Special Educational Needs

What are Special Educational Needs?

Children will be identified as having a Special Educational Need where they continue to make inadequate progress despite high-quality teaching targeted and targeted intervention.

The class teacher working with the SENCO (Special Needs Coordinator) will assess whether the child has a significant learning difficulty.

Where this is the case, then there should be agreement about the SEN (Special Educational Needs) support that is required to support the child.


SENCO The SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) for our school is Mrs Claire Goddard.

Email: cgoddard@st-thomas-a-becket.wilts.sch.uk

Phone: 01980 620435

School SEN profile

The percentage of children with special educational needs is currently 9.6%.
Broken into the broad areas of speech/language, cognition/learning, behavioural/social/emotional and physical needs this is:

    • 3.2% speech/language, cognition/learning
    • 3.2% cognition/learning, behavioural/social/emotional
    • 3.2% behavioural/social/emotional

Our School Local Offer 2020

Local Offer 2020

Wiltshire Local Offer link


Our SEN policy can be found here:

Special Educational Needs Policy 2022


Communication – how will I know if the school has concerns about my child?

As soon as the school identifies that your child needs additional support with a particular aspect of their education, you will be informed verbally by your child’s class teacher. Attainment and progress is reported formally to parents three times a year (November, February and July) but if there are any concerns with your child’s progress the class teacher will report progress to you verbally on a regular basis.

We will liaise with you over the use of outside agencies and the support these can offer and talk to you about the support you can provide at home.

Once a ‘My Support Plan’ is in place, these will be reviewed termly and we will maintain communication  with you over your child’s progress.

Pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  will  have an annual review once a year.  An early annual review may be called if school staff consider it necessary; this may be because your child’s plan needs to be amended in some way before the scheduled annual review.

Who can help the school, parents/carers and children with SEN?

Outside agencies are professionals who work within the local authority or the NHS and have specialist understanding in particular areas that will help us to meet your child’s needs.  Outside agencies offering support to our school may include:

Special Educational Needs Support Service  Team

Speech and Language

Occupational Therapy

Educational Psychologist

Behaviour Support

Child Adolescent Mental Health Service

School Accessibility – How accessible is the school for my child?

Most of the school is accessible to wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. However there are stairs in the old part of the building which is regularly used by reception and year 1 children and steps up to the field.

There is a disabled toilet within the school.

What provision is in place for my child on school trips?

School trips are available to all. If necessary a meeting may be arranged with you beforehand to ensure that all measures have been taken to enable your child to be fully included. In special circumstances, you may be asked to accompany your child during the activity but the school do everything they can to ensure that your child can access it independently.

What about pupils with medical needs?

If necessary appropriate staff will receive training on supporting children with specific medical needs. Information on any potential emergency medical needs will be posted in all rooms for staff to access if an emergency arises.

Transition – Joining us

There are strategies in place to enable the pupil’s transition to be as smooth as possible. These include:

Discussions between the previous schools prior to the pupil joining.

Pupils entering at the start of the year will have the opportunity to spend time their new class prior to joining. Where a move happens mid-year, we will also liaise with you to arrange a “taster” visit prior to starting if possible.

For a pupil with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or who has more specialised needs, an additional meeting may be arranged between yourselves and the SENCO involved prior to starting to ensure that the necessary provision is in place.

The SENCO may need to liaise with outside agencies prior to your child starting to ensure that the necessary training/ provision is in place.

Moving on

For pupils with SEN transitioning to new schools we will liaise carefully with the new school and help ensure the necessary provision is in place and arrange extra visits to the new school prior to joining if necessary.