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SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Our School SENDCo is Holly Purnell.  Miss Purnell works in school every Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please contact the school office or send her a message on Class Dojo.



All children are different - this is a fact that we embrace at Barwell Infant School.


We pride ourselves on being an inclusive school, catering for the needs of all our pupils and we encourage every child to 'be the best that we can be!'


As with all schools, some of our children will be assessed as having Special Educational Needs (SEND).  This term covers a wide range of circumstances; including physical or sensory difficulties, specific or general learning difficulties and emotional or behavioural difficulties. 


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Miss Purnell.  If you have a concern about your child, the first thing to do is speak to your child's teacher who will then raise your concern with Miss Purnell.


You can download a copy of our Special Educational Needs Policy using the link below:

The Leicestershire 'Local Offer'



Across the country, councils are reforming how special needs assessments are carried out and how support is designed; following the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014.


The move is designed to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families are fully involved in decisions about their support and what they want to achieve.


Local Offer for Leicestershire

How we support children


Curriculum Support

*Adaptation of learning in class by the class teacher through quality first teaching.

*Support from external services e.g. the Educational Psychologist service.

Communication and Interaction Difficulties

*Speech and language therapy support (SALT)

Social skills groups

*Involvement with Autism Outreach

*Hearing Impaired Service

*Visually Impaired Service

Behaviour and Emotional Support

*Liaison with Supporting Leicestershire Families

*Links with CAMHS, Community Paediatricians etc...

*Meetings with the SENDCo

*ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

*Adaption of the school building to facilitate access

*Health and Care Plans

*Physiotherapist or Occupational therapy advice and support

*Risk assessments




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