Supporting schools to offer an Enhanced Learning Provision for Students with SEND

As part of the Council’s commitment to promoting an effective and inclusive approach to education, a number of schools are being supported to develop an Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP). This approach supports children to stay within their local community.

The transition to secondary school from primary school represents a significant shift in environment for all children, but particularly so for those identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

An ELP sits within a mainstream secondary school and delivers tailored and high-quality teaching to pupils with SEND who are working at very low curriculum levels or who may have other identified needs which makes them more vulnerable than their peers at transition. An ELP uses skilled teachers with additional training and experience and small groups to maximise achievement and progress primarily in core subjects, while supporting these pupils to access the wider mainstream curriculum alongside their peers.

Teacher with student

At the start of this academic year, the Council began successful trials of the ELP model at Holyrood Academy and Wadham School. Year 7 Students have been attending the ELP as part of their timetable and feedback from the teaching teams, parents and pupils themselves has been extremely positive.

Pupils learning in a classroom

The Council will be working with more secondary schools in Somerset to further develop additional ELPs for next academic year starting September 2023. As part of their commitment to increase support for young people with SEND in Somerset, we have asked secondary schools to return an expression of interest form if they would like to be involved in this exciting opportunity. Expressions of interest for 2023/2024 are now closed.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email


Last reviewed: May 19, 2023 by Gemma

Next review due: November 19, 2023

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