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 SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).

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 Russell, SENCO. Mrs Russell 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.

Arrangements for handling complaints from parents of children with SEND about the support the school provides

The school has a very robust Complaints Policy. If you are unable to solve any concerns by speaking directly with the class teacher or the Inclusion lead, then please refer to the process as detailed in the Complaints Policy (See key information – school policies).

Further Information and Support

Information on what needs to be in place before the school will make a referral to external/specialist agencies

BCP Local Offer

The BCP Council SEND Local Offer provides information on services and activities for children and young people living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Useful Websites

The school is simply sharing these websites as a useful source of information and is not endorsing or responsible for the content on these websites:

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