St Matthew's C.E Primary School

“I can do all things because Christ gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

Does my child have SEND?


‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age’.

SEND code of Practice 2015


At St Matthews we are committed to early identification of special educational need and adopts a graduated response to meeting special educational need in line with the Code of Practice 2014. We take time to assess each child’s current levels of attainment on entry in order to ensure that children receive the best possible support from the start. We make full use of information passed to us from establishments such as other schools and our nursery centre. If a child has an identified special educational need when they start our school, the head teacher, the SEND Coordinator and the class teacher will;


Ongoing Identification

Effective and tailored education continues throughout your child’s time at St Matthew’s and a range of evidence is collected through the usual assessment and monitoring arrangements every term: if this suggests that the learner is not making the expected progress, the class teacher will consult with the SENCO in order to decide whether additional and/or different provision is necessary.


Parental Involvement

At St Matthew’s we operate an open-door policy where parents are encouraged to talk openly to members of staff regarding their concerns. If you feel that your child may have SEN or have any concerns, in the first instance contact your child’s class teacher to discuss initial concerns. If you continue to feel that your children may require additional support then contact the school’s SENCo, Mrs Burns or our Pastoral lead, Mrs Cadman-Smith.