SEND at Strand Primary Academy

SENCO: Mrs Jenny Palmer/Ruth Beckett SEN Governor: Mark Rusby

SEN Information             


At Strand primary Academy we are fully inclusive school and believe that all pupils regardless of their specific needs have the opportunity to flourish. We are as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

What is SEND?

This extract from the SEND Code of Practice explains what Special Educational Needs (SEN) means:

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 or young person of compulsory school age is said to have SEN if they:

  1. Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
  2. Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

A child under compulsory school age has SEN if they fall within the definitions above or would do if special educational provision was not made for them.

The 4 broad areas of need are: 

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and Physical Needs.

The LA Local Offer

Since September 2014 the New Code of Practice states that all local authorities should publish their local offer. The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from the authority. Knowing what is available gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.

Please click on the link below for detailed information:

The School Local Offer

This utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is anle to meet.

Your Child has Special Educational Needs. What can we at offer you?

At Strand Primary Academy we embrace the uniqueness of all of our children and they are nurtured to flourish in their own individual way. The educational needs of every child are different, more so for those children with additional needs.

Please read our SEN Information Report to understand our school local offer.

You can read the SEN Report in full on our Statutory Information page here.

SEND Code of Practice accompanies this legislation and it can be found on the Department for Education’s website:


Strand Primary Academy is a fully inclusive school. A whole school policy on Special Educational Needs is implemented to cater for the individual requirements of these pupils.  A child identified as having a learning difficulty in any of the 4 broad areas of need will have bespoke provision map reviewed on a termly basis.  Parental involvement is encouraged throughout.

If pupils demonstrate any particular talent or ability this is encouraged by all staff.

My name is Mrs Palmer, the Special Needs Coordinator at Strand. I work alongside Ruth Beckett to ensure those children who require additional support have the right provision in place. The role involves taking responsibility for the school’s arrangements for identifying and meeting the special needs of pupils. I liaise with outside professionals who have a wealth of specialist knowledge, skills and advice to best support the individual needs of a child with SEND. Any correspondence should initially be made through the school office and I will contact you to discuss this.

REMOTE LEARNING – for more information see our Remote Learning SEND page.

At Strand Primary Academy, we are passionate about making sure all our children can access remote learning and continue to make progress in line with their individual needs and targets. As part of our remote learning during any school closure, we offer the following additional support for children and parents;

·        Places in school are offered to all our children in receipt of an EHCP

·        EHCP 1:1 Zoom sessions delivered by our SENCO

·        1:1 Zoom sessions for reading, RWI interventions and focused Pivot targets

·        The use of breakout rooms to support individuals social and emotional wellbeing 

·        Differentiated groupings that enable SEND children work with their class teacher on their PIVOT targets

·        Regular welfare calls to families

·        Our SENCO arranges and attends weekly individual speech and language appointments between the speech therapist and families. The attendance of Miss Walker enables sessions and support to continue for the families whilst face to face appointments are not available at the present time.

·        Wellbeing Wednesday – an screen free afternoon that enables families to concentrate on activities that supports positive mental health

In addition, we have created a booklet full of activities that will support parents in helping their children when learning at home which can be found on our Remote Learning SEND page in the parents tab.

If you have any worries, concerns or questions regarding your child’s remote learning please contact our SENCO team, Jenny Palmer or Ruth Beckett at email: or on 01472 354605