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Special Educational Needs

Our school SENDCO is Mrs Walker. If you would like to talk to her about any concerns you might have about your child, you can contact her via the school office on 01916433400 or

Intent At St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that all children are entitled to receive a high-quality education regardless of their needs or disabilities. We believe that it is vital that our children are equipped with the knowledge, skills and language needed to become independent learners, both inside and outside the classroom. Pupils with SEND who attend St Bernadette's can expect to receive an education that enables them to achieve the best possible outcomes and become confident communicators who are able to articulate their own opinions, needs and views, so they can become active participants in their world and not merely observers. 

Through our first-quality teaching, planning and provision we: 

  • Ensure that needs are identified as early as possible and the right support is put into place 
  • Ensure that all children have access to a broad and rich curriculum provision which is appropriately adapted, where necessary, to enable children to succeed 
  • Insist on an unrelenting commitment from all staff to ensuring all pupils will read at an age-related standard at the earliest possible time 
  • Develop children’s independence and resilience 
  • Regularly monitor the progress of children with SEND and respond with targeted support in a timely manner 
  • Work closely with parents, carers and pupils
  • Work closely with external agencies and other professionals to ensure that there is a collaborative approach to support children with SEND. 

Implementation At St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, every teacher is a teacher of SEND. Therefore, our aim is to ensure that pupils with SEND will: 

  • Be provided with first quality teaching, adapted to meet their needs 
  • Be included in all aspects of the school day 
  • Have specific 1:1 or small group support (if this need is identified or recommended)
  • Access interventions consistently as recommended by external professionals 
  • Access social, emotional and mental health interventions such as THRIVE, Socially Speaking or Time to Talk 
  • Be referred to external professionals such as Speech & Language, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Children & Adolescent Mental Health team, Communication and Language team and the Specific Literacy Difficulty team in a timely manner following a specific need being identified. 

Impact As a result of the provision above, children at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School will: 

  • Achieve well
  • Feel seen, heard and included
  • Feel safe, secure and cared for 
  • Show confidence and resilience in the classroom 
  • Demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities 
  • Make good progress from their starting points 
  • Develop independence and skills to support them throughout life 

Below you can find the SEN Information Report for our school which will provide you with more detail about how we ensure full inclusion for all pupils. Additionally, our Special Educational Needs Policy and some FAQ are attached. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrs Walker, our school SENDco. You can phone the school office on 0191 643 3400 or email to contact her.

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