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SEN

Cullercoats Primary School is a fully inclusive school which ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. Our Local Offer lets you understand how we support pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

We consult with pupils and their families on our local offer by:

  • Meeting with parents/carers when a child is first admitted to school regarding any existing needs or concerns.
  • Liaising with previous placements and other agencies such as Speech and Language, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or medical consultants.
  • Regular meetings in school between teachers and families
  • Review meetings with families, school staff and other professionals involved in meeting the needs of a child e.g. speech therapists etc.

Supporting Pupils With SEN / Disabilities & Their Families

We will let families know about any concerns about a pupil’s learning by:
  • Holding regular parent-teacher consultation meetings
  • Providing an open door policy whereby parents can contact school at any time if they have concerns.
  • Meetings can be arranged with appropriate school staff, including the Headteacher and/or school SENCo (SEN coordinator).
  • When a pupil is identified as having special educational needs, we support their development and progress by:
  • Carrying out assessments to clarify the nature of the need or difficulty.
  • Adapting tasks and resources to suit the individual pupil’s needs.
  • This may include additional support from the class teacher or a teaching assistant.
  • Pupils may be placed in a small learning group for additional support in a specific curriculum area such as spelling, writing or number work.
  • These interventions are reviewed regularly to ascertain their effectiveness and inform future planning.
  • Parent –teacher consultation meetings are held each term. This discussion can be used to highlight ongoing concerns, contribute to the planning of future interventions, and monitor the effectiveness of on-going support.
  • Sometimes a pupil may need support from an outside agency. With parents consent, a referral can be made to a variety of teams who can offer more specialised assessment and advice.
  • The other people/agencies and teams providing services to children with a special educational need or disability in school include:
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Language and Communication Team
  • Dyslexia Referral Team
  • Sensory Support Service
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • Public Health Nurses
  • We will work in partnership with other education providers to ensure that pupils make a successful transition to the next stages of their learning, through careful and coordinated planning of the transition. We provide the following support to pupils when they are leaving the school
  • Staff from new placement are invited to review meetings
  • Accompanied visits to their new school with fellow pupils
  • Extra group and/or individual visits to new placement
  • Transition workbooks for use during transition period
Support staff are placed where they are needed throughout the school to ensure pupil progress, independence and value for money. Support may take the form of one to one intervention programmes, small group work, support in class to access learning and liaison with parents or professionals working with the pupil.

Staff Training

All staff have completed, and will continue to receive, ongoing training in special educational needs and disabilities. A number of support staff have had training in the following areas:
  • The National Autism Early Bird Plus Programme
  • 1st Class @ Number Small Group Intervention
  • Dyscalculia, Dyslexia and Maths Difficulties
  • Dyslexia and Phonics
  • Supporting Language in the Classroom
  • Communication and Behaviour
  • Clicker ICT in the Classroom
  • Communicate in Print ICT workshop
  • Downs Syndrome workshops on: using ICT, Behaviour Management
  • Whole staff training in recent years has included:
  • An Introduction to the Narrative Programme
  • Social Stories and their use in School
  • Attachment in the classroom
  • Deaf Awareness and Understanding
  • ADHD/ ADD Identification and Strategies to help in the Classroom
  • Differentiation in the Classroom
  • Regular workshops are run by the school SENCO to support Teachers and Teaching Assistants and have recently included:
  • Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme
  • Using ICT to support SEND children
  • 1:1 Reading Strategies
  • Handwriting Strategies to Support Learning
In addition to her Primary School Teaching qualification the SENCO is a fully qualified Dyslexia Teacher. She is training to be a Reading Recovery Teacher and will achieve her National SENCO qualification this year.


Supporting Families

The school works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside of school.
Families are also signposted to other services or organisations which may offer additional help and support.
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Further Information

Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed with a focus on how they affect pupils’ with special educational needs or disabilities.
The school’s self-evaluation process will look at teaching and learning for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
All school-related activities are evaluated in terms of their benefit to the learning and inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

If you would like further information about what we offer here at Cullercoats Primary School then please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

Jane Armstrong
0191 2008721
jane.armstrong@ntlp.org.uk