Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

“Every teacher is a teacher of SEND”

Kirkstall Valley Primary School - SEND and Inclusion

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring that all our children succeed and reach their full potential. All our children are treated as individuals. We work with children, parents and other agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectation for all our children and put support in place at the earliest possible stage where needed.

The class teacher, alongside other support staff, plans an appropriately differentiated curriculum for our children with additional needs to ensure high quality teaching and learning with effective support and resources. Clear personal provision plans and care plans are put in place and reviewed regularly. A range of carefully tailored interventions are developed, reviewed and evaluated to ensure maximum progress and impact for our learners. Key assessments ensure that children are on track to meet targets and planning accurately addresses needs. Progress, targets and plans are regularly reviewed with the children and evaluated to inform next steps.

An appropriate and accessible learning environment is provided within the school’s means and confines of the building, and is adapted where possible. St Mary’s is committed to ensuring that staff receive regular training, and work alongside other professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise in specific areas of SEND, e.g. autism, speech and language, etc. Staff are able to offer a wide range of support and strategies for inclusion.

Our Catholic Compass Partnership works together on a regular basis to share good practice and keep up to date with changes to legislation. This ensures we fulfil our mission statement of the partnership:

Jesus Christ is at the centre of the life of the Partnership. We work together to ensure that all children reach their full potential by striving to offer the highest possible standards of education. We recognise that every child is unique, created in God’s image. We celebrate and nurture their individual gifts and talents. Inspired by faith, our partnership shares its achievements offering each other challenge and support, as together we follow Christ in self giving love and service.

The following school policies, available on the website, reflect the school’s commitment to inclusion, safety and well-being of the children:
·         Special Educational Needs
·         Behaviour and Discipline
·         Teaching and Learning
·         Safeguarding
·         Child Protection
·         Anti-Bullying

What does SEND mean?
SEND means special educational needs and disabilities. Children have a special need if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made. This will be if the child:

  • Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of school age within Local Authority Area.

The area of special need will be identified as either:

  • Cognition and Learning (general of specific learning difficulties)
  • Communication and Interaction (speech and language difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders)
  • Behaviour, Emotional and Social
  • Physical, Sensory and Medical (hearing, visual impairments, physical and medical difficulties

All schools are required by law to publish a local offer which outlines information to parent’s on how the school meets the needs of any pupils with Special Education Needs. Please follow the link below to read our offer. If you require any further information then we are more than happy to meet with you.


Our Local Offer / SEND Report is reviewed at least biannually. Please follow the link below to the latest version.!/directory

SEND Local Offer and Information Report 2020

Below is the link to our school policy for SEND & Inclusion

SEND & Inclusion Policy November 2020