Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers understand this and so will adapt their teaching in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. This means that most children will learn in the classroom without any additional support.
However, sometimes children need additional support to access the curriculum for a variety of reasons and will therefore have a special educational need. Special educational needs arise for a number of reasons. It may be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children there may be a specific difficulty. For example, they may be having problems with reading, maths or behaviour. All special educational needs can be supported with additional provision. At St. Mary's, this additional provision is formalised in an IEP (Individual Education Plan). This plan outlines the support and approaches which will be used with the child.
If this is required, staff at school will liaise with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) and parents to ensure appropriate provision is put in place and that all involved with the child are working together. If necessary the SENDCo will also complete referrals to specific agencies, for example Speech and Language therapy.
If you have any concerns about your child, please talk to their class teacher in the first instance.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo):
Mrs. P. Burraway
Contact via: 01525 860206 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Burraway is an experienced SENDCo and is fully qualified, having achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination from the University of Bedfordshire. Mrs. Burraway is also the Deputy Headteacher at St. Mary's so is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team at the school.
Mrs. Bingley, the Headteacher, also holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination from the University of Bedfordshire, so can deputise for Mrs. Burraway if required.
Miss Fletcher is also currently working towards her National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination and is beginning to work alongside Mrs. Burraway.
Mrs. Hayes, our Nursery Manager, is currently studying for her Level 3 Certificate for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators in Early Years and is also beginning to work alongside Mrs. Burraway.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Governors are:
Mrs. E. Thoulass and Mrs. K. Maxfield
Special Educational Needs and Disability Documentation:
Please also see our SEND policy and Accessibility Plan 2019-2022 which can be found in the Policies section of our website.
Central Bedfordshire Council: SEND Local Offer
Information about Central Bedfordshire Council's SEND Local Offer can be found here: