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Inclusion & SEND

What does SEND look like at Bristol Met?

Here is a short introduction video from our SENDCo

A child has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision, in addition to what is provided for their other peers, to be made for them. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child’s ability to learn. They can broadly affect their:

  • Ability to understand/process information socially and in learning
  • Reading, writing, numeracy
  • Ability to concentrate and focus on a task
  • Emotional or mental health –maintaining a positive self-esteem and feelings -leading to anxiety or low mood
  • Behaviour – learning to regulate their emotions; and social interaction – the way they talk to adults and other children
  • Sensory / Physical ability, including visual, hearing, motor coordination, spatial awareness or medical.

What other learning needs are there?

Children may have other learning needs such as English as an additional language or having missed gaps in education for various different reasons. The Inclusion Team, comprising the SEND Team, Student Support Team and ‘The Hub’, also provide support for students who are Children in Care or previously looked after children and those which have medical needs.

High Quality Teaching and Learning for SEND

Bristol Metropolitan Academy shares with parents and students some of the advice and guidance provided through our SEND blog to BMA teachers as part of professional development. Feel free to send through any questions you may have regarding information published on our SEND blog https://bmasend.wordpress.com/ to [email protected]. We hope parents who are supporting their young people at home can draw on some of the suggested strategies and knowledge, so that we can work together to support your child’s progress.

What if I have concerns about my child’s progress at Bristol Met?

If you have concerns about your child’s progress, you can initially speak to your child’s subject teacher, Tutor or Head of House.

If you are concerned your child is still not making progress, you can speak to Miss Phelps, the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator – (NASENCO) who has responsibility for SEND, or another member of the SEND team.

You can contact the SEND Team via the main Academy switchboard on 0117 3772071 or [email protected]

Useful Links

OTRs Resilient Parenting course is running for 6 weeks starting on 22nd Feb for parents and carers across BNSSG – ONLINE.

Resilient Parenting is a six week psychoeducational group for parents/carers exploring the factors that contribute to resilience and how we can strengthen them. The project aims to support parents/carers to build their own resilience by providing an informal discussion space with a focus on self care.

Maximum of 14 parents in the group

Resilient Parenting

Mindfulness for Parents of SEND May 2024

SEND Policies

Bristol Youth Directory

Free face-to-face workshops for families awaiting an autism assessment

New mentoring and nature club for Bristol


SEND review: right support, right place, right time – GOV.UK

Info for Parents – PPAP

Bristol Parent Carer Forums

SAY CYP Information

Autumn Mumuration Parent Groups

How to handle school refusers

Winter SEND Parent Nurture Groups

School Nursing Webinars

Maths Makeover

Introducing oneplusone Digital Resources

Turtle Opera Bristol