SEND team

Please contact Mrs Taswinder Heer-Smith, the College's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), on the email address below regarding any SEND comments or questions you may have.



Moat Community College aims to be an inclusive school which offers a high standard of education to all students, whatever their Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) At Moat we believe every teacher is a Special Needs teacher and lessons are accessible to all our students.

SEND can mean physical or mental health issues, as well as learning difficulties.

SEND provision covers the following areas of need:

  • Cognition and learning
  • Communication and interaction
  • Sensory or physical
  • Social, emotional or mental health (SEMH)

For information on the SEND Local Offer click here. What is the Local Offer?

Curriculum plan

The main ways that the department supports students:

In-class suport

Specialist teachers and learning support assistants work alongside classroom teachers to support students with special educational needs and disabilities.

Withdrawal groups

We offer smaller withdrawal groups with specialist teachers to teach English and Maths to students who need a different learning environment.

1:1 lessons

We can provide one to one sessions for students who need support in understanding social situations, or students who need intensive support with their learning.

Lunch club

We offer a lunchtime club for vulnerable students to play games, read books or do homework. This is staffed by Learning Support Assistants and teachers.

Social skills

We offer students help with forming friendships; including social skills based small group work.

Other agencies

We work in partnership with other agencies such as Psychology Services, Hearing Support and Visual Support teams, Autism team, Speech and Language support and the Virtual School. We also work with advisory teachers for the Roma, Gypsy and Traveller communities.

Working in partnership with parents

Moat works with our parents to ensure the best outcome for families of children with SEND. If you have any concerns, please contact the SENCO, Mrs Taswinder Heer-Smith on 0116 2625705.


Arrangements made by the governing body relating to the treatment of complaints from parents of pupils with special educational needs concerning the provision made at the school.

If parents wish to complain:

Moat follows the Local Authority Complaints procedure. In the first instance please contact the college on: +44 (116) 262 5705

Provision mapping

We are developing our provision map to ensure our students get the support they need.

Access arrangements

Access Arrangements allow all our students with special needs, or a disability, to access examinations.

An access arrangement can be an adult to read and/or write for a student in an exam. A student may be given a longer time period in which to complete the exam. A specialist assessor will assess students to see if they qualify for an access arrangement.

COVID-19 Advice and resources for parents of SEN/vulnerable students

The Leicester City Council My Choice website provides information about what schools, colleges and other educational settings must do for pupils with SEND, types of special educational needs and special arrangements.

Information regarding the Moat Community College SEND Policy and Accessibility Plan can be found below.

SEND Information