Special Educational Needs





It is a requirement that all school’s produce an annual information report and publish it on the school website.  We have produced it in the form of questions and answers.  We would appreciate your feedback on how helpful this has been.

SENCO (Special Education Needs Coordinator): Mrs Gosney (Head Teacher)

SEN Governor: Mr Myles Leslie

SEN Teaching Assistants: Ms Jane Sutton

   (Mrs Farren KS2, Mrs Sarah Williams KS1)


How does the school know if pupils need extra help?

  • We know most prospective pupils and any additional needs they may have through working closely with the pre-school which is situated in our premises.
  • We assess pupils termly to identify the progress they are making or if any are falling behind.
  • We meet parents each term which gives them the opportunity to express any concerns.
  • We draw on the expertise of others such as the Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist when necessary.


What should I do if I think my child has SEN?

  • Make an appointment to speak to your child’s class teacher or the Head Teacher, Mrs Gosney who is also the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator.)
  • Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service for SEND (formerly Parent Partnership) may be able to give advice and can be contacted between 9.30 and 3.30 Monday to Friday.email: ias.service@derbyshire.gov.uk  www.derbyshireiass.co.uk   01629 533668


How will I know that the school will support my child?

  • We are committed to supporting all children in the school and endeavour to meet the needs of all.
  • Speak to Mrs Gosney about the support we are able to provide.
  • Our Accessibility Plan and Disability Equality Scheme, is used to identify additional needs and how we will endeavour to make adaptations to meet these.
  • We currently employ a teacher for one afternoon a week who is able to provide one-to-one or small group teaching.

How will the curriculum be matched to meet my child’s needs?

  • We have two experienced TAs who provide additional support in some lessons.
  • Teachers will make adaptations to the curriculum as far as practically possible to make it accessible to all. The needs of most children with SEN can be met in this way. This is known as SEN support.
  • We have a range of resources which can be used to support pupils particularly those with mild/moderate learning difficulties.
  • If a child has an Education Health Care Plan, this may specify how the curriculum can and should be adapted.


How will I know how my child is doing?

  • We offer all parents the chance to meet their child’s class teacher each term to discuss progress.
  • You will be invited to participate in reviews of your child’s progress.
  • If your child has an Education Health Care Plan, you will be invited to participate in the annual review meeting.


How will you help me to support my child’s learning?

  • Class teachers will offer ideas for supporting your child at home.
  • You may be given further advice from external agencies involved in supporting your child.
  • Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service for SEND (formerly Parent Partnership) www.derbyshireiass.co.uk
  • LA Local Offer: http://localoffer.derbyshire.gov.uk

What support will there be to support my child’s overall well-being?

  • Early Intervention For Schools and support through Multi-agency teams will be sought with parental permission.
  • Contact can be made with Ashbourne and Etwall MAT 01629 533650
  • Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service for SEND (formerly Parent Partnership) are able to offer advice. www.derbyshireiass.co.uk  Children can contact them on 01629 532029 or by email: childrens.rights@derbyshire.gov.uk

What specialist services or expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

  • We use the following resources to support children with some specific learning difficulties: Beat Dyslexia; Toe-by-toe; Big Cat Reading Scheme; Talisman Reading Scheme; Numicon Mathematics

We have worked with the following agencies:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Speech Therapy
  • Hearing Support Service
  • Visual Support Service
  • Behaviour Support
  • School Support Special Educational Needs (SSSEN)
  • Autism Outreach
  • School Doctor and School Nurses
  • Children and Adults Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

We are currently working closely with a Special School  in Derbyshire where we are able to access support and advice.



What training have staff supporting pupils with SEND had?

  • Staff are experienced in using Beat Dyslexia and Toe-by-Toe.
  • Diabetes – training to follow a Medical Plan.
  • SENCO has had training in supporting pupils with Dyslexia and Autism and Downs Syndrome.
  • Training would be sought to meet the needs of pupils with more specific requirements. For example, we currently employ a Level 3 Teaching Assistant who has received training in specialist feeding, epilepsy and tracheotomy care.


How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom?

  • Most areas of the school grounds are accessible by wheelchair.
  • Teachers will differentiate the outdoor curriculum to allow children to participate as far as they are able.
  • We encourage and support participation by all pupils in school trips and sporting activities as far as we are able. We invite parents to share in these events if that means their child can participate.


How accessible is the school environment?

  • Both school buildings and the playground can be accessed via ramps.
  • A path has been constructed to the PE/outdoor play store which is wheelchair accessible.
  • The path to the school garden can be accessed by wheelchair although further adaptations are required in this area.
  • Classroom furniture can be moved to some extent although movement in both rooms may be restricted depending on class numbers.
  • We have a disabled toilet which accommodates a changing couch.


How will the school support my child in starting school and moving on?

  • The Pre-School meets in our premises and we liaise closely with their staff and parents.
  • We offer all pupils several induction visits prior to starting school.
  • We hold a meeting for parents of children due to start school which gives them the opportunity to meet staff, learn what we offer and raise any concerns they may have.
  • Moving to a new class is straight-forward in our small school where all pupils are well-known by all staff. Records and concerns are shared.
  • We liaise closely with Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (QEGS) throughout the year prior to children starting there. We have been able to offer children a transition programme to enable them to visit and participate in a variety of lessons to aid their move. In addition we encourage all children to participate in school sports activities held at QEGS.


How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to pupil’s SEN?

  • We do not have a ring-fenced SEN budget. However, we do review our resources and would endeavour to ensure we have adequate materials to meet a pupils needs within the restrictions of our general budget.
  • Some pupils with SEN are also eligible for Pupil Premium funding. We use this money to support them in small groups or one-to-one with a teacher.


How are decisions made about how much support my child will receive?

  • If a child has an EHC Plan, the hours of support from a Teaching Assistant will be specified in it.
  • The needs of the child, the balance of ages in the mixed-age classes, the availability of Teaching Assistants all have to be considered in deciding how much support and the type of support given. For some, working in small groups may be possible; for others it may need to be one-to-one.


How will I be involved in discussions and planning for my child’s education?

  • Your initial concerns will be taken seriously.
  • You will be invited to meetings with external agencies as applicable where you will be asked to give your views.
  • You will support us in expressing the views and wishes of your child.
  • You will particularly be involved in plans to aid the transition of your child to secondary school.
  • You will be invited to meet your class teacher at least 3 times a year as part of the school’s offer to all parents.


Who can parents contact for further information?


The School’s SEND Policy is available from the school office or the policies section of this website.