Special Educational Needs, Disability, Inclusion & Equalities

Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion
At Westgate, we are extremely proud of the way children with a wide range of needs are included and provided for in every aspect of school life. We are committed to working in partnership with families, children and other professionals to ensure we do the best we can for all children. Our staff are all highly trained and as well as our SENCo we have a lead autism practitioner. In addition, our provision for children's Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs has been recognised through our Mindmate Friendly School status. Recently, we were also recognised by the National Autistic Society, achieving their Autism Inclusion Award in November 2023 for the excellent provision we have for autistic children and neurodiversity.
Here you will find information about how our SEN policy is implemented and what the minimum offer of support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability is at Westgate. You can also find about about the Leeds Local Offer for SEND here.
School policies related to this area can be found on our 'Policies' page, and all policies are available upon request from the School Office.
Westgate's SENCo is Mrs Marie Colannino and she can be contacted via the school office.
Equality Duty at Westgate
We have an Equality & Diversity working group, drawn from all sections of our school community, which grew out of our work on what was the Stephen Lawrence Education Standard (2006- 2012). We are also fortunate to have strong links with our Family of Schools, which has enabled joint work to promote Equality and Diversity.
As well our our accessibility plan above which contributes to our public sector equality duties, below you can also find the single equalities policy and the current plan. Both the accessibility and equalities plans are reviewed regularly by governors and staff, and progress against each objective is evaluated annually.
We have a robust system in place to manage hate incidents in school, which are also logged with the local authority. You can read the procedure below.
Finally, you can also find our equality & diversity policy below, which relates to school-based staff, along with our anti-racism policy and our community cohesion policy.