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SEN Information Report for Northgate Primary School 2019-2020

Part of the Norfolk Local Offer for Learners with SEN


Welcome to our SEN information report which is part of the Norfolk Local Offer for learners with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All Governing Bodies of maintained schools and maintained nursery schools and the proprietors of academy schools have a legal duty to publish information on their website about the implementation of the Governing Body’s or proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN. The information must be updated annually.

At Northgate Primary School we are committed to working together with all members of our school community. The local offer has been produced with pupils, parents/carers, governors and members of staff. We would welcome your feedback and future involvement in the review of our offer, so please do contact us. The best people to contact are:

Name of SEND Governor - Mrs J Bailey

Name of SENDCo – Mrs Joanne Doggett and Miss Vicki Aldous

Name of Head - Mrs Lindsay Hanger

School Council Link – Miss Laura Sweeney

If you have specific questions about the Norfolk Local Offer please look at the Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here. Alternatively, if you think your child may have SEN please speak to their Class Teacher or contact Mrs Doggett and Miss Aldous our SENDCo on 01493 856515.

Our Approach to Teaching Learners with SEN

At Northgate Primary School we believe in participation for all. We want all adults and children to participate in learning and we celebrate all members of our community. We want to create an inclusive culture in our school and we aim to be more responsive to the diversity of children’s backgrounds, interest and experience, knowledge and skills.

We value high quality teaching for all learners and actively monitor teaching and learning in the school. For more information on our approach please see our teaching and learning policy by clicking here.

Our school improvement plan is about developing learning for all and details our planned continued professional development (CPD) opportunities for all staff.

We aim to create a learning environment which is flexible enough to meet the needs of all members of our school community. We monitor progress of all learners and staff continually assess ensuring that learning is taking place. Our whole school system for monitoring progress includes regular pupil progress meetings, and staff engage in coaching and supervision.

How we identify SEN

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice defined SEN 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 them. A child of compulsory school age or young person has learning difficulty or disability if they:

(a) Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or

(b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind general provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.”

If a learner is identified as having SEN, we will provide provision that is ‘additional to or different from’ the normal differentiated curriculum, intended to overcome the barrier(s) to their learning.

Learners can fall behind in school for lots of reasons. At Northgate Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all learners have access to learning opportunities and for those who are at risk of not learning, we will intervene. This does not mean that all vulnerable learners have SEN. Only those with a learning difficulty that requires special educational provision will be identified as having SEN.

Assessing SEN at Northgate Primary School

Class teacher, support staff, parents/carers and the learner themselves will be first to notice a difficulty with learning.

At Northgate Primary School we ensure that assessment of educational needs, directly involves the learner, their parents/carers and of course their Teacher. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) will also support with the identification of barriers and learning. We have a range of assessment tools available.

To find out about them click here

For some learners we may want to seek advice from specialist teams. In our school we have access to various specialist services. We have access to services universally provided by Norfolk County Council, which are described by the Local Offer website available here.

Northgate Primary School has commissioned for 2019/20support from:

Sue Sengupta                                      Autism Advisory Support

Respectrum Advisory Services            Advisory Teachers / Occupational Therapist/Educational Psychologist

Dr Sillifant and Associates                      Education Psychology Services

Cathy Fiddy                                         Mindfulness coach

Kath Wallace                                       Art Therapy

We also employ additional Learning Support Assistants who deliver the interventions in the provision map as co-ordinated by our SENDCO.

Each class has at least 2 full time TAs who support children with SEN in class. We staff a morning only EYFS/KS1 Nurture class for 10 children based on the Marjorie Boxall model. We have two Learning Support Units (KS1 and KS2), for between 12-15 children. The KS1 LSU runs in the mornings and offers comprehensive support for children with significant learning difficulties while the KS2 LSU has full-time provision. The children attending these units are selected using a range of assessment tools and are closely monitored by the Senior Leadership Team. As well as our MSA (Midday Supervisors/dinner ladies) team, our team of TAs have staggered lunch hours to support children including those with SEN. In KS2 a cooking nurture group runs 2 afternoons a week to support children in a small group.


The kinds of Special Educational Needs for which provision is made at our school

  • Moderate learning difficulties
  • Developmental delay
  • Speech, language and communication disorders
  • Sensory impairments
  • Specific learning difficulties – eg: dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia
  • Social communication disorders – eg: autism/ODD
  • Medical needs
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Social and Emotional difficulties
  • Mental health issues
  • Although comprehensive this list is not limited and there may be other areas of need that are supported based on the individual needs of children.
  • Children who are Looked After by the local authority and children with EAL may qualify for SEN provision which is based on an individual need.

What we do to Support Learners in SEN at Northgate Primary School

Every Teacher is required to adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards 2012 detail the expectations of all Teachers, and we at Northgate Primary School are proud of our Teachers and their development. The Teacher Standards are available here

Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum this might include using:

>Visual timetables

>Writing frames

>Positive behaviour rewards system

>Small group work

Each learner identified as having SEN is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ normal differentiated curriculum.

The type of support is dependent on the individual learning need, and it is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified.

Staff Training

Several members of staff have attended the accredited Nurture training. The quality mark for Nurture was awarded again for the fourth time 4th May 2018.

Many staff members are trained in the following:

  • ELKLAN – speech and language
  • Language groups
  • Catch-up – reading/maths
  • Sound Discovery
  • Number Count
  • Talking Partners
  • Precision Teaching
  • ASD strategies
  • Talking and Drawing
  • Mental Health Champion training

Funding of SEN

Northgate Primary School receives funding directly to the school from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. This is described in an SEN memorandum and fluctuates every year.

Schools are also invited to apply for “top up” funding from Norfolk County Council for high need children who require support beyond the nominal allocation included in the SEN memorandum when needed.

The amount allocated is dependent on the needs of the child and is used to contribute to additional high level support, the purchase of specialist equipment and provision for additional needs as detailed in some Education Healthcare Plans (EHCP).

How do we find out if this support if effective?

Monitoring progress is an integral part of teaching and leadership within Northgate Primary School. Parents/carers, pupils and staff are involved in reviewing the impact of interventions for learners with SEN. We follow the ‘assess, plan, do, review’ model and ensure that parents/carers and children are involved in each step. Before any additional provision is selected to help a child, the SENDCo, Teacher, parent/carer and learner, agree what they expect to be different following this intervention. A baseline will also be recorded, which can be used to compare the impact of the provision.

Children, parents/carers and their teaching and support staff will be directly involved in reviewing progress. This review can be built into the intervention itself, or it can be a formal meeting held at least once a term, where we all discuss progress and next steps. If a learner has an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) the same termly review conversations take place, but the EHC plan will also be formally reviewed at least annually.

The SENDCo collates the impact data of interventions, to ensure that we are only using interventions that work. Click here for Impact Statement

We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to ensure participation for all, so please contact our Parent Support Advisor, Mrs Penny Manning to discuss specific requirements.

At Northgate Primary School we abide by the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This legislation places specific duties on schools, settings and providers including the duty not to discriminate, harass or victim is a child or adult linked to a protected characteristic defined in the Equality Act and to make ‘reasonable adjustments.’

The Equality Act 2010 definition of disability is:

“A person has a disability for the purposes of this Act if (S)he has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.”

Section 1(1) Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The definition of disability in the Equality Act includes children with long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and cancer. Children and young people with such conditions do not necessarily have SEN but there is significant overlap between disabled children and young people and those with SEN. Children and young people may therefore be covered by both SEN and disability legislation.

For more information about the Equality Act, the protected characteristics or duties on public bodies please click here.

Preparing for the Next Step

Transition is part of life for all learners. This can be transition to a new class in school, having a new teacher, or moving on to another school, training provider or moving in to employment. Northgate Primary School is committed to working in partnership with children, families and other providers to ensure positive transitions occur.

Have your say

Northgate Primary School is our community school. We can shape and develop provision for all of our learners ensuring achievement for all. This SEN report declares our annual offer to learners with SEN, but to be effective it needs the co-operation of all parents/carers, learners, governors and staff. So please work with us to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

Review Date: September 2019


Useful links 

Parent Partnership

Department for Education