Special educational provision means educational provision, which is additional to, or different from, the provision made generally for children of the same age in a mainstream school. At Village Primary all teachers are teachers of children with SEN and we are committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any child to be fully included in all aspects of school life. Our motto of ‘Explore, Dream, Discover’ permeates our curriculum and acts as the basis for our school values. Our vision is for all members of the school community to be respected in an inclusive setting where every child thrives and meets their individual potential. Through effective teaching and learning, support and encouragement and working closely with parents, carers and outside agencies we can enable the fulfilment of each child’s potential. We provide an enriched curriculum through real life experiences which promote confidence, respect and tolerance and where children are encourage to strive for success.

Well-rounded, community ready pupils are at the heart of our ethos to ensure that children are equipped for future learning, employment and adult life. We provide outstanding care through a safe and nurturing school where children’s needs are swiftly identified and addressed through teaching designed to educate, stimulate and challenge pupils. We foster positive relationships with parents and carers through good communication, shared purpose and responsibility so that together we can build on children’s progress and achievements. Pupil voice is at the heart of all we do to empower all children to become confident, resilient and reflective independent learners.

The SENDCO for Village Primary School is Mrs Richardson

All about me

My name is Mrs Richardson and I have been the SENDCo at Village Primary for over 5 years. I have two young children myself so I understand the challenge and joy that being a parent can bring. As well as being SENDCo, I am also a class teacher and have been teaching in Stockton for over 10 years. I have taught in all areas and year groups across school and I particularly enjoy teaching Maths, Music and RE.


  • What does SEND mean?

    SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The Code of Practice states that:

    A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability, which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

    A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

    • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
    • 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 or mainstream post-16 institutions

    If your child is registered as having SEN this does not mean that they are not academically able. There are a range of SENDs that can be supported in different ways in school.

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  • What happens if Village Primary School wants to register my child as having SEND?

    If we feel that your child needs extra support with their learning and there is a special educational need or disability, your child’s class teacher will contact you. You will be involved in the discussion around whether you consent to this and will be asked to sign a registration form. You will also be asked some basic question around your child’s health and development, which will support our understanding of your child’s needs. Once your child is registered as having SEND they will receive enhanced support at school which can come in many different forms.

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  • What should I do if I have concerns or outside agency involvement with my child?

    If you have any concerns around your child’s learning and development please speak to their class teacher. If you have any outside agency involvement with your child (e.g. GP, paediatrics, speech and language, health visitor) please let your child’s class teacher know and they will be able to advise you on our next steps as a school. This may mean that the school SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) Mrs Richardson will speak with you to discuss how we can support you and your child.

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  • Does my child have to stay on the SEND register until they are 18?

    No. Your child can be de-registered at any time. If your child’s class teacher feels that your child has made significant progress and no longer requires extra support we will discuss removing them from the SEND register with you.

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  • What types of SEND are there?

    There are four categories of special educational needs and disabilities.

    Cognition and Learning – this refers to the thinking skills and thought processes that a child has acquired. Learning needs can differ between subjects and situations.

    Communication and Interaction – this refers to speech, language and communicating. This can also include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other diagnosed conditions.

    Sensory and Physical – this can include hearing loss/impairment, visual impairment, sensory processing difficulties and physical difficulties. There is a variety of reasons for these needs including congenital conditions, injury or disease.

    Social, Emotional and Mental Health this is a broad term which refers to the social interactions, emotional well-being and mental health of pupils.

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  • What are the levels of support offered at Village Primary School?

    At Village Primary School we endeavour to deliver first high quality teaching and learning for all our pupils. If your child is registered as having SEND your child will receive support in school. This usually involves extra intervention work from both teachers and teaching assistants, highly differentiated resources and work or support from outside agencies such as speech and language support.

    If your child requires more targeted and specialist support they may receive Higher Needs Funding (HNF). This is applied for by Village Primary School and you will be contacted by the class teacher and SENDCO if we feel that your child would benefit from this.

    The next level of support is for your child to have an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is a legal document which stays with the child until they are 18. It is reviewed annually and ensures that children with higher needs are receiving the correct support from all agencies.

    All SEND children will have an Individual Educational Plan (IEP), which details the need for support, support provided, targets and progress. Parents and carers are involved in the target making and RAG rating process and we value your support with this. IEP’s are discussed during parent consultation week and when necessary throughout the year.

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  • Where can I get help and support as a parent?

    Stockton Borough Council provides a Local Offer which can be used to find support. They also offer the SENDIASS service, which provide support and advice for parents of children with SEND.

    Local Offer

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  • Who can I speak to at school regarding my child’s needs?

    The class teacher is the first point of contact to discuss your child’s needs. The SENDCO (Mrs Richardson) can also be contacted via the school telephone number 01642676768 for further discussion and support.

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  • What other agencies might Village Primary School use to support my child?

    Village Primary School use a range of outside agencies to support your child. You will always be asked to give consent before any assessment or work takes place. Some of the agencies used include:

    • Speech and Language Therapy (NHS Service)
    • Speech and Language practitioners (Let’s Talk)
    • Child and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
    • Occupational Therapy (OT)
    • Educational Psychology Service (EP)

    and many others.

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  • Mythbuster

  • My child has special education needs so will never make academic progress and reach attainment goals

    WRONG some of the most academically able children may also have special educational needs. Some of the richest people in the world have dyslexia, Autism and other educational needs and have gone on to achieve great things!

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  • My child will never get a job because they cannot read yet

    WRONG. All children develop at different rates and as a school we will support them in every way possible to ensure that they make progress and reach their goals

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  • My child will struggle at secondary school because they have special educational needs

    WRONG. We have robust communication with secondary schools to ensure that our children’s needs are catered fro when they transition to secondary school.

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  • A reminder that the school SENDCO is Mrs Richardson. She is available via the school phone number 01642676768

    Our SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) Information Report offers information for parents, in a single place, which helps them to understand what services they and their family can expect from a range of local agencies – including their statutory entitlements.

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    SEND Information Report March 2021
    Schools SEN Offer
    SEND policy
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