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We are committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all the children within our school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum, which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life.

We equally value all pupils in the school and strive to eliminate prejudice and discrimination developing in an environment where all children flourish and feel safe.

Within our school, we have a set procedure for identifying and assessing the special needs of individual children which involves, at various stages, teaching staff, parents, external agencies and of course the children themselves.

A message from the SENCO

At Hinguar Primary School we really want to work in partnership with parents and carers to help us do our very best for you child. 

As Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) at your child`s school, I will be aim to:-

  • Ensure that I am as accessible to parents and carers as possible – At Hinguar, there is a range of staff to support all children, including those with additional needs. These staff include the school SENCo, Class Teachers, LSA’s and Learning Mentor. If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child, please talk to the class teacher in the first instance or alternatively contact me on the school number 01702 292721, email (please be aware that I may not always be available immediately).
  • Ensure that your child's individual needs are met with appropriate support - regardless of whether they have a diagnosis of a particular condition
  • Give parents and carers the opportunity to be aware of what you can do at home with your child to echo the support and strategies in school and help to be consistent
  • Try to organise meetings at a time to suit everyone who is coming, especially parents/carers, and I will carry out the actions agreed at the meeting (or let you know why I cannot)
  • Read any reports about your child sent to the school by professionals or other services, share them with other staff as appropriate, and act on them as soon as possible after I receive them
  • Give parents and carers the opportunity to be involved in planning support and in reviewing their child`s progress towards the targets in the plan
  • Inform teaching staff, and others working with your child (for example office, lunch staff), of your child`s general special needs, any special support needed, and what works for them
  • Work with parents and others involved to carefully plan your child`s move into our school (or from our school) according to their individual needs; including key transition times.    

Defining SEND

At Hinguar Primary School, we use the definition of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) given in the SEN Code of practice (2015):

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made to him or her. A child or young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  • Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

Special education provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age.

Identification of SEND 

Areas of Need - We aim to support all children in their development in the most appropriate way possible and celebrate effort as much as achievement, however we recognise that individual children may have needs that interlope two or more of these area and their needs may change over time.


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Learners with any additional SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) will receive the same opportunities and access as non-SEND learners across their time in SECAT schools. SECAT actively listen to the views of our parents and learners.

We recognise that learners with SEND may need alternative choices and pathways to achieve their goals in their time across SECAT, whilst still ensuring that we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our learners.

This will be undertaken by ensuring that appropriate adaptations and support is given based on individual learners needs. Staff will work to ensure additional services, beyond SECAT, are sought when appropriate to enable learners to progress and develop to the best of their abilities.

EP Services 

There are a number of resources that have been sourced by the Educational Psychologist Service. They are offering a series of live webinar talks each day, and their videos can be found on their Youtube channel for viewing after.

They have also increased the hours of their EPConnect helpline service for parents should they need support.