Special Needs

Somerford Primary School is a highly inclusive learning environment which supports pupils with a wide range of special educational needs. Our SENCO, Luke Thorne is responsible for ensuring children who are identified as having a special educational need are able to access learning within the classroom. Should you have any concerns with regards to your child and their progress at school, you should firstly discuss these with the class teacher. Our staff are able to provide appropriate interventions that help many children make accelerated progress in their learning. Where this is not the case, a further meeting with Mr Thorne and the class teacher can be made via the school office. This meeting is an opportunity to discuss what else can be put in place to help support your child while they attend school.


Our school’s curriculum has been designed to ensure that children can access an inspiring, engaging curriculum which is broad and balanced. The curriculum has been designed so that children with SEN can make sustained, good progress. The school curriculum allows flexibility to be built into its implementation, so that teachers can make changes where necessary to ensure children are engaged with their learning, regardless of whether or not they have SEN. Progress is monitored regularly through pupil progress meetings, SEN Provision Map reviews, Individual Education Plan reviews, parental consultations and where appropriate, annual reviews for children with Educational, Health and Care Plans. Hopefully these will provide your family with the opportunity to measure your child’s progress. However, should you require further information, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance. This is often the quickest and easiest way to ensure they make progress.


Teachers at Somerford School will work through a graduated response to supporting children with SEN, as many challenges with learning can be overcome with targeted intervention. The school will look at the four broad areas of special educational need: communication and interaction; cognition and learning; social, emotional and mental health; sensory and/or physical. Should your child need support in any of these areas, the class teacher will advise you of what support can be put in place as part of quality first teaching. If these are not successful, then further support may be necessary.


Somerford Primary School has introduced the Thrive Approach for all children who attend. Mr Thorne is a licensed Thrive Practitioner and can offer children, their families and the staff who support them advice and interventions to help them develop their self-regulation and engagement to learning. If your child is identified as requiring further Thrive support, Mr Thorne will contact you to discuss what needs have been identified and to implement a more in-depth assessment. The school also offer Family Thrive sessions for families whose children require Thrive assessments and these are supportive sessions to help families develop strategies to help with behaviours that challenge, based upon child development principles and leading neuro-scientific research.


At Somerford Primary School, we operate a plan, do, review system to ensure children with additional needs are well provided for. If a teacher identifies a child as not making good progress, you will be advised of this and they will be placed on targeted interventions to help them catch up with their peers. If this intervention is not successful, a review of the challenge will be carried out and either a different intervention put in place, or an Individual Education Plan will be written and you will be consulted on the content of the plan. After the plan is implemented, it will be reviewed and the child will either come off the plan, as sufficient progress will have been made, or the plan will be modified or changed as per the need of the child. If a child’s progress continues to be significantly behind that of their peers, it may be necessary to ask for other professionals to offer advice and support. We currently work with NHS Speech and Language, BCP Educational Psychology and BCP BOOST Outreach Service for many of our children with SEN. If the school feel this support is necessary, we will discuss this with you prior to any consultation with other professionals.