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Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator:  Mrs A. Zaman

Contact School Tel: 01282 614834. Option 3           



In the first instance please contact your child's class teacher. If you would like to contact me then please do not hesitate in doing so on the details above or in school. I am happy to discuss your child's progress, targeted learning plan (TLP), intervention or anything else related to Special Educational Needs and/or Disability.


Special Educational Needs and Disability Governor: Mr Farhan Khaliq


Walverden Primary school is a fully inclusive school and aims to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met through the provision of a differentiated curriculum, in which teaching styles, resources and tasks set are adapted appropriately. Pupils are usually supported within the classroom, withdrawing them only for occasional small group or individual work when appropriate. However, some pupils may have additional needs and require extra support to enable them to reach their full potential. These might include pupils within the four main areas of needs. 




What are Special Educational Needs or Disabilities?

All children and young people may experience learning difficulties at some point. This is not unusual. For most children the difficulties are temporary and are soon overcome with help and encouragement from home and school.

The term ‘Special Educational Needs’ is used to describe learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for children to learn than most children of the same age. Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are likely to need extra or different help from that given to other children their age. This help is known as special educational provision.

Children are not considered to have SEN just because their first language is not English, although some children for whom English is not a second language may also have learning difficulties.


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability


What happens if my child has SEND?

The first and most important thing to remember is that all children with SEN are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and suitable education which includes the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (for children aged 3 to 5) or the National Curriculum (for children aged 5 to 16).

Most children with SEN have their needs met in a mainstream school or early settings, although some children with more complex needs benefit from the more specialist help offered in a ‘special’ school.

If you feel that your child is struggling or requires support then please arrange an appointment with your child's class teacher. Your child's class teacher will provide you with the relevant information and what additional support may be offered. If your child is significantly behind age related expectation then a cause for concern form will be completed and handed in to the SENDCo to assess what further support can be provided. Your views and involvement are important to this process. 

We support all of our pupils to be fully included in all aspects of school life.   




SEND Code of Practice

All schools must have regard to the ‘Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years’ in relation to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


The current Code of Practice implements, amongst other criteria, a greater focus on the support available to allow pupils with SEND to succeed in their education and make successful transitions to adulthood. 


All pupils are entitled to a high-quality education that is appropriate to their needs, promotes high standards and the fulfilment of potential. An education of this kind enables pupils to:

  • Achieve to their full potential.
  • Become confident individuals who live fulfilling lives.
  • Make successful transitions into adulthood, whether this is into employment, further/higher education or training.


At Walverden Primary School, we have a wide range of tailored provision that includes:

  • Visual timetables in every room
  • Targeted teaching and interventions
  • 1:1 and group teaching
  • A small sensory room within the Infant building
  • SEND Support at Lunchtime specifically for our EHCP children
  • Pastoral support from our Care team
  • Visual symbols for communication
  • Speech and Language support
  • A range of resources specific to the need


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