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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

at Corsham Primary School


What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?


Under the SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014), a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, or SEND, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through high quality classroom teaching and differentiation.

Broad areas of need are identified as:


  • communication and interaction;

  • cognition and learning;

  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties;

  • sensory and/or physical needs.


They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.


What is the SEND Code of Practice?

The SEND Code of Practice sets out statutory guidance for schools.  A revised SEND Code of Practice was implemented in September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health professionals and social care.

The revised SEND code of practice can be downloaded here:


Corsham Primary School – An Outstanding Approach


In accordance with our Equal Opportunities, SEN and Inclusion Policies, (see school policies), we endeavour to give all children at Corsham Primary School full access to the National Curriculum/Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Currently 100 pupils are on the SEN Register (16% of the pupils at Corsham Primary School).  Of these, 95 children are supported at the level of ‘SEN Support which involves provision that is extra to or different from the general provision in the class’.  Children at ‘SEN Support’ each have an Individual Learning Plan which outlines their targets and additional support that is in place to meet their needs. This category has replaced the former designations of ‘school action’ and ‘school action plus’.


19 pupils who have the most complex needs have an ‘Education Health and Care Plan’, otherwise known as a ‘My Plan’.  This follows a formal statutory assessment from the local authority and aims to secure the best possible outcomes for the child across education, health and social care.  This used to be known as a ‘Statement of Special Educational Needs’. All pupils who currently have a statement will be transferred to an EHCP/ My Plan over a phased period.


Corsham Primary School is proud of the work it does to support all of our pupils, including those with SEND.  Throughout the school, we build self-esteem with positive learning experiences and by successfully involving all children with whole school life. The school has a robust Inclusion Policy that has been acknowledged externally through the Inclusion Mark award. We celebrate the fact that all children are different and have diverse needs and we make sure that we tailor learning opportunities to meet the needs of individual children. We aspire to enable children with SEND to access and engage with all aspects of the curriculum, and develop the skills and knowledge to achieve, succeed and even excel beyond their potential across all areas of the curriculum.


In June 2013 Ofsted graded the quality of learning for pupils with SEN and their progress ‘Outstanding’ stating ‘Pupils with disabilities and/or special educational needs thrive in this school and make outstanding progress...As a result of this excellent support the gap between their attainment and that of other pupils is beginning to close.’


Specialist Provision

We have significant strengths and expertise working with children with special educational needs.  This includes an integrated local authority speech and language unit called the Brook Centre (which is currently full) along with an additional SEN learning centre known as the Ivern Room.  The specialist teachers and teaching assistants within both units facilitate specialist educational programmes for our children with significant cognition and learning and/or speech and language needs. The children who learn in these settings access a high level of individualised support within a nurturing setting.


Teaching Team

Our staff, across the school, have a wealth of experience, facilitated in particular by the embedded work with the Brook Centre. We recognise that quality first teaching is of paramount importance to ensuring the best possible outcomes for pupils with SEND. We also have a range of specific interventions designed to meet the differing needs of pupils and children may take part in a single, or many different interventions. Movement in and out of these programmes is flexible and responsive to pupil need. Differentiated learning is supported by a team of twenty-five skilled and trained teaching assistants (TAs). Pupil progress is tracked and evaluated regularly as part of an ‘assess, plan, do review’ cycle.


Effective partnerships

At Corsham Primary School, we actively encourage a team approach to supporting children with SEND.  We recognise that children’s needs are most effectively met by working in collaboration with parents to secure the best outcomes for their child.  This takes many forms for example individual review meetings, My Support Plan meetings, multi-agency meetings, parent support from our Family Support Officer (FSO), parent workshop, home-school liaison books or simply a quick telephone call or email.


We are also fortunate to have excellent relationships with the local authority SEN Advisory Team (SENSS), the Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapists (SALTS) and Occupational Therapists (OT) who work in partnership with us to support our pupils with SEND.  We also collaborate closely with the SEND Lead Workers at the Local Authority.


The Inclusion Team at Corsham Primary School:


Mrs Jenny Metcalfe:  Assistant Deputy Headteacher/ Inclusion Manager

Mrs Jo Smalley:  Assistant Deputy Headteacher/ Pupil Premium Manager

Mrs Sally Rymer:  Family Support Officer

Mrs Hazel Hammett: Family Support Assistant

Mrs Suzette Perry:  Teaching Assistant Manager (Pound Pill)

Mrs Lucy Smith:  Teaching Assistant Supervisor (Broadwood)

Mr Nigel Copeman:  SEN Governor


SEND Information Report

The revised Code of Practice requires schools to publish information on their websites about the provision for pupils with SEND.  To read our SEND Information Report and to find out more about Inclusion at Corsham Primary School, please please click on Ivern below:

Where can I find support as a parent of a child with SEND?


Wiltshire’s Local Offer

The revised Code of Practice also requires Local Authorities to publish the ‘Local Offer’, which sets out the full range of provision for children with SEN and disabilities in the local area. Wiltshire’s Local Offer can be found by following the link below:


Wiltshire Parent Carer Council

The Wiltshire Parent Carer Council is an independent, voluntary organisation which is managed and run by parent carers, for parent carers.  They have a membership in excess of 1600 parent carers across Wiltshire whose children range in age (0-25yrs) and in the type of special educational needs and/or disabilities they have. These include mental health, physical, sensory, learning, communication, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum disorders and health conditions that require complex care.

Other Useful Websites:

I CAN (The children’s communication charity) website


Afasic (Support for parents/carers of children and young people with speech, language and communication needs) website


Speech and Language