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SEND Provision – How we support children with SEND

Mrs Duggan, SENCO, co-ordinates the work of all staff with SEND pupils. Pupils with SEND are supported in class by their class teacher and Teaching Assistant.

Definition of SEND

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 them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

​a) have a greater significantly difficulty in learning than the majority of the others in the cohort who are the same age.


​b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided

     for others of the same age in mainstream schools.


A child under compulsory school age has a special educational need if they fall within the definition of a or b above or would do so if special provision was not made for them.(clause 20 Children and Families Act).


Types of SEND at the school

At Catchgate Primary School we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs including

  • Speech and language difficulties- including expressive and receptive language delay and disorders

  • Hearing impaired

  • Physical difficulties including gross and fine motor delay as well as dyspraxia, cerebral palsy and

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues including Attention Disability, Hyperactivity Disorder and attachment issues

  • Moderate learning difficulties(cognition and learning)


The school provides data on the types and level of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census. The table below shows the number of pupils (Summer 2020) whose primary need falls into the categories of SEND listed below.

 Primary area of Need


Early Years


Stage 1


Stage 2


3 3 0 0

Social Emotional and Mental Health

3 1 1 1

Speech, Language and Communication

10 3 6 1

Hearing Impaired

1 0 0 1

Moderate Learning Difficulties

13 2 4 7

Physical Difficulties

0 0 0 0


Teaching & Learning


All pupils in school receive quality first teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.


All classes at Catchgate Community primary school have an in- class Teaching Assistant (T.A.)


From time to time some children require additional support for a set period of time to help meet their needs or improve their learning. The decision to do this is made by the school and is based on a variety of factors including academic progress, and/or assessments carried out by teaching staff or other professionals.  It may also be based on ensuring children have a smooth transition into school or require support when going through significant change either at home or school.  Parents/carers will be informed when this happens.


Children who require support in terms of their acquisition of English are not considered SEND pupils but as they may require additional support their needs are reflected in our local offer.


Pupils with SEND may also work with other TAs in school to support them or to do specific work e.g. speech and language programmes. Your child may work in class with individual or small group support or may sometimes be withdrawn from the classroom to work one to one with a TA or in small groups.


Consultation with Children and Young People with SEND

Teachers/SENCO and Teaching Assistants will work with children and young people to identify the support needed to meet agreed outcomes.  The provision is planned and interventions are allocated to individual needs. The children take an active role with setting their targets, discussing them with the class teacher/SENCO.  The children have regular meetings with support staff to discuss their progress and support.


Consultation with parents and carers of children and young people with SEND

We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child’s needs and support.  Parents and carers will be involved throughout the process.

There is a range of ways this can be done, for example:

  • Termly parents/ carers evenings;

  • Ongoing discussions with a class teacher and/or Mrs Duggan

  • An ‘open-door’ policy, where parents and carers are welcome to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have;

  • Through a review of a child’s SEN Support Plan or the Annual Review of their Statement of SEN or EHC Plan.


School offers a range of programmes to help children with SEND

  • Language Link programmes and individual language programmes e.g. Wellcomm. Implementation of 1-1 Speech and Language programmes by TA’s
  • Time to Talk social interaction programme for younger pupils
  • Listening is Fun programme to develop listening and attention skills
  • Socially Speaking a social interaction programme for older pupils
  • Counselling – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties - School currently has a counsellor with a timetable for supporting children and parents across school. 
  • Crisis Response – Early Intervention Programme – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties which impact on their relationships and academic progress in school or at home.
  • Communicating with Children – For pupils who may have social and emotional difficulties. Delivered 1-1.
  • It’s in the Bag-to develop fine motor skills
  • Assessment by and intervention from a speech and language therapist on referral.
  • Additional support and interventions within class
  • Therapeutic Group Story Writing
  • Story Links - 1-1 therapeutic story writing


Click on the link below to return to the SEND Offer main page.

Find out more about Connecting with Children

Find out more about Therapeutic Story Writing

Find out more about Story Links