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SEN and Disabilities

SEN and Disabilities

We believe all our children are special. Many children during their school career will need a little extra support. For some it may be just for a short time, to overcome a problem with a difficult topic in class, for example, or to deal with a social, emotional or behavioural situation. For others the needs will be with them for the whole of their school life if they have medical needs or a broader learning difficulty. Such children may be supported in the classroom individually or in a small group by the teacher or by one of our team of teaching assistants.

Sometimes this support is given outside the classroom activity. Sometimes it is not work-related at all and support is given whenever might be appropriate. Sometimes children will follow a programme of learning in literacy or numeracy in particular which differs slightly from that of their class.

If the learning difficulty is more general, then the class teacher will plan a personalised programme of work for the child that may involve extra adult support. This will be discussed with parents and reviewed regularly through an Individual Plan. If we feel unable to provide adequately for the specific needs of the child, then we may involve other agencies for specific support e.g. speech therapy, educational psychology, behaviour support.

If parents have any concerns, questions or information about their child, then it is vital this information is shared with school staff. We aim to work in close partnership with parents to ensure we meet the needs of all children.

In a very few cases it may be decided to seek a Formal Assessment by a group of outside Agencies which may lead to the issuing of an Educational Health & Care Plan (EHCP). Parents are always kept involved and informed at every stage of the process.


Under the new Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014) schools and settings are required to produce a SEN information report known as a Local Offer. This needs to be published on the school’s website, kept up-to-date with changes and revised at least annually. 

Acorn Multi-Academy Trust SEN/D Offer

St Andrew’s CofE Primary Academy

Who We Are

The Acorn Academy Trust comprises Axminster Primary; Loders Primary; Marshwood CE Primary; Membury Primary; Mrs Ethelstone’s CE Primary and St. Andrew’s CE Primary.

Our Vision

The schools share the common vision of working to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.  We will use our best endeavor’s to support all children to enable them to be successful at school.  In order to achieve this we provide highest quality first teaching, a wide range of support and interventions using specialist staff within the Multi-Academy Trust and we work with external agencies.

Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEN/D)

In each of the schools all staff are teachers of children with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities.  We are committed to ensuring that all children with SEN learn successfully and achieve the best possible educational and developmental outcomes.

To do this we:  - Involve parents/carers in the process of identification, support and review and welcome their input. - Work with other agencies to provide support for parents/carers and children. - Provide high quality teaching and provision to meet the needs of children with SEN. - Support children and parents/carers through transitions to new settings. - Work collaboratively within the Acorn Multi-Academy Trust. 

Head of School – Mrs Tracey Leganski                                                                                              

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) – Mrs Barbara Capper                                                       

SEN Governor – Mrs Zoe Betterton


School will be open tomorrow 20.3.18.

Please drive carefully to school as there are still Met office weather warnings in place for ice.

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