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The Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust (BTCT) Inclusion team is a collaboration of highly experienced, specialist professionals working alongside our schools, Apex Centres and local communities to provide a programme of advice, support, assessment and training. The team aims to promote and support our schools to provide an equitable experience for all children and young people in our care, aligning with our Trust values to be collaborative, ambitious and inclusive for all learners.

All members of the team are qualified professionals with a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience across all areas of inclusion, including working with children and young people across all four areas of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The BTCT Inclusion Team consists of: 

  • Director of Inclusion
  • Two Educational Psychologists
  • Two Speech and Language Therapists (Lead SaLT and SaLT)
  • Two Trust SENCos
  • Lead Counsellor with a counselling team across all schools
  • Safeguarding team: Trust Safeguarding Lead, Child and Family Support Worker, and Intensive Family Support Worker
  • Access Arrangement assessor
  • Online remote teaching team, including a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) offer
  • Two Apex Heads of Centre and their teams (more details included on the Apex link)


  • Head of Polden Centre and team: the Polden Centre is a specialist resource base for students with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) or Significant Language and Communication needs in line with autistic profile. The centre is located at the Bridgwater College Academy site. The Polden Centre team take out able to provide outreach intervention to school staff across the Trust, with guidance on supporting autistic students in their school setting. Staff to contact: poldencentre@bridgwatercollegeacademy.org to request support.

The Inclusion team aims to:

  • enable continuous learning and achievement for every child through early identification of need, assessment and intervention.
  • support the strategic vision and development of inclusive practice across all schools.
  • increase and develop staff knowledge and confidence in meeting all additional needs through online and in person training and coaching offer.

Individual student referrals to the Inclusion team are made internally by school and Apex staff only. If parents/carers wish to seek additional support for their child, the referral process needs to be discussed and completed by the school SENCo/Senior teams.

For further information about individual Inclusion teams and staff, please click on their links.