Special Educational Needs Information

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Further Special Education Needs Information

Accessibility Plan 2020/21

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.



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We are very proud to have been awarded the highest level of the Devon Inclusion Award for Dyslexia (enhanced level). As part of the process working towards this award, between 2014 and 2016, the whole school team worked hard to ensure that they were able to meet the needs of all learners across the school regardless of their individual needs or difficulties. A small committee of children was also established, called the 'DFS Group' (Dyslexia Friendly School); their role was to put forward ideas, evaluate resources and to give a pupil voice to this endeavour. 

Parents have also attended a Workshop led by Ann Atherton (Devon Dyslexia Outreach Specialist) and are always welcome to meet with class teachers and/or the SENDCo to discuss their child's needs.

We regularly update and revisit this skill-set to ensure our high quality delivery of support to those with dyslexic tendencies.


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.