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Special Educational Needs and Disability SEND

All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they achieve their be

st, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training (6.1 final draft CoP). 

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:  

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or  
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions  

In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all our children and aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community and ensure children and parents are at the heart of decision making.  

In our Ofsted inspections across the federation provision for children with Special Needs has been identified as strong:

  • Close attention is paid to ensure the curriculum is carefully adapted for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)and individual pupils in the mixed age classes. Pupils with SEND now learn well. This is because of the knowledgeable and skilled leadership of the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo),as well as the targeted support for individual pupils (Stillington Ofsted, 2021) 
  • Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are particularly well supported. They flourish in the small family environment. Both staff and pupils nurture them. Pupils with SEND are happy and making good progress. Planning is always adapted to meet their needs (Foston CE Primary Ofsted, 2020).  

Pupils with special educational needs make good progress and many make rapid progress in English and Mathematics.  

As a school we pride ourselves on our specialist knowledge in special needs, the range of quality first teaching strategies and our use of evidence-based interventions to support children to close any gaps. Our provision is identified in our whole school provision map: Whole School Provision Maps.


Please click on the links below to find out more information

about SEND: 

We are proud of the inclusivity offered for all children in our mainstream setting. We have a high level of skill in school to meet the needs of all learners and we are passionate about adapting our provision to allow access for all to our dynamic and motivating curriculum.

We have particular expertise in: 

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders 
  • Behavioural, Social and Emotional Difficulties 
  • Communication and Interaction difficulties 

Our school Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is:  Miss Katie Stringer 

Our SEND link-Governor is: Mrs Helen Ashdown 

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