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Special Education Needs - SEN

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Mrs Alison Freeman is our SEND Coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns linked to special educational needs, she can be contacted to via the school office or via email on

Ashby Willesley Primary School provides a broad and balanced curriculum for all children including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We are committed to inclusion for all children in all areas of the curriculum. Individual needs will be met through the highest quality of education for all pupils and the efficient and effective use of resources.

For all children with SEND, support and advice is available from the school SENCo and Class Teachers. The school seeks advice and guidance from other professionals and involves them in the planning and delivery of support for pupils with SEND. We liaise closely with parents to ensure they are actively involved in their child’s development and are equipped to support their child fully at home.

A child will receive SEND support if their need is ‘significant to and different from their peers’ and the school SENCo will work alongside the Class Teacher(s) to ensure appropriate provision is in place. Some children with a prolonged and significant level of need will receive funding in the form of SEND Intervention Funding or an Education Health Care Plan.

Supporting Children with SEND

We support pupils with SEND through various means: 

Cognition and Learning difficulties:

  • Adaptation of learning in class by the class teacher through quality first teaching
  • Targeted intervention groups
  • Specialist advice and support from external agencies including Educational Psychologists
  • Tailored resourcing to support a wide array of learning styles
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) where this overlaps with special needs

Communication and interaction difficulties:

  • Speech and language therapy support (SALT)
  • Social skills groups or external provision eg. Forest Schools
  • Autism Outreach Team involvement
  • Hearing Impaired service
  • Visually Impaired service

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs:

  • Transition and review meetings between school and parents
  • Liaison with Supporting Leicestershire Families
  • Links with CAMHS, Community Paediatricians etc
  • Referrals to School Nurse Team if appropriate
  • Targeted intervention groups

Physical and Sensory Needs:

  • Adaptation of the school building to facilitate access to the school buildings
  • Risk assessments are completed
  • Health Care Plans
  • Emergency evacuation plan
  • Physiotherapist Occupational therapy advice and support where appropriate

Please click on the link below for related documents:

 A guide for supporting your Dyslexic child at home

 Referral Guide for Parents - ASD/ADHD

 Parent Information - SEN

 Local Offer 2023/24 - Ashby Willesley

See our Policies page for the SEN Policy and Accessibility Plan and Policy