At St. Michael’s, we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision which will enable them to achieve their potential regardless of their specific need or personal circumstances. As we believe are all unique in terms of our characteristics, interests, abilities, motivation and learning needs. St Michael’s has a learning support programme and the aim of that is to support and enable pupils to fulfil their potential.

Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances may require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their special educational need or disability. We work with parents and other professionals including health visitors, school nurse, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists to ensure that we fully understand a child’s needs and make the best provision for them.

There are now four broad areas of SEND, in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice they are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

At St. Michael’s we follow a graduated response approach to the identification and support of special educational needs and disabilities.  We follow an assess-plan-do-review cycle to ensure that all our children’s individual needs are met.  Some children’s needs may be addressed through high quality first teaching and differentiation.  Other children may need and individual support plan to be put in place; this is reviewed termly in consultation with parents and relevant professionals.    

Where appropriate, some children have an Education, Health and Care Plan, which is developed in conjunction with parents and carers, partner professionals and the local authority.

St Michael’s accesses a range of services including Visual and Hearing-Impaired Team and Disability Team.  These services and others are contacted when necessary and appropriate, according to your child’s needs. Specialist equipment, books or other resources that may help your child are purchased as required

If you think your child may have a special educational need please contact their class teacher or the SENDCO Miss Potts through the school office.  

Further advice can be found on the