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What are the benefits of hiring young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)?

Hiring young people with SEND can bring diverse perspectives and talents to your team, fostering creativity and innovation. Enhanced workplace diversity can also lead to improved problem-solving and new ways of working.

What support may a young person with SEND need?

Accommodations vary depending on the individual's needs, but they can include flexible work hours, assistive technology, and additional training. With the right support, employees with SEN can be highly productive and valued employees.

How can I support students at Ifield?

Visit the school and talk to our students. Develop an understanding of their unique talents and areas where they might need additional support. Offer work experience placements and tailor them to make the most of their talents effectively. Communication is key, so we are always happy to talk openly and honestly about any concerns you may have so that we can find solutions together.

What else can I do to support young people with SEND?

Create an inclusive workplace which promotes understanding and respect amongst all employees, provides disability awareness training, and fosters a culture of acceptance.

What steps can I take to create a long-term commitment to hiring and supporting individuals with SEND?

Develop a formal inclusion policy, set measurable goals, and regularly assess progress. Continuously engage with employees and adapt your approach based on their feedback and needs.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Please contact Suzann Mason, Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead, via the School Office.

Quotes from employers who have visited Ifield

"First aid is something everybody should know, it does not matter about the ability of the person. Everyone can help just by calling 999. Working with the children at Ifield school proves this. They all have the knowledge of what to do to save someone’s life, even if it is just making the call. There is a saying “Something is better than nothing” and this is so true in a first aid emergency.

I would just like to finish by saying that the children I worked with are a credit to the staff at Ifield, their parents, and of course,  themselves."  Bab Dixon, British Red Cross


“The staff were so accommodating and welcoming for our visit and the students thoroughly enjoyed us coming to see them. The students were very engaging and loved sitting inside the police van and hearing the sirens! A great visit enjoyed by us all! “ Kent Police





  • Ofsted Outstanding
  • The Cedar Federation
  • Ifield Smile
  • KsENT
  • SEN Specialist Schools
  • International School Award
  • Kent County Council
  • Arts MArk
  • Healthy Schools
  • Sport England
  • iNet