Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

This page is designed to inform you of the types of support available for your child at North Newton Community Primary School.

We hope the information below will help you understand who can help you and how you can access support.

Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning / Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)?

The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) is responsible for:
  • Coordinating all support for children with special educational needs (SEN) and developing the school’s SEN Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
Together with the class teacher ensuring that parents/carers are:
  • involved in supporting your child’s learning
  • kept informed about the support your child is getting
  • involved in reviewing how they are doing
  • part of planning ahead for them.
  • liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology
  • Updating the school’s SEN register (a system for ensuring all the SEN needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs
  • To provide specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help your child (and other pupils with SEN in the school) achieve the best possible progress in school.
Class Teachers are responsible for:
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work, additional support) and letting the SENCO know as necessary.
  • Ensuring all staff working with your child are supported to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources.
  • Ensuring all school policies, including the SEN policy are followed in their classroom, and for all the pupils they teach with any SEN.

The Headteacher is responsible for:
  • Day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEN.
  • Giving responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  • Ensuring the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEN.
SEN Governor is responsible for:
  • Making sure the necessary support is made for any child who attends the school who has SEN.
  • Support and monitor SEN within the school and report back to Governors
Where is Somerset Send’s local offer published?

Quality first teaching underpins all educational provision. It focuses on inclusive practice and breaks down barriers to learning. For the majority of children this can be achieved by identifying specific barriers, followed by personalisation and differentiation using strategies as identified in the Somerset Graduated Response Tool. The Somerset Graduated Response Tool breaks down SEN into four broad areas of need. This targets specific support for teachers to plan and for any interventions to take place. You can learn more about the Somerset Graduated Response at: