What we can offer children with SEND

 SEND Information 


The SENco for Piddle Valley CE First School is Mrs. Vicki Nelson.


Please contact the SENco via the school office email address; office@piddlevalley.dorset.sch.uk


Please read the following information to find out more about Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) local offer provision at Piddle Valley CE First School and Feathers Preschool.

 Please also see the following:

  • SEND Policy

  • Accessibility Plan

  • Medical Conditions Policy

  • Intimate Care Policy


Everyone involved in the life of the school and preschool works together as a team to provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment in which your child can learn, grow and flourish.

We aim to nurture each child as an individual, enabling them to achieve their full potential and prepare them for the years that lie ahead as they grow into young adults.

 At the heart of our school and preschool is the belief that we all share values that help us to be responsible, respectful and caring members of society. We are very proud of the Christian ethos of our school and our belief that citizenship and a sense of community are as important as academic achievements.

 The school and preschool has experience of working with children with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including those with speech and language difficulties and learning needs in Literacy and Numeracy, as well as Autism. The school and preschool is not a specialised base for a particular SEND but is able to accommodate a range of needs as required, with support from the Local Authority, National Health Service and other external agencies. 


Children’s progress is tracked and monitored regularly by the class teacher/preschool lead. Feedback from activities is collected through observational notes and discussions with all members of the classroom/preschool team. This is over seen by the Head teacher through regular meetings with teaching/preschool staff.

 All staff are kept up to date with continuing professional development training for working with and providing the best opportunities for all children.


What do I do if I think my child requires extra support?


If a parent thinks that their child may need extra support, the first point of contact will be the class teacher or preschool lead. The class teacher will then discuss the child with the SENCO and arrange a meeting between parents and the school/preschool.

If your child is identified as requiring additional support, whole class and small group activities will be planned on an individual basis to allow the child to access at their level. Your child may receive support from a teacher/teaching assistant/preschool keyworker during the session. If the child does not show improvement, despite additional support within the classroom, the SENCO and teacher/preschool leader will arrange a meeting with parents to discuss potential specialist assessments that may indicate an underlying Special Educational Need and /or Disability.

When a child is identified as having SEND, support is introduced on a needs led basis (e.g. if a child requires a TA for literacy this can be arranged within the classroom, if a child is deemed to need 1:1 support (inside or outside the classroom) this can be timetabled in where appropriate). All children on the SEND register will be tracked and monitored by the school SENCO and effective support strategies identified and discussed with all staff who work with the child as well as the parents.

The school encourages independence in SEND children, where appropriate, and believes in quality first teaching from the class teacher/preschool staff as an essential element in supporting children with SEND. Support staff work closely with the teacher and SENCO to deliver effective support, however also understand the importance of setting achievable goals so that the child is able to develop as an independent learner.


Transition between settings

 The school works closely with the staff of other preschools, schools and the local middle schools to enable a smooth transition for a child when transferring to another setting.


When a child is recognised as having SEND they will be recorded on the school SEND register using the following codes:



Child identified as requiring additional SEND support within school


 Child identified as requiring SEND support with involvement from outside agencies



Child has an existing Statement of Education


 Child has an Education Health and Care Plan

 Area of Need



Cognition and Learning


 Communication and Language


 Social, Emotional and Mental Health