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SEN Local Offer

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School Local offer for Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – Marlbrook Primary School, Little Dewchurch CofE Primary School and Ewyas Harold Primary School. You can also find details of the Herefordshire local offer by following this link.


Marlbrook Primary School is collaborated with Little Dewchurch and Ewyas Harold. We are three very different schools but we all believe in the same thing – every child deserves to be the best they can be and in all three schools everyone is committed to ensuring ALL pupils have every chance possible to achieve their full potential.

If your child has SEND you can be rest assured that we will do everything we can to support them and you to ensure their time at primary school is happy, meaningful and successful.

How do we identify pupils with SEND ?

At all three schools children are monitored closely and their additional needs will be highlighted early. Our main ways of identifying pupils will be:

  • Talking to parents and following up any concerns they may have.
  • Rigorous monitoring of pupil progress. If pupils fall behind age-related national expectations action will be taken and they will be put on the SEN register.
  • Talking to staff especially if they are concerned about a pupil’s behaviour or self- esteem.
  • Talking to external agencies who can support in identifying specific needs.
  • Working with health professionals who may have already identified needs and health issues.
  • Talking to pupils themselves. They often know when they need additional support.

How will the school support my child?

We pride ourselves on being inclusive schools. All three have created nurturing, inclusive environments centred on quality first teaching. Staff are well trained to develop programmes of study that are differentiated and multi-sensory so all pupils can access learning at their level. We use lots of practical equipment and use a range of teaching techniques. All classes have access to a range of IT, including laptops, video cameras and recording equipment. Classes are well staffed and teachers are supported by trained Teaching Assistants.

The progress of every child is monitored by class teachers, senior staff and the Senco. If pupils fail to make progress they will be given personalised, targeted support. This support will be recorded on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which we will share with you and your child. These are written by the classteacher in collaboration with the Senco and any other professionals working with your child.

Support could include:

  • Group intervention work in or out of the classroom
  • 1-1 support in or out of the classroom.
  • Individual targeted support programmes either practical or computer based.
  • Counselling
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Physiotherapy/Occupational therapy
  • Personalised pastoral support
  • Alternative curriculum provision such as gardening; cooking; bike maintenance.
  • Nurture groups

Throughout these programmes of support pupils are closely monitored and provision is adjusted if that’s what’s needed.

If pupils still fail to thrive then we seek the support of outside professionals such as Learning Support; Educational Psychologist; Speech and Language Therapist; Behaviour Specialists; Health; Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Families can also be offered help and advice from our team of Student and Family Support team. They will meet with parents to discuss issues and concerns and signpost to agencies who can help them further.

How will I know how my child is doing?

We have an open door policy at all three schools and you will be welcome to come in to discuss your child at any time. Your Senco is not class based so is around most of the day. If you want to see your classteacher it is best to ring ahead and make an appointment. You can also make an appointment to see the headteacher is she isn’t immediately available.

We always welcome contact with parents and we will give you advice on how to support your child at home as well as show you what we are doing in school. You will have a copy of your child’s IEP and be invited to regular meetings to hear progress updates. You will also be invited to meet any professionals brought in to see your child.

We pride ourselves on having excellent communication channels and operate a home/school book for pupils if you would like to hear how they are doing on a daily basis. We can also text or email updates.

Who do I contact if I want to know more?

 Tracey Kneale - Headteacher

Sue Jenkins – Deputy Headteacher and Senco

Sue Ridgway – Student and Family Support Manager

Contact Julie Worsfold, school administrator on 01432 266643, who can put you in touch.