Special Educational Needs

The coordination of this comes under the umbrella of Inclusion. Provision is delivered for all children, including those with specific needs and challenge for all.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Information Report

Whole School Provision Offer

Burnside Primary School is a fully inclusive school which ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally.  We strive to ensure quality first teaching is applied across the whole curriculum, using a range of different teaching strategies, resources and activities.

Our School Offer helps  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 regularly through SEN reviews, parents’ evenings and informal meetings. These can be prompted by parents, teachers or external professionals.

How will school support my child and their additional needs?

Children are identified as having a special educational need when their level of progress has become a cause for concern. 

As a school we recognise the importance of early intervention and therefore ensure that when a child is identified as having a special educational need we put further support and strategies in place quickly and effectively.  We also ensure that the support and strategies are specific to the child’s individual needs.  A child with a special educational need may be supported in a number of ways:

  • by in class quality first teaching by the class teacher with appropriate strategies in place
  • in a small group within the classroom with a teaching assistant
  • on an individual basis within the classroom with a teaching assistant
  • in a small group in a room outside the classroom with specially trained teaching assistants or teacher
  • on an individual basis in a room outside the classroom with specially trained teaching assistants or teacher

Children may also be referred to outside agencies where a professional who is more skilled in dealing with specific difficulties will become involved with the child.  Some children may also be given an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Who will explain this to me?

Miss Lloyd our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) oversees all support and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school. 

We will let families know about any concerns about a pupil’s learning by contacting and arranging an information meeting to discuss next steps.  Class teachers will liaise with the SENDCo to discuss matters further through Pupil Progress meetings, which take place each half term to assess progress and identify any further needs.

What support is provided for my child?

When a pupil is identified as having special educational needs, we support their development and progress by monitoring the support given to them and all children with additional needs every half term.  We review the use of strategies and resources to maximise the effectiveness.  Small group work, individual support and support within the classroom should ensure a child meets their individual targets. 

If a child is not yet on the SEND register but is showing little progression, intervention will be put in place by the class teacher and they will receive quality first teaching to target their need(s).  Intervention is monitored using assessments; this will inform the class teacher and SENDCo if the child is making expected progress or if they need on-going, different or further support.

Support staff are placed where they are needed throughout the school to ensure pupil progress and independence.  One-to-one and small group work is encouraged where needed to support individual needs. Interventions are put into place where and when needed and these are reviewed on a regular basis.

Who will support my child?

The other people / agencies and teams providing services to children with a special educational need / disability in school include:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Team
  • Language and Communication Team
  • Children’s Services
  • Occupational Therapist     
  • Sensory Services
  • Public Health
  • Education Welfare Officer

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 scheduled transition days to the local secondary schools and further visits for vulnerable children; we liaise with staff, including SENDCos of the receiving schools.  Should children need to transfer to specialist provision a transition plan will be put in place.   

What training have the staff supporting children with additional needs had / are currently having?

  • Miss Lloyd completed the Emotional Literacy Support, ELSA, training in Autumn 2019
  • Some of our TA's are on the waiting list for Talk Boost Training in Spring 2021
  • Autism Awareness Training is planned with the Local Authority for all teaching and support staff 


Miss Lloyd our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator provides advice and guidance to staff in relation to any concerns which may arise.  Miss Lloyd has gained The National Award for SEN Coordination (NASC).

How will my family be supported?

Our school works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside of school. In school we also have an open door policy which allows parents to feel welcome in school. 

If you have any concerns about your child’s special educational needs or disability, their progress or the support you receive, we would ask that you to come into school and discuss matters further with your child’s class teacher and / or the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.