Wortham Primary School

SEND Information Report – Wortham Primary School

What does SEND mean?

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defines SEN as: “A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they: (a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or;

(b) have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

 If you have any concerns about your child, please speak to your child's class teacher; you do not have to wait for a parent's evening. At Wortham Primary School, the staff meet formally on a termly basis to review the needs and progress of the children. We also meet informally throughout the term where concerns are shared and options for support are discussed. Any concerns raised by parents are shared with staff associated with your child.  The SENCO and school leaders are happy to meet with parents to discuss any concerns with parents/carers.

Children can fall behind in school for a variety of reasons, only those with a difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN. However, we make sure that all children have the support and encouragement they need to progress. Once your child is added to the SEN register under SEN Support, we make provision that is ‘additional to’ or ‘different from’ the normal adapted curriculum in line with their needs. This provision is intended to overcome the barrier to their learning/SEN and ensure they can make progress from their starting point.



Who are the best people to talk to about my child’s difficulties with learning/SEND?

Your child’s class teacher is responsible for:


The SENCO (Amanda Brydon) is responsible for:


What are the different types of support offered by Wortham Primary School:

Class teaching is part of the universal offer for all pupils in school:

Intervention Groups may be:

Some children may need some extra support in school. For your child this would mean:

Specialist groups run by outside agencies:

Some children have been identified as needing more specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:


What does this mean for my child?

All pupils will be provided with Good Quality Teaching that is adapted to meet the needs of all learners. Adjustments will be made so that all pupils with additional needs are able to access the curriculum. This may include the following:

Both teachers and teaching assistants will provide support within the classroom. Some pupils will join a targeted intervention group.

Requesting an Education, Health & Care Needs Assessment (EHCP)

Where, despite the school having taken relevant, purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the SEN of the pupil, they have not made expected progress the school or parents should consider requesting an Education, Health & Care Needs assessment. At this point your child will usually be receiving specialist support/advice in school from a professional outside the school.

For your child this would mean that you or the school can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process.

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school and transfer to a new one?

When your child is given a place to join our reception year in the following academic year, the reception teacher will plan a series of meetings to share details about your child. These meetings can take place in school and will give you the opportunity to share any specific needs or concerns to support your child's transition into school. During the Summer Term prior to your child starting school, there will be a series of events that you will both be invited to which will help familiarise families to life at Wortham Primary School. Your child will have the opportunity to meet with their peers and staff, and be able to explore their classroom, building and outdoor area.

If your child joins Wortham Primary School part way through their primary education, we aim to meet with you so that we can ensure a positive start into school. This is usually done in conjunction with the previous school. When joining or moving on to a new school we will arrange extra transfer visits for your child. Parents are encouraged to visit the new school. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and/or School leaders will always communicate with the new school to ensure that all information is passed on about your child. If a CAF (Common Assessment Framework) is in place, staff from the new school will be invited to a meeting so that the parents can have the opportunity to speak with them together with all professionals involved.

For transition to Hartismere High School or any other high school in the area, any child on the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities register or any child with an additional need is discussed both with the Year 7 liaison teacher and the SENCO from the high school. Usually, the specialists at the high schools are keen to meet or have a discussion with parents and these start towards the end of Year 5, especially if the needs are complex and additional provision would need to be put in place to support transition. Throughout Years 5 and 6, all children have many opportunities to visit Hartismere High School either through curriculum activities, planned transition events or to watch activities put on by the older students.

How are the parents involved in the setting? How can I be involved?

At Wortham Primary School, we respect your valuable understanding of your child's needs and wishes. We aim to involve you in every aspect of the decision-making process. We encourage you to meet with us as often as you feel necessary.

How accessible is the school?

At Wortham Primary School we have a toilet that can be accessed easily.

Information about school including policies, governors, staff, class pages, contacts and weekly newsletters are available on this school website.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

All school trips require a Risk Assessment.

For children with significant needs, they may require an individual Risk Assessment, agreed with parents, to ensure that they are able to take part in the trip successfully.

What training are the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

We regularly discuss and identify staff training needs, usually related to the needs of the children in school at the time. Most staff have appropriate First Aid training.



How will both you and I know how my child is doing and will you help me support my child's learning?

We follow an ASSESS, PLAN, DO, REVIEW process when monitoring progress for all pupils in our school. If your child is on the Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) register they may be given a Pupil Passport (PP). This is a working document that identifies children's strengths and areas of need, which sets out targets for the term and how you, your child and the team in school can help achieve those targets. Your child will then use the accompanying book to record daily/weekly targets that will all build to achieve the long-term target set on the PP. This will enable your child to take responsibility for their learning, enabling them to develop independence but also understand how to move forward in their learning.

Any adult working with your child can then record children's progress where appropriate. Where a child on the SEND register does not have a Pupil Passport (it is not always necessary to have personalised targets), a care plan will be in place to ensure your child’s additional needs in school are formalised and recorded.

The main targets will be reviewed at least termly with your child and parents.

Parents are kept updated through parents’ evenings Autumn and Summer Term, and for those on the SEND register, termly reviews of the targets on the Pupil Passports, which may be shared at parent's evenings. Annual reports are written in the Spring Term.

Wortham Primary School SENCO – Amanda Brydon

Wortham Primary School Governor with responsibility for SEND – Simon Furlong

Suffolk Pupils

Suffolk Local Offer: https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/localoffer.page

Suffolk SEND Partnership: https://suffolksendiass.co.uk/

Norfolk Pupils

Norfolk Local Offer: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/children-and-families/send-local-offer

Norfolk SEND Partnership: Norfolk SENDIASS Home Page

Wortham Primary School Inclusion Policy


Applying for a place at Wortham Primary School



Review: November 2024