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Special educational needs and disability

At Parson Cross Church of England Primary School our school philosophy is to help every child realise his or her true potential, socially and academically.  The school delivers a broad, full and balanced curriculum in an atmosphere where children feel valued, secure and happy.  We are committed to ensuring that children with special educational needs have the same opportunities as other pupils and we aim to meet individual needs to promote successful learning.

Miss Peniston is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO).  She was awarded the Post Graduate Special Educational Needs Coordination National Award for SEND Coordination in 2018. 



Our aim is that all children receive quality first teaching which maximises progress.  We ensure that classroom activities are appropriately differentiated, where necessary, so that all children are involved and have access to appropriate resources to support their learning and support is provided.  Some members of staff are trained in specific areas of SEND and can offer personalised learning programs to meet individual need.


Identifying children with special educational needs and disability

All children’s attainment is monitored to identify whether they are making sufficient progress for their age and capability.  We meet termly to discuss the children and this is an opportunity to highlight any difficulties that any child is having that may be affecting their academic or social development.  Where a child is not making the expected progress, then we identify the need, determine the barriers and put provision in place to try and overcome these barriers.  When a child’s progress is giving further cause for or their learning need is more complex and persistent than can be met by the school interventions already put in place, school will consult with relevant external services.  Once any assessments have been completed and support has been received from the relevant outside agencies, the child may be placed on our SEND register. For children that have more acute needs, the school may issue a My Plan or apply for an Educational Health Care Plan.  When identifying the needs of our SEND learners, we aim to ensure that the child and parents/carers have an input into the support they receive and that they can see the impact of any extra support given.


What we offer

Our Church of England Primary School offers a nurturing Christian ethos in which all children are appropriately challenged in order to develop and flourish.  We strive to ensure that our children are happy and able to enjoy a wide curriculum, which includes both social and academic learning.


Parental involvement

At Parson Cross Church of England Primary School we feel that parental involvement is crucial in order for children to make progress and be happy.  We hold termly review meetings in which parents of SEND children are invited to discuss the progress of their child and the next key steps in their learning.  At these meetings there is an opportunity to include other agencies and seek specialist advice and support.  We also offer an open door policy and encourage a supportive relationship between our parents and teachers.  Miss Peniston our SENDCO, can be contacted via jpeniston@parsoncross.sheffield.sch.ukFor more information on how we support children with SEND, please read our SEND Policy and Information Report 2021.

Meet The Team

Key members of staff regarding SEN provision in school are shown below. You can contact them via the school office on 01142 31395