What is a Special Educational Need?

At The Priory VA CE Primary School, we embrace the fact that every child is made in the image of God and unique. Therefore, the educational need of every child is different; this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.

The four broad ‘areas of need’ are defined as: Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Sensory and Physical Needs.

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are sometimes identified before they start school, others are initially identified by assessments carried out by school staff before being placed on the Special Needs Register. Support from other agencies will be requested if required. Children can be on the SEN register for a short while whilst they receive some intervention or throughout their schooling, this depends on their level of need. Parents will be kept informed and consulted regarding any decisions relating to SEN children by their child’s class teacher and/or Inclusion Leader.

SEND Support at The Priory School

These pages are designed to give you information about SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) procedures in our school and to signpost you to other organisations and agencies that may be of interest.

Please remember that if you have any concerns about your child, your first point of contact should always be your child’s class teacher or Mrs Sibbald, Inclusion Leader. Mrs Sibbald can be contacted via the school office –

The Priory SEND Policies & Information Report

All our policies relating to SEND can be found on the School Policies page.

School SEN Information Report

To find out what The Priory Primary School provides to support SEND and how this compares with other local schools please take a look at the School Information Report. This is updated annually.

Further Information and Support


Please click on the link below to view the Dorset Local Offer information for parents regarding support for SEND children, while we await clarity from BCP on the new local offer:



Please see below for Anxiety Web Links:


Area of Need: Communication and Interaction

(Autism awareness)

Book trust


The Communication Trust –What works?


The Communication Trust –Early years




National Autistic Society


Network Autism


Talking Point


Downs Syndrome Education




Cereba: Help, information for parents and professionals




Area of Need: Social Emotional and Mental Health


Association of infant Mental Health (AIMH)


Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)


Young Minds


Information for Parents


Contact : Resource Library: Fact Sheets and Parent Guides


Council for Disabled Children local-ias-service


Dorset SENDIASS – Information, Advice and Support Service


SENDIASS Service Leaflet Nov. 2017 A4


Sleep Hygiene for Children


Tips For Separating & Separated Parents


Useful Mental Health Apps

Calm – a meditation app that also does breathing exercises

MoodPanda –  a mood tracker –

Reach out worry time – an app to help manage ‘what if’ worries that people may spend too much time worrying about