Special Educational Needs

At Chawson First School we work hard to ensure our children are caring, confident and committed to learning.  This vision of course extends to our high aspirations for pupils who have been identified as having SEND.

What happens if my child has special educational needs?

The school works within the graduated response which puts the child and their family at the centre of all we do.  This is key to the provision for children with additional needs.  If your child has been identified as having a disability or special educational need prior to joining our school our SENDCo will contact you to arrange a meeting.  This will ensure that the school can plan the transition to meet the individual needs of your child.  If the school identifies gaps in your child’s learning they will be monitored and assessed by the class teacher in the first instance.  If the gaps cannot be closed by differentiating the curriculum the class teacher will ask the SENDCo for further assessment and advice.  Following school based interventions (delivered both in the classroom and in small groups) it may be necessary to ask for further advice and assessment from outside agencies including Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy and or Occupational Therapy.  At all stages of this identification process the class teacher and SENDCo will maintain an open dialogue with parents and permission will be sought for each external referral.

We run an assess, plan, do, review (APDR) cycle on a termly basis.

Assessment – This begins with in school assessments as part of the whole school pupil progress process.  During further cycles assessment from external agencies may be used.

Plan – The parents, teacher, SENDCo and where appropriate child meet to set targets for the coming term.  This includes who will support the child at each stage of the plan, ensuring all members of your child’s team understand and fulfil their responsibilities.

Do – There is a period of time where your child will be involved in interventions and programs that meet their identified needs.  These may require your child to take part in one to one or small group activities outside the classroom.

Review – The parents, teacher, SENDCo and where appropriate the child meet to discuss how the ‘do’ part of the cycle has progressed and it’s impact on narrowing the gaps.  At this point there may be a need to renew the APDR cycle with a new plan

What should I do if I have concerns about my child?

Your child’s teacher will be able to answer questions relating to your child’s wellbeing and / or progress in the classroom.

If you require more information you can book a meeting with Karen Sage (SENDCo).

To find out more information about SEN provision at our school, please click below to see a copy of our latest SEN report:

SEN information report 2019.2020 (Powerpoint)

SEN information report 2019.2020 (PDF)

Additional support and advice for parents:

Navigating all the school and county has to offer children with special educational needs and disabilities can be both challenging and confronting in equal measure.

We have compiled a list of relevant information to support you to support your child.

Worcestershire Local Offer for SEND

The local Offer provides information about provision families can expect to be available across education, health and social care for children and young people who have Special Educational Need (SEN) or are disabled, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.  You can find out about resources, services, support, activities and events here

Worcestershire SEND Improvement Plan

Worcestershire Local Authority are committed to improve the service that they provide for children with additional needs.  More details of the improvements they plan to make can be found here.


This independent service is a valuable source of advice and support for the parents, carers and young people.  Navigate to their website through the logo above.

The Graduated Response

For further information on the graduated response click the logo above.

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