SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
Welcome to the Special Educational Needs section of the school website.
Our Inclusion Leader is Mrs Claire Kemp. With the support of the Headteacher and Governing Body, our role is to work with parents and staff in school. We work together to develop effective ways of overcoming barriers to learning and promote high quality teaching for children including those with any additional needs to ensure that all children can access the curriculum and make progress.
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
Mrs Kemp works closely with our specialist teaching assistant Mrs Hose. They are available to talk to by phone or in person with an appointment. You can contact them by emailing email@example.com. Please note Mrs Kemp’s working days are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week.
There is a wealth of support for parents and carers in the school and local area. Please scroll down for further information. At the bottom of the page are the current parent support networks, as well as parent workshops and training. You will also find useful documents giving advice on how you can support your child if they have a special educational need. If you can’t find what you are looking for, just call or email Mrs Kemp, Mrs Hose via the school office.
For information on how the school supports children with special educational needs please look at the school’s SEND Information Report and SEND Policy below:
– SEND information report
- SEND Information Report (230KB)
– SEND policy
- SEND and Inclusion Policy (666KB)
Additionally, there are links below for parent/carer support ad training that you can find out more about and access directly.
Hertfordshire SEND Services
There is a support page for parents with lots of local information on support groups and training opportunities.
Family Support workers to help parents and children access services and support.
- Families First
Families First is the term used in Hertfordshire for services that work together to support families who need extra help. These are also known as early help services. Families First can help find early help and information to prevent issues from getting worse. Families First is available to all Hertfordshire families with children under 18 (25 if they have a learning need or disability).
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service.) Impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and young people and children with SEND.
The Hertfordshire SEND Local Offer
This is a one-stop shop for information, support, services and activities available for children and young people with special educational needs, and their families.
From this page you can find all the different types of support that parents and carers of children and young people with SEND might be able to access, including information on support groups, mental health, parenting courses and how to access services such as SENDIASS.
This page explains what the role of a SENCO is, and how parents and SENCOs can work together to achieve the best results for a pupil. It may help you to work with a parent and set out for them what to expect and how to ensure things run smoothly.
This page is designed to help parents whose children’s attendance is low due to anxiety and has advice on how to support them and where to go for help.
This page has contact details of the different SEND services, including details of Advice Line for EPs, the SLCA team, the SpLD team and others.
- New to SEND (hertfordshire.gov.uk)
- This page has information and advice for those whose children have just been diagnosed with SEND or have suspected SEND.
Speech and Language Development
This service offers a child- and family-centred approach to support CYP with speech, language, communication needs (SLCN) and those with eating and drinking difficulties in Hertfordshire. The website has the dates and times of Drop-In Clinics for children under the age of 5.
Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line
Contact the service:
Telephone – 01923 470680 option 3, option 2
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter – twitter.com/Herts_CYPT
Advice Line – 01923 470680 option 3, option 1
This is a dedicated telephone number which parents, carers and professionals can call to speak to a therapist about a new referral or a child’s development. Please leave a message on the Advice Line and a therapist will contact you. Calls are responded to by a therapist on weekdays.
This resource helps children, young people and adults who stammer through individually tailored therapy delivered by highly experienced specialists.
Commission the MPC to deliver specialist assessments and therapies that change the lives of children and young people who stammer. You can find useful facts, tips and information about stammering here. However, if you would like further information, simply contact the helpline run by the Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children or click on the ‘Need to Talk?’ icon at the top of the page.
The UK charity for people who stammer and their supporters. Find out what stammering is and what you can do if you’re concerned when your child starts stammering.
You can also download information leaflets for pre-school children or school-aged children. Order free physical copies at the shop.
Autism and Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
ADD-vance – A Hertfordshire based charity that supports parents and carers with children who have a diagnosis of, or traits of ADHD, Autism or related conditions.
ADDISS is the National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service. Their website offers resources for carers, young people and teachers.
A parent-led support group for parents and carers of children with ADHD/Autism.
This is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Potential Kids is an award winning charity based in Welwyn/Hatfield providing learning, social and sports opportunities to neurodiverse children and young people. They support children and young people with Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Tourette Syndrome and other similar conditions.
Supports families of children and young people who are autistic, have ADHD or other neurodiverse conditions. Space is designed to help you navigate local services, build confidence, share knowledge and enjoy social opportunities and activities where you, your children and young people can ‘be themselves’.
Specific Learning Difficulties
These include difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and/or mathematics. It also includes problems with the speed of processing information, with working memory, organisational skills, phonological awareness and co-ordination.
SEND Advice for Parents/Carers
Please see attachments below, which provide information about how you can support your child at home if they have a specific learning difficulty.
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Maths – Supporting your child at home.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Maths – Useful websites to support your child with maths difficulties at home.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Reading – Supporting your child with reading difficulties at home.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Reading – Free online resources to support learners with phonics.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Spelling – Supporting your child with spelling difficulties at home.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Writing – Alternatives to Writing.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Writing – Helping your child to generate ideas for writing.pdf
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Handwriting – Handwriting difficulties and what to do.docx
SEND SPLD Advice pages\Handwriting – Supporting your child with handwriting difficulties at home.pdf
Courses available through DSPL7. The page is updated regularly with new events, support and courses.
Please see the list of courses available.
BeeZee Bodies – nutritionists and behaviour change experts who run weight management programmes for children and their families across Hertfordshire starting w/c 18 January. All services are currently running online. For further information and referral criteria you can view the link above or contact them by email: email@example.com or by phone: 01707 248648
Siblings First is a therapeutic programme for primary aged brothers, sisters and parents of children with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).