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Staverton C.E. Primary School

School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,

BA14 6NZ

Special Educational Needs

Our Special Needs Coordinator is : Miss L Parsons

She is supported by : Mrs L Arlett

Both can be contacted via or 01225 782388



Every teacher is a teacher of SEN. We want all the children to believe in themselves, to achieve well in class and succeed in life. BELIEVE. ACHIEVE. SUCCEED.  At Staverton, we set suitable learning challenges and respond to all children’s diverse learning needs. Some children have barriers to learning that mean they have Special Educational Needs and/ or disabilities and may require specific support from the school. At Staverton, we take account of these needs and make provision to support individuals or groups of children to enable them to participate fully in both social and academic activities so they are able to succeed and flourish in their personal life and within the wider community and leading on to adulthood.


We follow guidance from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (2014).

The SEND Code of Practice (1.xiii-xiv) defines SEND as

'A child or young person has SEN 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, or as 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.'


Staverton is committed to providing a full curriculum to as wide a range of pupils as possible including those pupils with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND). All pupils are fully integrated and supported. The four areas of SEND have been identified by the 2015 Code as:

  • Communication and Interaction including pupils who have an autistic spectrum condition
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs
  • Cognition and Learning

The SEN Information Report 


In line with the SEND Code of Practice 2015, schools have a duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the policy for Special Educational Needs and Disability. In the document below, we hope you will find information about the provision in place at Staverton C of E Primary School for children with SEND.


The report covers the following questions:

What kinds of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities provision does Staverton School provide for?

How does Staverton School know if children need extra help and should I do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs?

How will Staverton School support my child?

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

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

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the school?

What training do staff that support children with SEND receive?

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

How accessible is the school environment?  

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school or transfer to a new school?

How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

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

How are parents involved in the school? How can I be involved?

Who can I contact for further information?


Thrive is a therapeutic approach to help support children with their emotional and social development. The Thrive approach offers practical strategies and techniques and is built around online assessments which identify children’s emotional development and provides action plans for their individual needs.


Research has shown that how we behave is linked to how we feel and our emotions are linked to how we learn. By teaching children to recognise and notice these feelings and emotions it can help with their development and learning. Children sometimes need some extra support with their emotional growth and this can be temporary or over a longer period of time. Thrive promotes their emotional and social growth by building positive relationships between a child and their peers and helps them explore and understand their feelings through various activities.


At Staverton, we prioritise children’s emotional health and wellbeing; as such, we have committed to becoming a Thrive school.  We currently have 2 Thrive trained practitioners: Ms Cafferkey  and Mrs Clements and we are currently training 2 more members of staff. 


Thrive does not just apply to the provision we have, we are using it as a whole school approach. This ensures that the children receive consistent, positive messages on coping and dealing with their strong emotions from every member of staff.   


‘It changes perception of behaviour in children and truly makes it a whole school approach in which all staff can see they have a role to play’


The Local Offer

The Local Offer was developed by Wiltshire Council to explain the changes and to show what provision is available across education, health and social care. It sets out all of the information in one place and it is important to point out that it is for all children/young people who have SEND, including those who do not have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans (‘My Plans’ as they are called in Wiltshire). Please click on the link below for more information