Additional Educational Needs – SEN

This school will ensure that each child will have the best start in life through promoting and developing confidence and independence as learners who succeed today and be prepared for tomorrow. Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Questions and Answers Information Report is published below, or can be downloaded here.

For more information please contact the School on:  Tel: 01785 823 089 or Email:

  • How does Church Eaton Primary School know if children need extra help?

    We know that a child needs extra help when:

    • They are making less than expected progress given their age and individual circumstances
    • Their progress is slower than that of their peers
    • There is a gap between the child’s attainment and that of their peers
    • The gap in attainment widens over time
  • What should I do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs?

    Initially, you should speak to your child’s class teacher about your concerns.  Class Teachers are available to speak to after school and at termly Parents’ Consultation Evenings.

    You should also contact the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator),Cathy Fowlie. You can make an appointment to see her by contacting the school office: 01785 823089.

  • How will Church Eaton Primary School support my child?
    • Through differentiated activities, which will enable your child to progress to their next target
    • Through identifying their barriers to learning and taking steps to remove these. We are currently working towards Dyslexia Friendly Full Status through which all staff will be trained in identifying dyslexic traits in children, and in utilising dyslexia- friendly strategies in the classroom.
    • Through giving them additional adult support in class, either from their Teacher or a Teaching Assistant (TA)
    • Though following the advice and guidance from outside professional agencies
    • Through including them in a target-based learning interventions, either in a small group, a pair or on a 1:1 basis.
  • How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

    The National Curriculum Inclusion Statement states that teachers should set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment.

    At Church Eaton Primary School, teachers are continually assessing each child’s individual strengths and needs.  They use teacher assessment, including daily marking of work, and formal assessment, including termly standardised assessments and SATS, to inform their planning.

    In line with the new SEN Code of Practice, teachers ‘use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.  Potential areas of difficulty should be identified and addressed at the outset. Lessons should be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement.  In many cases, such planning will mean that pupils with SEN and disabilities will be able to study the full national curriculum.’

  • How will both you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

    All children in our school are involved in formal assessments…

    Last year, we trialled a reading test, called the Progress in Reading Assessment (PiRA) and we will be using this to assess your child’s reading every term this year.  The PiRA gives us a range of scores, including a Reading Age and a Standardised Score which we can compare each term to measure our child’s progress in reading.  We will also be using the Single Word Spelling Test (SWST) to measure progress in spelling on a termly basis.  The SWST gives us a Spelling Age and a Standardised Score.  The outcome of these assessments can be shared with you at Parents’ Consultation Evenings, or at termly meetings with our SENCo as appropriate. These assessments will be carried out alongside those in Literacy and Numeracy.

    We will help you to support your child’s learning by:

    • Arranging meetings with your child’s class teacher and SENCo to discuss progress termly and throughout each term as necessary
    • Discussing the reports produced by the member of an Outside Agency  who has been working with your child, and identifying which of their recommendations you can pursue with your child at home
    • Informing you of training events across the County, specifically designed for the parents of children with SEN


    We also ask you to:

    • Hear your child read at least 3 times a week, and to write in their reading record when you do
    • Read stories to your child at home so that they can enjoy hearing a range of stories, as well as reading their reading book
    • Support your child with their homework, by taking an interest in tasks set, and encouraging your child to complete these to the best of their ability
    • Encouraging them to share their learning with you, and reinforcing this through activities outside of school – please ask your child’s class teacher for ideas.
  • What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

    Church Eaton Primary School has a strong Christian ethos through which we promote attitudes of respect, kindness and caring with all members of the school community.

    All staff know and care for all children in the school, and raise any concerns about their well-being with their parents, and other staff, including the Head Teacher, as appropriate.  We aim to address each child’s emotional issues as soon as they arise and have an open-door policy, for parents to come into school and share any concerns with the Head Teacher and class teachers whenever they need to.

    Bullying is not tolerated in our school and the families of both sides of an incident or accusation will be contacted by the Head Teacher immediately, and be requested to work with the school to resolve any issues.

    Parents are invited to attend our Celebration Assembly every Friday, where children are praised and rewarded for achievements in personal growth as well as in their work within the curriculum.

  • What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Church Eaton Primary School?

    Staffordshire County Council provide a range of services to schools to help them to meet the Special Educational Needs of their children.  These services include:

    These agencies include:

    • SENIS (LS) – Special Educational Needs Support Service – Learning Support
    • SENIS (BS) – Special Educational Needs Support Service – Behaviour Support
    • SSS HI – Specialist Support Service – Hearing Impairment
    • SSS VI – Specialist Support Service – Visual Impairment
    • EP – The Educational Psychologist
    • SALT – Speech and Language Therapy Service
    • AOT – Autism Outreach Service (we can only access this service if your child has a diagnosis or working diagnosis of autism)
    • PDSS – Physical Disability Support Service
    • OT – Occupational Therapy
    • PT – Physiotherapy Service
    • CAMHS – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • What training is provided for the staff supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities?

    We are currently working towards Dyslexia Friendly Status through which all teaching staff have received training in identifying traits of dyslexia in children, using strategies to remove the barriers to learning associated with dyslexia and developing a dyslexia-friendly classroom.

    Therapists from the Speech and Language Therapy Service give individual training on appropriate strategies to the TA working with a specific child.  They also deliver staff training in aspects of speech and language development and difficulties to the school on our request.

    Children with a diagnosis or working diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions can access the support of the Autism Outreach Team in school.  Members of the team can work directly with a child, meet with the child’s parents to share information and support the class teacher in meeting the child’s individual needs in the classroom.

  • How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

    All children at Church Eaton Primary School go on school trips to enhance their learning.  Teachers carry out Risk Assessments prior to the visit.  They ensure that locations for visits are fully accessible and specialist equipment, such as a wheelchair, is taken on the trip as necessary.

  • How accessible is the school environment?

    Church Eaton Primary School is built over one level.  All entrances are accessible by wheelchairs, and an access toilet is available for children and adults.

  • How will the school prepare and support my child to:
    • Join the school – When children join our Reception Class, they are invited to attend transitional visits during the Summer Term, before they start school in the Autumn Term.When a child is identified as having Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) before they join school, the Early Years District SENCo will arrange a meeting between the child’s parents, nursery staff, any agencies involved and our SENCo so that information about the child’s strengths and needs can be shared with our school, in preparation for September.Links are then made with the agencies involved so that additional support (for example, from the Speech and Language Therapy Service or Autism Outreach Team) for your child can continue when they join our school.
    • Transfer to high school – We have close links with the High Schools which our children move on to.  Link teachers from the High Schools come into school in the Summer Term and meet with our Y6 teacher, who shares information about each child’s academic ability, friendship groups, social and emotional issues.  For children with SEND, the High School SENCo meets with their parents, our Y6 teacher and our SENCo to share information about how their needs will be met at the High School and to arrange any additional transition visits.
  • How are Church Eaton Primary School’s resources allocated and matched to children’s Special Educational Needs?

    Funding allocations are received annually as part of the schools delegated budget to schools and include specific provision as follows:

    • SEN funding
    • Pupil Premium funding

    Additional funding to support pupils with severe and complex needs will be allocated by the Local Authority if the pupils needs meet the specific criteria.  The school has a duty to ensure the needs of all pupils are met from the resources allocated. All resources will be employed effectively to meet the needs of individuals and groups on the basis of plans within the School Development Plan.

  • How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

    At Church Eaton Primary School, class teachers are active in identifying the strengths and needs of each child in their class.  It is their responsibility to provide additional support whenever necessary to ensure that each child has full access to the curriculum and makes good progress in their learning.  This support may be in the form of a differentiated curriculum, inclusion in a targeted intervention group, the delivery of an individual learning programme or additional resources.  Your child will receive this support on a regular basis over a term.  Their progress and need for additional support will be reviewed with you on a termly basis.

    The class teachers and Teaching Assistants work alongside the SENCo and the child’s parents to develop individual plans of support, and to make decisions about accessing support from Outside Agencies, as necessary.

  • How are parents involved in Church Eaton Primary School? How can I be involved?

    At Church Eaton Primary School, we encourage parents to volunteer to support our children, by hearing them read and by accompanying them on our school trips.

    We have an active Parent Teacher Association called FACES (Friends At Church Eaton School).  The aim of FACES is to raise money to supplement the school fund and to help out with various school events.  These have included running the Christmas Fayre, organising the annual Easter Egg Hunt, arranging Popcorn Movie Nights at the school and providing refreshments at school events such as the Nativity afternoon.

  • Who can I contact for further information?

    The Class Teacher would be the first point of contact for parents.  The Head Teacher (Mr Simon Shaw) and SENCo (Mrs Cathy Fowlie) are also available to support parents and address any queries or concerns.  Amanda Whitehouse is our designated Governor for SEND. Please telephone the School on  01785 823 089 to speak to any of the aforementioned.

    Staffordshire County Council’s Local Officer is available on the Staffordshire County Council Web site, Staffordshire Connects – click here

    Parent Partnership, your GP, the School Nurse, Health Visitor are also useful points of contact.