Supporting Pupils with Additional Needs

The SENDCo at Woolden Hill Primary School is Sarah Lawrence. She is a qualified teacher, the headteacher and a Specialist Leader of Education for SEN. She is also has a specialist qualification in Dyslexia and Behaviour.


At Woolden Hill Primary School we are committed to using our best endeavours to provide an appropriate and high quality education for all children which enables them to:

  • Achieve their best.

  • Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives.

  • Make successful transition to their next phase of education.

We consider every teacher to be a teacher of every child, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. We have the highest aspirations and expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.

Identification of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

A pupil has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision to be made for them, that is provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. For some children, SEND can be identified at an early age. However, for other children and young people difficulties become evident only as they develop.

The identification of SEND is built into the overall approach to monitoring the progress and development of all pupils. Class teachers will assess each pupil’s current skills and levels of attainment on entry, building on information from previous settings. Class teachers then make regular assessments of progress for all pupils identifying in particular where pupils are making less than expected progress given their age and individual circumstances. Where a pupil’s progress is causing concern, this may be characterised by progress which:

  • is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline.

  • fails to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress.

  • fails to close the attainment gap between the child and their peers.

  • widens the attainment gap.

It can include progress in areas other than attainment – for instance where a pupil needs to make additional progress with wider development or social needs.

The Graduated Approach to SEND Support

Identifying and adapting teaching to meet pupils’ needs is a process that is in place for all pupils. The school has a rigorous and regular system, through termly pupil progress meetings, to identify where pupils are not making expected progress or working below national expectations. Class teachers will put in place if necessary, relevant and timely interventions, through quality first teaching, appropriate differentiation and in-class support, aimed at closing the gap or raising the attainment. The class teacher will also talk with parents to ensure there is a shared understanding of pupils needs and to gain parental perspective on any emerging concerns and areas of strength.

Examples of Specialist Agencies

  • Educational psychologists

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

  • Education Inclusion Service specialist teachers

  • Specialist teachers for children with hearing and vision impairment , including multi-Sensory impairment, and for those with a physical disability

  • Speech and language therapists

  • Occupational therapists and physiotherapists

Our Local Offer

The SEND Information Report describes the types of support and provision available in Danemill Primary School and pre-school for supporting all children to reach their potential. It aims to answer questions parents / carers may have and also outlines what this would look like for children. We have broken this down into 4 sections. Firstly what Policies the school publishes in support of SEND, the roles and responsibilities of staff in school in relation to SEND, the different levels of support for children within Danemill Primary School and pre-school and finally some Frequently Asked Questions.

At Woolden Hill Primary School children are identified as having SEN in a variety of ways e.g.

  • Concerns raised by parents / carers.

  • Concerns raised by teachers.

  • Concerns raised by the child.

  • Changes in a child's behaviour or self -esteem is affecting progress.

  • A child finds learning difficult.

  • A child is performing well below age related expectations.

  • Information received from outside agencies and pre- schools e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Paediatricians etc.

SEND Policy

SEND Information Report

Local Offer

Accessibility Plan

SEN Admissions

Emotional Well-being & Pastoral Support

We offer a wide variety of pastoral support for children who are encountering emotional difficulties. We are a caring, understanding staff who look after our children and parents. We fully recognise that children may go through crisis in their lives for short periods of time or longer periods of time. We aim to utilise the support we are lucky enough to have in school to support all children through these times NOT just the ones identified as having SEND needs.

Your child's class teacher is the first person to contact with concerns about your child's overall wellbeing. Intervention may be put into place to support your child. If progress is little to none and further support is needed, the class teacher will liaise with the SENDCo/SEMH SLE in school who will give advice and support and put a plan of action into place. This may involve support from our Pastoral Team.

The School Nurse & Children with Medical Needs

Woolden Hill School recognise that pupils with medical needs may need additional support.

If a child has a medical need then a detailed Personal Health Care Plan is compiled by the SENDCo in consultation with parents/carers and the school nurse (where appropriate). This is discussed with all staff who are involved with the child.

If your child has a medical condition that requires medication, a meeting can be arranged as required with parents/carers, class teacher and SENDCo if appropriate. Parents and all staff members who agree to administer medicines will sign a medication agreement form to ensure the safety of both child and staff member. For more information on procedures, see the Health and Safety Policy on the school website.

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