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DSEN

Newton Abbot College’s Disability & Special Educational Needs (DSEN) team aims to assist all teaching staff to ensure students with special educational needs and disabilities are successfully and fully included and that they make progress in line with their ability.

College Ethos

We believe that students’ special educational needs can be best met in mainstream classes alongside their peers. All young people have individual needs and an individual approach enhances learning in every classroom.

We emphasise challenge in learning activities and our teachers have high expectations of every student, whilst at the same time giving them the confidence and skills to achieve. We advocate a personalised approach to learning, and adapt our teaching to the different ways students learn.


We recognise that providing effective personalised learning is challenging, not least when a student’s needs appear to present significant barriers to their learning. Our team aims to provide a high quality support service to our staff and students to assist in removing these barriers, enabling all students to become independent, responsible and successful learners whatever their abilities, skills and talents.

Core Function

Provide support for the successful inclusion of students in learning activities;

  • To provide high quality intervention in small groups or on an individual basis for targeted students, monitoring their progress and providing regular feedback to their teachers and parents;
  • To assist in the planning and preparation of learning activities to support targeted students in class;
  • To liaise with teaching staff to devise clearly structured activities that interest and motivate students to advance their learning. 

Where can I find out more?

Devon’s Local Offer details what you can expect to be available for children and young people with SEND in Devon across education, health and social care services.

Please refer to the College’s DSEN Policy, DSEN Information Report, School Offer and Accessibility Plan   for more information.

Individual SEND requirements are unique; to discuss your child’s needs please contact the College for more information and guidance.

Contact the College SENCO

The College's SENCO is Louise Ransom. To discuss any special requirements, please contact her on 01626 367 335 or at info@nacollege.devon.sch.uk.