Summary of Provision for Children with Additional Needs


There are a number of reasons why a child may be identified as having SEND:

  • They are having significant difficulty with their learning and making far less progress than would be expected.
  • They have a specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia.
  • They have emotional or mental health difficulties.
  • They have difficulties with social communication and interaction.
  • They have sensory and/or physical needs, for example a hearing impairment      

For all children at St Cuthbert’s School who have an additional need we:

  • Recognise that the family is the expert on their child and work in partnership with them.
  • Deliver quality first teaching, adapting the curriculum and our resources to ensure children can access the learning.
  • Employ a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to lead on SEN provision across the school.
  • Assess and review the learning of our SEN children, using that information to inform future planning and teaching.
  • Provide teaching assistants in each class who work with SEN children and also, importantly, support other children so that the teacher has more opportunities to work with the SEN children to ensure all children achieve.
  • We provide targeted intervention in a 1:1 or small group setting which is delivered by a designated SEN teaching assistant in a calm, quiet environment.
  • SENCO to hold regular meetings with teachers\teaching assistants, to review progress, interventions and resources for each child and to adapt the provision where necessary.
  • Support our families with children with SEN, through regular informal contact with school and more formally through review meetings. Families are also advised of other services and organisations which may offer further advice and support.
  • Seek advice from outside agencies to ensure each child’s needs are fully identified and understood and to learn from specialists how best to support our SEN children.
  • We evaluate intervention groups and strategies on a termly basis.
  • Regularly evaluate our teaching resources to ensure they are accessible to all SEN children.
  • Ensure our school activities and trips, as far as is possible, are accessible to all our SEN children.
  • Hold termly review meetings with families for children with SEN.
  • Provide on-going SEN training and information for teachers and teaching assistants via external providers and in-house training.
  • Liaise closely with secondary schools at transition times to ensure SEN pupil information is clearly communicated and recommendations heard so that the move to secondary school is as smooth as possible.

We provide specific provision for the different areas of need. The next few pages explain the detail of this support.

If you would like further information about the support that St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School can offer, please contact our SENCO, Lindsey Roberts, on 0191 2860129.

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning or well-being please come in to school. We shall be happy to discuss things and work with you as we all seek to support your child in our school. Email: