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:
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)
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
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
a visual instruction app, including flash cards and picture-choosing games, for children with autism and special needs.
a collection of games and resources designed for a range of educational needs and stages. It includes provision for school closure.
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.
an all-in-one app created to support people with communication and learning difficulties. For verbal and non-verbal learners.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
a range of downloadable resources and instructional strategies to support blind and visually impaired pupils. Suitable for parents and teachers.
online support and information aimed at supporting parents with young autistic children. Information and ideas to support the implementation of autism specific teaching methods.