Special Needs


At Birklands Primary School we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. We aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes provision for those children attending EYFS and the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

We aim to be an inclusive school by ensuring that:

  • All children and young people are valued equally and take as full as part as possible in all school activities.
  • We promote the highest standards of achievement for all pupils through a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • We provide a differentiated curriculum appropriate to individual’s needs and abilities.
  • We identify barriers to learning and participation that require additional provision as early as possible in a pupil’s school career.
  • We have high expectations and suitable targets for our children.
  • We acknowledge the vital role that parents play in their child’s education and ensure they are informed of progress and achievements.
  • Pupils with additional needs are involved, where practicable, in decisions affecting their future provision.
  • Seek the advice and expertise of other agencies and professionals as required.


Identify the needs of pupils with SEN as early as possible. This is most effectively done by gathering information from parents, education, health and care services and feeding schools or early years settings prior to the child’s entry into the school.

Monitor the progress of all pupils in order to aid the identification of pupils with SEN. Continuous monitoring of those pupils with SEN by their teachers will help to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential.

Make appropriate provision to overcome all barriers to learning and ensure pupils with SEN have full access to the National Curriculum. This will be co-ordinated by the SENCo and will be carefully monitored and regularly reviewed in order to ensure that individual targets are being met and all pupils’ needs are catered for.

Work with parents to gain a better understanding of their child, and involve them in all stages of their child’s education. This includes supporting them in terms of understanding SEN procedures and practices, providing regular reports on their child’s progress, and providing information on the provisions for pupils within the school as a whole, and the effectiveness of the SEN policy and the school’s SEN work.

Work with and in support of outside agencies when the pupils’ needs cannot be met by the school alone such as educational psychologists, behaviour support and Speech and Language Therapists. We also have the use of a Sensory Room at the local Children’s Centre.

Create a school environment where pupils feel safe to voice their opinions of their own needs. This means providing regular one to one meetings between pupils and their teacher/SENCo and will be made easier by carefully monitoring the progress of all pupils. Pupil participation is a right. This will be reflected in decision-making but also encouraged through wider opportunities for participation in school life.


As part of an in depth look at special Needs across the trust, we as SENCO’s are undertaking various tasks to build up a picture for the whole operational picture of SEND within the Nova trust.

The links below are for a couple of surveys that we would kindly like to ask you to complete being the parent/career of a child/young person who is on the SEND register of the school.

The aspect that we are looking at through these surveys is the voice of parent/career and the young person in the support that they are receiving.

We would be very grateful if you as a parent/career can complete your quick survey and then if need be, assist your young person in completing theirs.

The form is anonymous and so we ask you to be as honest as you can. If there are issues then please do share as we can only improve in areas that we know need addressing and likewise offer praise where you feel it is deserved.

Please can you complete the form by Thursday 15th October so we can collate the information and begin our dive into the area of SEN provision across the trust.

Thank you for taking the time to assist in our analysis.

On behalf of the NOVA SENCO’s

MS J Harnan, Mr Piponides and Mrs G Willis


Fill | Pupil Questionnaire
Dear Parents/Carers, We would be grateful if could take some time to complete this short questionnaire with your child/young person so that we can have a better understanding on how well we are supporting them in school. If your child/young person is non-verbal, please answer the questionnaire on their behalf based on your observations. All information collected is anonymous and confidential. Thank you for your participation!


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