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Special Educational Needs

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Special Educational Needs and Disability Information


At High Oakham Primary School, we are relentless in our drive to ensure all children have their needs met. As a result of this drive, we have formed an inclusion team which is made up of the following staff members. 


Mrs Pollard

Year 2 teacher & SENCO  


Mrs Soar 

Teaching assistant and inclusion team member 

Key Stage 1 & EYFS representative


Mrs Astle

DToCIC (Designated Teacher of

Children in Care) & qualified SENCO  

Mrs Parrett 

Teaching assistant and inclusion team member 

Key Stage 2 representative

ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) trained

Our inclusion team are passionate about  ensuring all children reach their potential, however, we are highly driven to be a voice and advocate for children who find it harder to learn.

We are determined to ensure that no child goes without the support that is their right and the chance to

be aspirational and successful. 


Mrs Pollard is the SENDCo (Special Education Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) at High Oakham Primary School and is supported by the inclusion team.


Appointments can be made to see Mrs Pollard by phoning or emailing the school office on 01623 461313/ or by contacting her through Dojo if you are a parent in school. As SENDCo and along with the inclusion team, Mrs Pollard coordinates the support SEND children receive and works closely with parents and external agencies.  


What are Special Educational Needs or Disabilities?

The term 'Special Educational Needs' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age. At High Oakham, we appreciate that some children may have different or additional needs to others and may need extra support to access the curriculum. All teachers in school differentiate their work to ensure that it meets all children’s needs whilst ensuring that they have access to challenges and content that their peers have. 

Children who have Special Educational Needs, may need extra help in a range of areas, including

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying
  • social skills including making friends or relating to adults
  • making the right choices
  • organising themselves
  • sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school


How will you know if your child has Special Educational Needs?

  • You will be informed by your child's class teacher if we feel your child needs to receive some extra, or different support. You will then be invited to meet with Miss Akrigg and your child's class teacher to discuss a way forward for your child. The level of extra help is known as SEN Support. This could include:
  • different teaching strategies
  • extra support from an adult
  • using particular equipment
  • If we feel that your child has a SEN that requires external support we will always seek your consent before we make a referral to gain specialist advice or support to help us meet your child's needs. This could include a specialist teacher, Educational Psychologist or a speech and language therapist. You will always be informed by your child's Class Teacher and/or Miss Akrigg of the outcomes and recommendations of any referrals made.


How do we meet the needs of SEND children?

If we feel that your child has SEND we will devise an Individual Provision Map which will outline what we feel they need in place to help them progress through the education system. This may be provision within school and/or through external agencies. The Provision Map will give specific targets and outline how children are being supported. It will also include information on specific areas you can work on at home with your child. Your class teacher will invite you in every half term to discuss and sign your child's Individual Provision Map.

If your child's needs continue to hinder their learning and development and we feel we need additional support in school order to deliver the required provision it may be necessary to apply for an Educational Health Care Plan (previously known as statements).


It is important to note that SEN children may require support on a short term basis or for many years. The needs of each individual child will be different.


At High Oakham Primary School we firmly believe that all children make progress in different ways and at different speeds. Teachers take this into account and work hard to consider children's strengths, different learning styles and abilities. This means that children may have different levels of support. If your child is making slower progress it does not automatically mean that they have SEN.

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