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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 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 policy

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.

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 –

Twitter –

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.

Stamma –  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.

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

Parent courses

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: 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).






Welcome to our Special Educational Needs and Disability’s (SEND) page.  We understand that there is a lot of information around SEND and so if you would like any further clarification, please contact our Inclusion Leader, Mrs Kemp by calling the school office or emailing  Our Inclusion Leader oversees the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND Policy and co-ordinates the provision for children with a SEND. At Manland, we are committed to ensuring all children reach their full potential and become confident learners, ready to take the next steps in their journey to becoming a young adult.  We understand that for children with a SEND, effective support and needs based provisioning is essential. We therefore work closely with the child and parents and carers to ensure we are assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing the needs of any child with a SEND in line with the SEND Code of Practice (January 2015). If you would like to contact Mrs Kemp, the Inclusion Leader, you can call the school office or email We have some documents that you may find helpful:-

SEND Policy

We recognise that many pupils will have special needs at some time during their school life. This policy is a statement of the aims, practices and strategies we have agreed at Manland Primary School to support children who have, or may have, a special educational need or disability and their families.

SEND Information Report (School Offer)

This report will help you to understand how Manland School implements our SEND Policy.  You can use this document to find out more about how we assess, plan, implement and review processes to support children who have, or may have, a SEND and their families. This document also contains the different provisions we have in place to support children with a SEND.

Please note this report is different from the Local Offer which is written by the Local Authority and outlines Hertfordshire County Council’s offer for children with a SEND.

HCC Local Offer

Accessibility Plan

The aim of this plan is to ensure that the Manland Primary seeks to provide accessibility to learning for all children who are allocated to the school, irrespective of special need or disability.

Useful Websites

At Manland we are committed to Inclusion. We hope that you will find the following websites useful. They are recognised as valuable sources of information for parents and teachers. The Inclusion pages show what Hertfordshire has to offer to both schools and parents for all children whatever their needs.

Specific Learning Difficulties As a school we are supported by Windermere Specific Learning Difficulties Base which gives us advice and support for pupils who have dyslexic or dyspraxic tendencies. Additionally there are a number of organisations who offer support for parents and carers of children. For those affected by dyslexia, it can be very difficult, and confusing as to where to turn for advice, guidance, help and support. The following websites are respected organisations that offer assistance, advice and support. Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK’s leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. This is a very good source of information fro both parents and teachers. In the parents section they have links to a large number of organisations including Waterstones Books where you will find books that have been approved by Dyslexia Action. (British Dyslexia Association) This is another national charity that provides advice and support to teachers and parents. This site also includes information about dyscalculia. The North Hertfordshire branch of the BDA is now called Dyslexia Matters. The group are based in Letchworth and run a number of courses for those who are interested. They also have a page with approved tutors. The Dyspraxia Foundation gives support to individuals and families affected by dyspraxia. On the site contact details can be found for a support group in Hertfordshire. This site is good  for lots of practical advice for home and school. It includes short videos of how to better support handwriting and posture skills. The Dystalk website is also very useful and contains links to free online resources which support various study skills.

Autism  (National Autistic Society) The National Autistic Society is a very active organisation and produces a wealth of excellent advice for parents and teachers. The Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of Asperger’s Syndrome. The Foundation aims to promote high quality support and services, and to enable people with Asperger’s syndrome to develop into members of the community who are respected for their contribution and recognised for their unique differences.

Downs Syndrome This site has a lot of information and offers support and advice to parents and teachers as well as useful links to other organisations, training and publications. Downs Syndrome Research and Practice: Yet again a very useful site.

Handwriting They aim to: raise awareness of handwriting as a crucial component of literacy and to promote and foster good practice in the teaching of handwriting and to provide support for those working with children and adults who have handwriting difficulties.

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