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Support for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Our school is fully inclusive; we are committed to providing the best possible environment for learning, where pupils feel safe, supported and can thrive. We value and nurture each child’s unique abilities and achievements and believe that all children have the right to a high-quality education, regardless of their individual needs. We strive to adapt and personalise our provision so that barriers to learning are overcome; without compromising progress, quality of learning or access to the curriculum. We believe that effective communication and collaboration between parents, teachers and external professionals is essential to ensure that pupils receive the best possible support. We maintain high aspirations for all of our pupils and believe that their experience at Nene Valley will enable them to become independent, resilient and confident learners, who are well-prepared for transitions throughout their education and into adulthood.

Our SENCo is Ms Carly Pearson - 

The Local Offer and School Information Report

The Local Authority (LA) Local Offer

The LA and schools are required to publish and keep updated information about the services they make available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is called the ‘Local Offer’.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families and is an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

The LA's Local Offer is called the SEN Information Hub and can be accessed through here.

The School SEN Information Report

This references information from the SEN Information Hub (LA Local Offer) to meet the needs of SEN pupils alongside school policy and the support and provision that we are able to offer children and their families. 

At Nene Valley Primary School, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different.

Please click on the questions below for more information about how we can support your child. 



Who are the best people to talk to if I have concerns about my child's learning and progress or Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?

In the first instance, talk to your child's class teacher

They are responsible for monitoring progress and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need. This additional support might be making adaptions to teaching and learning, accessing specialist equipment, short-term or longer term targeted interventions. Where a specific need is identified, they will set and review individual targets at least once per term in collaboration with you. They will ensure that the school's inclusion policy is followed in their classroom and liaise with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) where necessary. 

You may also contact our SENCO

They are responsible for co-ordinating the support for children with SEND, as well as developing and reviewing the school's SEND policy. They will also ensure that you are involved in supporting your child's learning, kept informed about their progress and consulted during reviews. Where external specialist advice is considered necessary, they will also liaise with the appropriate service to secure this support. The SENCO also maintains the school's SEND register, a record that ensures that the needs of pupils in this school are known, and keeps records of your child's support and progress. 

Other key staff include:

Our Headteacher, Mr N Reilly, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of all aspects of the school, including support for children with SEND and ensuring that your child's needs are met. They will also make sure the Local Governing Committee is kept up to date about issues relating to SEND provision. 

Our SEND Governor, Miss K Brown, who is responsible for making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends the school and is a critical friend to the SENCO. 

What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in our school?

Quality First Teaching

For your child this would mean

  • That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class
  • That all teaching is built on what your child already knows, can do and can understand
  • That teaching is adapted, so that your child is supported to access and be fully involved in learning in class - this might include making reasonable adjustments and using specific strategies/equipment to support their individual needs 
Targeted intervention

This might be:

  • Short-term (to help your child to keep-up and/or catch-up)
  • Long-term (where more bespoke intervention is required)
  • Be run in the classroom or in a group room
  • Be run by a teacher or teaching assistant (TA)
  • Recommended and/or delivered by external specialists or agencies

You should expect that targeted interventions are carefully tailored to meet your child's needs and that their impact is monitored to see how effective they are in achieving the goal of the intervention. 

High needs support

This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong. This is usually provided when your child has been identified by a range of professionals as needing a particularly high level of individual or small-group teaching because they have specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and targeted intervention. 

For your child this would mean: 

  • The school (or you) can request that the LA carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs and apply for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

  • The request must include information from school and parents about your child's learning, their identified needs, evidence of the support they are currently receiving and their progress. The request is considered by a panel who will consider the evidence against their assessment thresholds, and then decide whether a statutory assessment is relevant and necessary. 

  • At this stage, if the panel declines the request, school will be asked to continue with the current level of support available from its budget. If the request is agreed, the LA will ask parents and professionals to provide further evidence to support the assessment. An Educational Psychologist from the LA will complete an assessment of your child's needs and hold a meeting with you. An EHCP Planning meeting will be arranged involving school, a representative from the LA, parents and any other professionals who are involved to create a draft EHCP using all available evidence. 

  • Following the planning meeting, the LA will decide whether to issue the EHCP or not. 

  • The EHCP will outline long-term outcomes and the provision required to meet your child's needs. It will also identify the amount of additional high needs funding that the school will receive to ensure that this support can be delivered, on top of the school's usual budget. 

  • It is the school's legal responsibilty to ensure that the provision outlined in the EHCP is delivered. The outcomes and provision detailed in the EHCP are reviewed at least annually in consultation with parents and any professionals involved. 

  • The statutory assessment process is a legal process. Parents have the right to appeal (either through mediation or tribunal) at any stage of the process. The LA Special Educational Needs Information and Advice Support Service (SENDIASS) provide impartial advice and information to parents and can be contacted here: Peterborough Information Network | SEND Information Advice and Support Service - SENDIASS (Local Offer)

How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?

We believe that early intervention and collaboration with parents is key in ensuring that children receive the best support in school. If we have concerns about your child's learning and/or development, we will discuss these with you at the earliest opportunity to: 

  • Share details of our concerns 
  • Listen to any concerns you may have
  • Plan any additional support and monitoring your child may need
  • Discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child

How is extra support allocated to children, and how do they progress in their learning?

  • The school budget, includes money for supporting children with SEND
  • The Headteacher decides on the deployment of resources for children with SEND, in consultation with the SENCO and school governors based on the needs of children in the school 
  • The Headteacher and SENCO  discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including
    • the children getting extra support already,
    • the children needing extra support,
    • the children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected.

From this information, they decide what resources/training and support is needed.

  • The school identifies the needs of SEN pupils using the SEND register and class provision maps, or where a child’s needs are more complex and severe, through an Assess, Plan, Do, Review plan. This identifies all support given within school and is reviewed regularly and changes made as needed, so that the needs of children are met, and resources are deployed as effectively as possible. It also helps us to monitor which interventions have been effective and had the most impact on learning.  

Who are the other people providing services to the children with SEND in this school?

School provision
  • Teachers responsible for teaching SEN groups/individuals on a part-time basis.
  • Teaching Assistants and HLTAs mainly working with either individual children or small groups.
  • Teaching Assistants or HLTAs offering support for children with emotional and social development through our Nurture Group

Local Authority Provision delivered in school

Additional support and advice can be gained from the following services. This may be on a short- or long-term basis, depending on the needs of the child: 

  • Autism & ADHD Advisory Teaching Service 

  • SEND Specialist Hubs (commissioned by the LA and based at educational settings across the city, providing specialist placements, training, resources, peer to peer support in their focus area) 

  • Early Support Pathway and access to Early Years Specialist Inclusion Team (Reception year only) 

  • Sensory and Physical Support Service (for children with visual, hearing and physical needs)  

  • Parent Partnership Service 

Health Provision delivered in school

Additional support and advice can be gained from the following services. This may be on a short- or long-term basis, depending on the needs of the child: 

  • Speech and Language Therapy input to provide a higher level of service to the school 

  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service (EHWS) 

  • School Nursing Team 

  • Occupational Therapy 

  • Physiotherapy 

  • Peterborough Integrated Children’s Health Service (Community Paediatrics) – providing assessment and management for children with physical disabilities, developmental disorders and complex needs 

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs) 

How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with SEND, and what training do the teachers have?

The SENCo’s job is to support the class teacher in planning for children with SEN.

  • The school provides training and support to enable all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children, including those with SEN. This includes whole school training on SEN issues, such as Dyslexia and speech and language difficulties.
  • Individual teachers and support staff attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class, e.g. from the sensory service or Autism Outreach Team.
  • The SENCO attends regular network meetings with the other OWN Trust SENCOs where updates and training are disseminated.  

How will the teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?

Class teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.

  • Support staff, under the direction of the class teacher, can adapt planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
  • Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
  • Planning and teaching will be adapted, on a daily basis if needed, to meet your child’s learning needs.

How will we measure the progress of your child in school?

  • Your child’s progress will be monitored by his/her class teacher on an ongoing basis to support their learning.  

  • His/her progress will be reviewed formally by the child’s class teacher at least every term in reading, writing and mathematics.  

  • Progress of your child will be tracked by the SENCO after the formal review.  

  • At the end of each key stage (Reception year, Year 2 and Year 6) all children are required to be formally assessed using statutory assessments issued by the government. Results are published nationally. In Year 1, children complete the Phonics Screening Check and in Year 4, there is a formalised test of children’s multiplication knowledge.  

  • Children receiving SEN Support in school will have their provision mapped out on a class provision map, completed by the class teacher. The provision map outlines the target of any intervention and describes any adaptations that are being made to support your child in their learning.  

  • Where necessary, children will have an Assess, Plan, Do Review Plan (APDR) based on targets set by the class teacher and outside agencies specific to their needs. You will be invited in to meet with the class teacher (and SENCO if needed); targets will be set with you and your child and designed to accelerate learning and close the gap. Progress against these targets will be reviewed regularly, evidence for judgements assessed and the APDR Plan adapted as part of an ongoing cycle.  

  • The progress of children with a EHC Plan will be formally reviewed at an Annual Review with all adults involved with the child’s education. 

  • The SENCO will also check that your child is making good progress within any individual work/intervention and in any group that they take part in by reviewing the class provision maps.  

  • Book scrutinies and intervention records will be monitored as well as learning walks/drop ins carried out, by members of the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure that the needs of all children are met and that the quality of teaching and learning is high. 

What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with SEND?

  • The class teacher is regularly available to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns you may have and to share information about what is working well at home and school, so that similar strategies can be used. 

  • The SENCO/Inclusion Leader is available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress or any concerns/worries you may have. 

  • All information from outside professionals will be discussed with you with the person involved directly, or where this is not possible, in a report.  

  • Targets set on class provision maps will be shared with you every term.  

  • Assess, Plan, Do, Review Plans will be written and reviewed with yours and your child’s involvement at least every term. 

  • Homework will be adjusted as needed to your child’s individual requirements. 

How is Nene Valley Primary School accessible to children with SEND?

  • The school is fully compliant with Disability Discrimination Act requirements.
  • The school is on a single-level with easy access and ramps.
  • There are two disabled toilets and a shower area.
  • We ensure where-ever possible that equipment used is accessible to all children regardless of their needs.
  • After-school provision is accessible to all children, including those with SEN.
  • Extra-curricular activities are accessible for children with SEN.

How will we support your child when they are joining this school? Leaving this school? Or moving on to another class?

We recognise that transitions can be difficult for a child with SEN, and we take steps to ensure that any transition is a smooth as possible.

If your child is joining us from another school:

  • The SENCo will visit pre-schools with the Foundation Stage Leader when appropriate.
  • If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.
  • Your child will be able to visit our school and stay for a taster session, if this is appropriate.

If your child is moving to another school:

  • We will contact the school SENCo and ensure he/she knows about any special arrangements or support that need to be made for your child. Where possible, a planning meeting will take place with the SENCo from the new school.
  • We will make sure that all records about your child are passed on as soon as possible.
  • If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.

When moving classes in school:

  • Information, stored in class SEN folders, will be passed on to the new class teacher in advance and, before the end of the year, a transition meeting will take place with the new teacher where your child’s needs and next steps will be shared with the new teacher to ensure continuity in their provision. 

  • If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.  

In Year 6:

  • The SENCo will discuss the specific needs of your child with the SENCo of the child’s secondary school. In most cases, a transition review meeting to which you will be invited will take place with the SENCo from the new school.
  • Your child will participate in focused learning relating to aspects of transition, to support their understanding of the changes ahead.
  • Where possible, your child will visit their new school on several occasions, and in some cases staff from the new school will visit your child in this school.
  • If your child would be helped by a book/passport to support them in understand moving on, then one will be made for them.

How will we support your child’s emotion and social development?

We recognise that some children have extra emotional and social needs that need to be developed and nurtured. These needs can manifest themselves in a number of ways, including behavioural difficulties, anxiousness, and being uncommunicative.

All classes follow a structured PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum to support this development. However, for those children who find aspects of this difficult we offer:

  • Where appropriate, a support group to improve self-confidence, support with loss or develop social skills.
  • Teaching Assistants specifically trained to support your child’s emotional needs.
  • Where needed lunchtime and playtime support through planned activities and groups – normally overseen by Midday Supervisors.

If your child still needs extra support, and through discussion with you, the SENCO will access further support through the Early Help process. For more information about this process, please see the LA Local Offer -  


Nene Valley Primary School SEND Updates