (SEND)

SEND at De Bohun

Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives. (SEN Code of Practise 2015)

Here at De Bohun we value every child and welcome children with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). Our inclusive approach to learning ensures all children are provided with opportunities to be challenged at a level that is appropriate for them. We identify children who need further support or additional resources through our regular Enhancing Outcomes Meetings, where the SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher meet with the class teacher. These meetings also allow for discussions around support, updates on the children’s progress and next steps. In the first instance, all children with SEND are catered for through quality first teaching. Once identified, we carefully monitor children with specific needs by setting up a ‘target passport’ (Individual Education Plan). These are reviewed termly with parents, the class teacher and SENCo. Children who have EHCP are supported in a small group in the mainstream class, led by a teacher. Each child with a Special Educational Need or Disability is valued and their needs and learning styles are a core part of their bespoke planning and learning journey.

The school has been awarded Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence criteria and as a result the school has achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark Award. We are also working towards an Autism Accreditation mark through the National Autistic Society.

Complex ASD Provision

We also have a specialised provision for children with complex ASD. Our Sunshine room caters for children for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from reception through to year 6. Children are supported by a specialist teacher and practitioners who are committed to improving the outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Staff expertise enables children to develop the skills they require to begin their educational journey.  Our aim is to equip the children, giving them a solid grounding that will allow each child to independently navigate through life as they grow up and prepare for adulthood. The children are at the forefront of our thinking and therefore we have designed a curriculum and assessment framework around their needs.  This puts the child at the centre to ensure a holistic approach in their learning at all times, so they are receiving the education they require and deserve. Each topic is designed to be meaningful and relatable to each individual child, with core life skills and key academic lessons woven into this immersive curriculum.  This ensures that the children have the opportunity to engage in learning throughout their school day. This provision is separate from the mainstream school and allows for a more bespoke, learning experience tailored to meet their complex ASD needs.

We are very proud of our learning space and have spacious classrooms to allowing for specific learning environments. There are separate areas for the children to immerse themselves in different areas of the curriculum, including an exciting outside area that encourages the children to explore, enjoy and engage in a variety of activities. We also have a sensory area, separate toilets, as well as an eating area to help the children to develop vital self-help and life skills. We use elements of the TEACCH priorities, PECs, visuals and zones of regulation as part of our toolkit to provide the very best learning environment.

We do not have a waiting list for our Provision as all admissions must go through a consultation process by SEN Services at Enfield Council. The child must have an Educational, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) and a diagnosis of ASD.

Outside Professionals

At De Bohun, we encourage working partnerships and supportive relationships between professionals, parents and the child. We understand that some families need support to access professionals, therefore we ensure an open dialogue is created where parents can feel comfortable and confident to approach us with concerns they may have to support them to make informed decisions about their child’s education. The SENCo works closely with families and professionals to allow the very best outcomes for the child to be achieved. We work closely with outside agencies and professionals to ensure the very best outcomes for our children.

Outside Agencies and Professionals

There are a range of outside agencies and professionals from who we can see advice from to further support our children’s needs.


Educational Psychologist Speech and Language Therapist
Social Services Behaviour Support Service (BSS)
Parent Partnership


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Occupational Therapy


Physiotherapy Family Support Unit
Children’s Centre Children’s Centre
School Nurse National Autistic Society
Outreach (West Lea, Waverley and Oaktree) Enfield Parents and Children
Joseph Clarke Service for Visual Impairment Hearing Impairment outreach
Early Years Social Inclusion (EYSI) Family Support Unit
Education Welfare Office Child Development Team
Great Ormond Street Hospital Social Services
Cheviots – Joint service for Disabled children Enfield Advisory Service for Autism,


Parent Partnership

We believe working closely with parents is essential, especially if your child has an additional need. Our home school books provide an important communication link between home and school. Class teachers keep in regular contact with parents and are available to discuss any concerns you may have. We actively encourage parents to be part of their child’s school life and include parents if there is extra support that may be taking place at school through Pastoral Support Plans or Risk Assessments. The SENCo is available to support any parent’s specific SEND queries or concerns.


If you have any questions regarding SEND at De Bohun or would like to visit our school, please contact the school office to speak to Suzie Ashworth – SENCo (senco@debohun.enfield.sch.uk)

Please see the documents below for more information

Useful links for SEND to support Parent/carers

To view the SEND code of practice please go to: