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.

SEND Information 

Under the Children and Families Act (2014), Local Authorities are required to publish, and keep under review, information about the services and support available for children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The local offer covers provision for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services and how to access them.

For information  on local services and support within Devon please click here: Devon Local Offer

For information on local services and support for children and young people with SEND in Somerset please click here: Somerset Local Offer

As part of this local offer, schools must publish a SEND information report that includes information for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEND. This needs to be published on the school’s website, kept up-to-date with changes and revised at least annually. The requirements are set out in the SEN Code of Practice.  

SEND Information Report 2020-21

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. 

Acting Head of School – Mrs Donna Butler                                                                                       

MAT Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) – Claire Kew                                                       

SEN Governor – Mrs Zoe Betterton

SEND POLICY 2020/21

Accessibility Plan 2017 - 2020

The Daily Mile

14 May 2021

Daily Mile Challenge On Friday 30th April, the whole school took part in The Daily Mile Challenge along with over 1780 other schools across England. Nearly all children managed a full mile, which...

Basketball Challenges

11 May 2021

BASKETBALL CHALLENGES During the Spring term, all of our Key Stage 2 children took part in some basketball challenges, which were part of the Devon Virtual Games. The challenges involved a lot of pers...

Orienteering

07 May 2021

Elephant Class spent the morning Orienteering with their peers. They were excited to explore the playground, field and Forest School area whilst working as a team, using their navigational skills and...

Skipping Challenges

05 May 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES During Spring 2, we threw ourselves into the skipping challenges set to Devon schools by Dan The Skipping Man.  The improvement that was seen in our children’s skipping...

Skipping Day

05 May 2021

Skipping Theme Day On Friday 23rd of April, we welcomed Kate from Dan The Skipping Man to our school. Kate ran skipping workshops with each class teaching us lots of different techniques. We used...

Timetables Rock Stars and Number Block Day

21 Apr 2021

Today children and staff have dressed up as part of our Timestables Rock Stars and Number Blocks day.  Children were very excited to dress up in fancy dress for the day.  We have enjoyed a s...

Easter Story Dioramas

01 Apr 2021

The children have been busy in Forest School this week making Easter story dioramas. 

Red Nose Day 2021

01 Apr 2021

Thank you to all of our parents for their fantastic contribution to our Red Nose Day collection.  We raised a whopping £126.95.  We are delighted to support this amazing charity for th...

Skipping Challenge - Week 1

07 Mar 2021

SKIPPING CHALLENGES Week one of our skipping challenges has got off to a flying start!It has been amazing to see all of the children and staff getting involved, with equal amounts of competitive...

Welcome Back

05 Mar 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming back all children to school on Monday 8th March.