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Improving the progress of SEND pupils

Charged with improving the progress being made by SEND students in her school’s English department, middle leader Caroline Dutton describes some of the strategies her team is employing.

Colchester Academy is located in the middle of a council estate in a fast growing, but very old Roman town. Our students live in a part of Colchester that has a significantly high crime rate in comparison to other areas, so ensuring students feel safe at school is a priority for us.

Four years ago Sir Charles Lucas Arts College became Colchester Academy. The predecessor school had many students who did not achieve expected progress levels. However, in our first year as Colchester Academy we achieved our best year 11 results to date, and as results continued to rise so too have parents’ expectations.

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