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What is SEN?

SEN stands for Special Educational Needs. Some children have learning needs or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. It means that they may need extra help or different support than others to make the progress that they are capable of. Some children will have a need for extra support at some point in Primary school. Other children will need extra or different support throughout their time in school. What is important is that your child receives the right support so that they can make progress. All teachers give their pupils the correct tasks and learning 'at their level'. This is called 'differentiation.' However, some children will require some support on top of good quality teaching. This will be SEN support which can mean small group work or individual work tailored to your child's needs.

What to do if you are concerned about your child's progress.

All children are closely monitored to make sure that they progress well at our school. If your child progresses at a slower rate, we will arrange for extra support and of course, meet with you to discuss this. If however, you do have concerns, the best place to start is your child's class teacher. They know your child well and can listen to your concerns. They will then share your concerns with the Special Educational Needs coordinator and make provisions / changes for your child. Throughout this time, we will meet with you regularly and suggest ways to move forward. If you would like to meet with the SEN coordinator, we will arrange a meeting to suit you and discuss your concerns. If, at any point, you would prefer to talk to the Head teacher or the SEN governor, you can do so by making an appointment with the school office.
For parents of SEN children, we hold information and parents evenings to allow you more time to talk, plan and review your child's progress.
You may also talk to our Principal Teaching Assistant, Linda Pain, who specialises in SEN Support and can offer you advice, encouragement and activities to do at home.
Our SEN coordinator is Mrs Brown who works Monday - Wednesday.
Our SEN governor is Sarah Pitman.

Supporting the Emotional, Mental and Social Development of Pupils with SEN

Mrs Chant and Mrs Bartlett are ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) and are specially trained to support childrens' emotional, mental and social development. Children may be identified as required further support by a teacher, teaching assitant or by a parent.
If you have any concerns about your child, please make an appointment to see the class teacher.

SEND Policy

Click the link for our SEND and Disability policy.

SEN REPORT 2016-2017

Please click on the document link. You will find information about SEND in our school.

Local offer

Our local offer can be found here. This lists all the ways we can support your child in our school. If you would like further information about it, please come and see Mrs Brown or Mr Allen at school. Our office staff can make an appointment for you.

SEND reforms letter to parents

Here is a letter to parents explaining the changes led by the new SEN reforms.

SEND reforms

Here is a useful summary of the changes to SEN nationally and what it means for us all.

Please click on the link to go to the Dorset Send Information, Advice and Support Service (formally Parent Partnership)

We are an independent and impartial service that can provide advice, information and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) throughout the Dorset Local Authority area. We work closely with the Local Authority, Schools, the Voluntary sector and other agencies.

We aim to ensure that parents and carers are able to play an informed part in planning provision to meet their child's special educational needs. We assist in building partnerships between parents and carers, the Local Education Authority and schools.

A parents guide to Special educational needs changes and reforms

Here is a useful summary of the new regulations for parents. It contains some frequently asked questions.

The SEN Code of Practice

The SEN code of practice has been updated. Please click the link for the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice-

Dorset For You

Please click the link for publications for parents and carers from the Dorset For You website.

Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions

Please click to find out further information.

A Parent / Carer Guide

Please click the link for an SEN Guide to Parents and Carers

Disability - What the law says

Disability - What should a school do?


Please click to see the SEN Information Impact Report with intervention results.

Apps to support your child at home.

The following apps have been recommended by SENSS who are the Special Educational Needs Support Service who work with us in school.
My Spellings - structured way of learning spellings ALL AGES
Spellosaur and Spellosaur400 - AGES 5-12
Everyday Jigsaw - used to support speech and language needs - ALL AGES
Phraseology - grammar etc.
Cambugs1 - assessing sounds - PRIMARY and COMPLEX NEEDS
Cambugs2 - digraphs (ai, ee, oa...) and trigraphs (igh, ear, air...)
Dexteria Junior - support delayed vision and fine motor skills
Dexteria - fine motor skills, pen grip, letter and number formation - ALL AGES
Letter Reflex - helps children to distinguish between left and right - ALL AGES
ShowMe - interactive recordable mini whiteboard - ALL AGES
Bluster - rhyming words - ALL AGES
Grid Player - communication tool - ALL AGES
Letter School - letter writing - ALL AGES
Talking Tom - encourages children to communicate - YOUNGER CHILDREN and COMPLEX COMMUNICATION NEEDS
maths dots - dot to dot and number bonds - ALL AGES
Neon Draw - sensory and letter formation - ALL AGES
Twinkl - phonics and letter formation - ALL AGES
PaintSparkle - colour and fun ways to practise letter formation - ALL AGES

The following apps are designed to support children on the Autistic Spectrum (ASD)
GoodNotes / Paper 53 - comic strip conversations to support social situations - ALL AGES
Breathe2Relax - calming music to regulate breathing - ALL AGES
Choiceworks - schedules and timetables - ALL AGES
Feelings - based on the Feelings Book (Rubin and Laurent, 2000) - help to support emotions and feelings - ALL AGES
Halftone - support self esteem - ALL AGES

The following apps can help with recording.
Voicedream - text to speech
Ireadwrite - predictive text and text to speech
DragonDictation - speech - to text
Merriam Webster - talking dictionary
WritePad for ipad

Please let us know if you've found any useful apps - we would love to keep adding them to our list!