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Children With Additional Needs

At Gateford Park Primary School we believe that all children should be valued equally within a climate of support.


All children may experience difficulties with their learning at some stage in their educational career. Special Education Needs may arise in any pupil at any intellectual level and may stem from learning, behavioural, emotional, social and physical problems. In implementing this policy we believe pupils will be helped to overcome these difficulties. 


We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.


The fundamental principles of the school policy are that all children have the right to a broad and balanced curriculum. We will value individual children’s strengths and try to help them develop to their full potential. We will try to promote life-long learning.


Our aims to achieve this are:

  • To provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to the individual’s needs and ability
  • To undertake identification of all pupils requiring SEN provision as early as possible in their school career
  • To enable SEN pupils to take as fully part as possible in all school activities
  • To ensure that parents of SEN pupils are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment
  • To ensure that SEN pupils are involved, where practicable , in decisions affecting their future SEN position
  • To ensure vulnerable pupils ie. pupils who are looked after, have free school dinners, Gypsy Roma Travellers, pupils who are under social care or have health issues or persistent absentees receive the support needed to achieve


The SEND/Behaviour/Inclusion team leader at Gateford Park is Clare Hibbert. Other team members are:


Paula Doyle (Headteacher)

Geoff Young (Chair of Governors)

Jacob Boulton (Year 3 teacher)

SEND Information Report 2024-2025

Special Educational Needs Policy

Useful websites for SEND and Inclusion

Regular meetings with an experienced professional, provides opportunities for parents and school to discuss the needs of a child. The experienced staff member will have the knowledge to refer/signpost parents to services/groups that are relevant for their child’s needs.

Alternatively parents can access Nottinghamshire’s local offer website which contains information about services available to families. This can be found at:



Useful websites for SEND and Inclusion


National Oak Academy Specialist   https://classroom.thenational.academy/specialist

BBC Bitesize SEND Toolkit   https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zh9v382

The Maths Factor  https://www.themathsfactor.com/


Resources and Support:

SEN Resource Source      https://www.senresourcesource.co.uk/

Regenerate (Autism)     http://www.regeneratecic.co.uk/

SEN Resources Blog      https://senresourcesblog.com/

Special Needs Jungle     https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/

Chatterpack                   https://chatterpack.net/

Sensory Circuits           https://www.cpft.nhs.uk/Documents/Miscellaneous/Sensory%20Motor%20Circuits.pdf

ADHD Northwest   http://adhdnorthwest.org.uk/



Greatminds Together   https://greatmindstogether.co.uk/

NottAlone     https://nottalone.org.uk/?a=pc



Outside Agencies and Services:

CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)


CAMHS Apps  https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/apps-1

CAMHS Websites  https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/websites

CAMHS Downloads  https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/downloads

CAMHS Videos     https://www.camhs-resources.co.uk/videos

Daisy Chain    https://www.daisychainproject.co.uk/


SEND: apps and games

Website: http://www.brainparade.com/products/see-touch-learn-free/

Description: a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.



Website: https://www.helpkidzlearn.com/

Description: a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.


Sensory App House Ltd

Website: https://www.sensoryapphouse.com/

Description: a range of apps are available for pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) or Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD). All are interactive and many do not require significant coordination abilities.



Website: https://www.visuals2go.com/

Description: an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.


SEND: online, downloadable and printable resources

Active Learn Primary

Website: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/

Description: the Rapid Reading and Rapid Phonics programmes focus on accelerating progress in reading skills for pupils with dyslexia and with low levels of literacy. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

Registration: is required


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf

Description: a downloadable guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption. Designed for teachers, but suitable for parents too.

Registration: not required


Charles Dickens Primary

Website: http://www.charlesdickens.southwark.sch.uk/

Description: the Jenny Wren Virtual School SEN Hub offers daily lessons for pupils with moderate learning difficulties, focusing on Makaton and a daily activity to complete with a parent or teacher.

Registration: not required


Inclusive Teach

Website: https://inclusiveteach.com/free-printable-sen-teaching-resources/

Description: downloadable and printable accessible teaching resources for parents and teachers to support pupils with a range of SEND needs, including Autism, PMLD, SLCN, MLD, SLD

Registration: not required


Priory Woods School

Website: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page/?title=Resources&pid=3

Description: resources from an award-winning, innovative school, rated by Ofsted as outstanding and put together by SEND teachers for parents and teachers. The resources include apps and programmes.

Registration: not required


SENict Activities

Website: https://www.ianbean.co.uk/senict-members-resource-portal

Description: downloadable activities aimed particularly at learners with PMLD, SLD and those who are learning to use assistive technology to access the curriculum. Suitable for parents and teachers.

Registration: not required


SEN Teacher

Website: https://www.senteacher.org/

Description: downloadable and printable resources that can be adapted to suit the needs of pupils. Resources are aimed at a range of abilities. Website has over 300,000 regular users and is suitable for both parents and teachers.

Registration: not required


Speech and Language Kids

Website: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-speech-language-resources/

Description: an extensive range of education and therapy resources for parents and teachers of children with speech and language problems. A podcast is also available on iTunes for verbal and non-verbal children.

Registration: not required


Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Website: https://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/

Description: a range of downloadable resources and instructional strategies to support blind and visually impaired pupils. Suitable for parents and teachers.

Registration: is required


The Autism Page

Website: https://www.theautismpage.com/

Description: online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young autistic children. Information and ideas to support the implementation of autism specific teaching methods.

Registration: not required



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