Special Educational Needs Provision

A Special Needs Code of Practice gives practical guidance on how to identify and assess children with special educational needs.  All early education settings, state schools and LAs must take account of this code when they are dealing with children who have special educational needs (SEN).

The School’s Co-ordinator for Special Needs is Mrs Hamilton and the Governor responsible is Mrs McLean.

We follow the DfE Code of Practice and our school policy is available on request.  Our Local Offer is also available below.  This gives you details of the programmes and support we offer in school.  Our aim is to provide children with special needs with an individual health and care plan with clear targets towards which they can work.  Whatever a child’s learning difficulty we hope that they can develop their full potential in a positive, caring learning atmosphere.

The school uses a variety of strategic resources to identify Special Educational Needs, ie teacher observation, parental observation, child’s own perceptions, pre-school information from Health Authorities and standardised public screens.  The intellectual, physical and social development of each child will be assessed and appropriate provision will be made based on the assessment.  This will be reviewed on a regular basis in consultation with parents and other relevant bodies.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – Information report

Wylam First School is a purpose built First School comprising five classrooms, a resource room, a hall, kitchen, administrative area and a 26 place nursery.  The school has an excellent playing field, which is used extensively throughout the year as well as a separate Nursery playground, an orchard, an allotment and a new ECO area.

Our school delivers an innovative and creative curriculum from Nursery to year 4 whereby there are opportunities for thematic, cross-curricular learning which is progressive across the Key Stages.  We also set out to develop a matrix of skills which we believe are essential to the development of all learners and are transferable.

We are an inclusive school and our aim is to ensure that we successfully and happily integrate pupils with SEND.  We strongly believe that both early identification and intervention is vital.  The school currently offers the following range of provision to support children with SEND through our timetabled provision management.

Emotional Wellbeing and Support

Wylam First School believes strongly in promoting positive emotional wellbeing, self-confidence and a feeling of self-worth to all pupils. We provide an environment in which all children can feel safe and secure. Pupils learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are met allowing them to achieve their full potential. We believe that a balanced child works well.

What does a Nurture Group at Wylam First School look like?

Pupils may need additional emotional support outside of the normal classroom environment. Our nurture groups are held in the Willow Room, providing a quiet, relaxed place to learn. A group can have up to 6 children and is led by 1  key worker. Sessions will take place once a week and last around 30 minutes.

What areas are covered in a Nurture Group?

Nurture groups are held on one afternoon at Wylam First School . The following topics may be covered:

  • Building self-esteem and confidence
  • Understanding and managing emotions; how they affect our thoughts and behaviour.
  • Promoting awareness of other’s feelings, developing empathy and helping to make positive relationship.
  • Friendship skills and peaceful problem solving
  • Managing worries, anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Developing social skills e.g. listening, turn taking, communication

How is my child chosen for a Nurture Group?

Pupils are chosen by their class teacher, who will regularly communicate with the key worker. Parents are welcome to talk to their class teacher, SENCO or the keyworker about their child’s social and emotional learning.


Range of Provision

Strategies/Programmes to Support Speech and Language
Children with language difficulties are referred to the Speech & Language Therapist and a specific, prescriptive Speech and Language Treatment Plan for each individual is followed for regular 1:1 timetabled sessions for each individual identified. These treatment plans are regularly reviewed by our SEND team and the Speech and Language Therapist is contacted for further assessment and review, where necessary.

Additional, Talk Boost Programme is used to support language development.

Strategies/Programmes to Support Reading, Writing and Phonics
The school use Read/Write inc resources to support reading, writing and phonics. A multi-sensory approach is used to address all learners with specific disabilities such as dyspraxia and dyslexia. We have a specialised PE teacher running intervention activities on gross motor skills.

Strategies/Programmes to Support Numeracy
Practical, differentiated activities take place within the classroom. Children at Key Stage 2 who did not reach National Expectation in Numeracy at the end of Year 2 are identified and placed on our numeracy intervention – ‘ 1st Class @ Number 2’. This is delivered by a trained Support Assistant.

Strategies/Programmes to Support Handwriting
To address children who are struggling with fine motor skills we incorporate a multi-sensory approach which includes manipulation of physical objects such as therapy putty, PE equipment etc. We use the Letterjoin scheme, which teaches a cursive style, from Reception and Year 1.  We follow Teodorescu ‘Write from the Start’ intervention.

Strategies/Programmes to Support Behavioural, Social and Emotional
At the beginning of each term we have a period with a  PSHCE focus.  We run nurture groups (see Emotional Support and Wellbeing).

Specialist Facilities/Equipment to Support SEND
Classrooms all have access to an IWB (interactive white board) and chrome books when needed.  There is access to some sensory resources and quiet areas within school.

Breakfast and After School Support
The school hosts a breakfast club and a range of after school clubs.

Access to Medical Interventions
Staff are First Aid trained, some with Specialist Paediatric First Aid.  Some staff have also received training in the management of diabetes.

Areas of Strength

We pride ourselves in the early intervention of pupils with SEND.  We have a varied and trained team of experienced support staff who are able to deliver specific interventions (as detailed above) on either an individual or small group basis, depending on level of need.

Our pupils who are on interventions are regularly assessed at the end of each term. Progress is shared with the SENCo and the Class Teacher as to whether the intervention needs to be discontinued/continued or modified in any way. A regular dialogue takes place with parents between the SENCo and/or Class Teacher on each child’s progress.

Whole school training sessions have taken place from  the Northumberland SEND team on a multi-sensory approach to spelling and literacy development, especially in children with dyslexia, as well as training by the SEND advisory team on the role of the teacher in supporting SEN children. 


Provision to Facilitate/Support Inclusion within the School, Day and Residential Visits
Resources are appropriate to age and specific needs of children, additional adults as necessary.
Our school always ensures that there is adequate provision made so that pupils with SEND can actively take part on residential and school visits safely. Each visit is risk assessed and additional trained teaching staff may be required to attend to meet the medical/physical and/or cognitive needs of individuals and specific education plans.

Input from Therapists/Advisory Teachers/other Specialist Support Services
School has actively sought the advice and expertise of support services; Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Behaviour services, Speech and language Therapy,  Occupational therapy, Educational Psychologists and Communication and Literacy Services. .

Parent Support Involvement/Liaison
Links between home and school are encouraged via daily communication with parents/carers, log books, homework diaries and emails. Attendance of parents, Class Teacher, SENDCo and Support Staff at key meetings enables effective dialogue and planning of next steps.

Planning and Assessment
All activities and lessons are planned and differentiated to consider the needs of all children in school.

Pupils who receive interventions are regularly assessed at the end of each term. Progress is shared with the SENCo and Class Teacher as to whether the intervention needs to be discontinued/continued or modified in any way. Records are kept up to date and regular dialogue takes place with parents, between the SENCo and/or Class Teacher on each child’s progress.

Children Currently at the School with a SEND need

  • 6 children are on our Special Educational Needs Register
  • 3 Children with an EHCP – Education and Healthcare Plan
  • 3 Children have top-up funding.
  • 13  pupils are on our monitoring list, which means they are monitored/supported within the classroom

COMPLETED BY: SENDCo, Wylam First School
DATE COMPLETED:  September 2020
REVIEW DUE:  September 2021

For children with complex SEND, the frequency of such provision may result in the school applying for additional funding to support a child, this is known as Exceptional Needs funding.

To find out more about SEN provisions in Northumberland local offer go to: