Special Educational Needs Information

At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

At Instow Primary School and Pre-school, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils based on three principles:

  • setting suitable learning challenges;
  • responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs;
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.


For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide. This provision is alongside the Devon Local Offer:




This website provides valuable information about different agencies, services and resources for children, young people with SEND and their families in addition to school resources and information.


Multi Agency Early Help Offer- more information can be found at Devon Children and Families Partnership:





Early Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem, or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious.

It is not a specific service or team, it’s an approach that brings together people from a range of services and teams who will work together with your whole family to help improve the situation for everyone. By identifying and building on your strengths as a family we can help and support you to find long term solutions to your issues, as well as developing your skills to help you manage any future challenges.


Devon Information Advice and Support (DIAS)

Further support and advice for parents can be accessed from DIAS. This organisation is able to provide impartial and independent advice, support and information on special educational needs and disabilities.


If you have any questions about SEND provision, please contact our school SENDCo -           

Mrs Lesley Turner in the first instance or make an appointment by ringing Maria Williams in the school office. 

email – l.turner@instowcps.co.uk

Telephone – 01271 860 545


Early Help Leaflet for Parents

Information and Links to online support for children with additional needs

Special Educational Needs during Coronavirus 2020-2021

School nurse contact details and how they can help

Further Special Education Needs Information

Accessibility Plan 2022/2023

Supporting Children with SEND

At Instow Community Primary School we are committed to being a fully inclusive school and believe that all children have a right to be educated alongside their peers and have a great deal to offer others through their individuality. We welcome all children into our school and would not seek to exclude a child because of any perceived 'difficulties' they may have.


Some children and young people have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and these needs mean a child may require additional support at certain times during their time at Instow. We have several approaches that we use to cater for these needs, ranging from additional support in class to specific targeted interventions. We have a committed and dedicated team to ensure good quality teaching within our school for all our pupils.


Targeted Support and Intervention

We monitor each child’s learning carefully to ensure they are making progress at least in-line with national expectations. When a child is not making expected progress and this cannot be addressed by the methods routinely used by class teachers, we may assign them to a ”targeted support/ intervention” group. This is a group of children who benefit from working in a small group to get back on-track with their learning.  These groups focus on the particular areas children need to grasp to enable them to make progress to the next level and often last for a specified number of weeks, up to 16 weeks, depending on the programme.


Additional Support

Some children may need more long-term support or may have specific difficulties relating to particular medical, cognitive or behavioural conditions. In these cases, we devise an additional SEN Support Plan (currently called a My Plan), setting detailed short-term targets and we may assign additional adult support to help the child to achieve these.


Outside Agencies

Some children may also benefit from being supported by staff from outside agencies. We work closely with the Devon Psychology Service, the School Nursing Team, Speech and Language Service, Communication and Interaction team and the Integrated Children’s Services, locally based.


Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

Our SENCo is Lesley Turner and she liaises with class teachers, our teaching assistants, the Headteacher and the SEN Governor to ensure that all the children who need support are receiving the right level of help from the right professionals. The SENCo also liaises with the outside agencies mentioned above and consults an Educational Psychologist regularly to make sure appropriate support is being put in place so that the needs of each child are being met. All staff have received introductory Thrive training and two members of staff are fully trained. This means that children with emotional and social barriers to their learning receive appropriate support.


Would you like to talk to someone?

If you feel your child may need additional support with their learning, please discuss this in the first instance with your child’s teacher or contact Maria Williams in the school office to make an appointment to see Mrs. Turner.  


What is the “Local Offer”?

The Children and Families Bill came into force in March 2014.  From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the 0-25’s.  This is called the “Local Offer”.

Devon County Council has taken a multi-agency approach in supporting young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).  This means new ways of working where schools, care workers and the National Health Service work together to provide for a SEND child.

Please click below to visit the Devon County Council’s dedicated web pages relating to the local offer as well as websites of support for a range of different needs.



Privacy Notice (Data Protection Act)




We were very proud to be awarded the highest level of the Devon Inclusion Award for Dyslexia (enhanced level) back in 2014 but the journey did not end there. We regularly update and revisit this skill-set to ensure our high quality delivery of support to those with dyslexic traits continues. Since then, we have undertaken training from the Dyslexia Outreach team, including training to identify children with dyslexic needs, up-to-date reading and spelling interventions and time to evaluate the latest resources. We also invite the Dyslexia Outreach Team to carry out specific Literacy Assessments for children who have significant needs, in order that we can ensure that the right support is in place for children to make progress.


Please find below useful information about the ways that you can support your child with dyslexia and links to websites that provide more detail. 






Please click on the document below to find out how we can help and advise you if your child has special educational needs.