Hackthorn CE Primary School – SEN Information Report


The school aims to meet the needs of each and every child, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, so that they may reach their full potential and enjoy their learning.

Who is responsible for ensuring this happens?

All staff in school support our work for children with SEND. Some staff, however, have specific duties:

– Mrs Jill Reeve is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

– Mrs Roxi Burkitt is our Special Educational Needs (SEN) governor.

Your first point of contact should usually be the class teacher, but you are very welcome to make appointments with Mrs Reeve or Mrs Appleby, the Head teacher. Mrs Clark, in the school office, will arrange an appointment or pass on important information.

How do we know which children might need extra help?

We gather information in a variety of ways:

– Liaison with parents and settings before your child starts with us

– Observations of learning and behaviour in class

– Termly reviews of attainment and progress

– Concerns raised by parents

– Health reports from medical agencies or other outside services

– Assessments undertaken by the SENCO

What training do school staff have?

Mrs Reeve (SENCO) holds the National SENCO award and is an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) qualified to assess Dyslexia.

Miss Ranyard (Teaching Assistant) is trained in Literacy Interventions (Hornet and the Nessy Learning Programme)

Mrs Hartley (Teaching Assistant) is an Early Years Specialist

Mrs Appleby (Head teacher) leads on Literacy

Mrs Dodson (KS1/Foundation Stage Leader) leads on Numeracy and Phonics

Staff also receive training from our SENCO and outside agencies.

Which professionals do we use for specialist advice?

– Mrs Clarke (Educational Psychologist) visits our school termly.

– Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) contact school termly for case referrals

– Mr Ashton (Pathways service) works with individual children exhibiting Social and Emotional Health difficulties

– Mrs Veail (Working Together Outreach) works with staff to help them support children with Autism or Social Communication difficulties

– Mrs Reeve regularly consults with medical professionals, including paediatricians

– School can access support from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team (CAMHS)

How are children with SEND supported?

Mrs Reeve (SENCO), together with the Senior Leadership Team, oversees the support of all children with SEND. Lessons in class are routinely differentiated to take into account the differing needs of all children. The Teaching Assistant may provide extra small group support in class. TAs or Mrs Reeve will work 1:1 on targeted intervention work for those with more complex needs. This work will be reviewed regularly to measure its success in terms of your child’s progress. Extra resources (eg writing slopes or adapted pens) may be purchased for individuals.

How is the school’s SEND budget used?

The budget for SEND varies from year to year. The school governors look at this budget annually and plan how it is to be used to benefit all the children on the SEND register. The funding is usually divided up between TA support, resources and training. If children have been assessed as having higher level complex needs, they may have access to additional funding from the Local Authority to help meet those needs.






How are parents involved in their child’s learning at school?

Parental involvement is central to our values at Hackthorn CE Primary School. If your child is on our SEND register, the class teacher and the SENCO will meet with you 3 times a year to discuss your child’s welfare, targets and progress. This is in addition to the usual parents’ evenings for all children. Included in the discussion will be what you might be able to do to support key skills and targets at home. The school has an ‘open door’ policy, where you may request and meet staff more regularly if you need to. Parents are regularly invited into school to celebrate their child’s activities and achievements through events such as school performances, Good works assemblies, school fairs and Christmas services.

How accessible is the school?

The teaching areas are all on one level and the main school entrance is wheelchair accessible. The classrooms however, have restricted space. If a child needed to use a wheelchair on a permanent basis, the school would need to look how this might be accommodated. The school would have to liaise with the appropriate Local Authority Officer to see if building modifications were possible, if needed.

How will the school support my child through key transitions?

Most children in our school transfer to our local secondary school, William Farr comprehensive school. There are several induction events across KS2 to enable all children to become familiar with their new environment and key teaching staff. If your child is on the SEND register, they will be offered ‘enhanced’ transition arrangements and the SENCO, Mrs Leah, will be invited to review meetings prior to transfer. Items such as ‘photobooks’ can be prepared if your child needs this support. We will, of course, make similar arrangements with any other school your child is transferring to.

If you have any further questions regarding our school’s SEND provision, please speak to Mrs Clark in our school office who will direct you to Mrs Appleby or Mrs Reeve.

You may also wish to refer to the school’s SEND Policy on our school website.

J Reeve Feb 2016