Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

‘Ayresome Primary School is a diverse, inclusive community where everyone is valued. New pupils are met with a warm welcome by staff and fellow pupils. They settle in quickly and soon feel part of the school community. Leaders are ambitious for all pupils to achieve well, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They identify pupils with SEND quickly so that they can support them. Teachers make adaptations in the classroom to ensure pupils with SEND access a broad curriculum.’  

Ofsted, Inspection Report. May 2023. 


Inclusion Team 

We have a dedicated Inclusion team who work closely together, alongside all staff, to support our children and their families.  

  • Mrs Goring – Deputy Head Teacher for Inclusion 
  • Mrs Barker – SENDCo 
  • Miss Reveley – Safeguarding Officer 
  • Mrs Tidy – School Counsellor 


If you have concerns regarding your child’s needs or progress, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance, who is best placed to have the most up-to-date information about your child and who can work together with you to support your child’s learning. Following this, if appropriate one of the Inclusion team may become involved in the support of your child, at which point and through discussion with you, your child may be placed on the Special Educational Needs register.  


Working in partnership with you 

In an environment where all children are valued and everyone’s voice is heard, we will: 

  • Work in partnership with you to identify and support any additional needs your child may have. 
  • Draw upon expertise from across school and with class teachers to monitor the progress of all pupils. 
  • Ensure all children have access to a broad and exciting curriculum, following the National Curriculum. 
  • Strategically deploy support and commission services to identify need, provide support and remove barriers to learning, so that all children can make progress. 


Identifying children’s individual needs 

‘A pupil has SEND where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’ – SEND Code of Practice 2014 

Our school is committed to early identification of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). We deploy a robust graduated response to meeting SEN and Disability (SEND) in line with the SEND Code of Practice 0-25, 2014. All children throughout the school are monitored regularly to ensure they continue to access the curriculum successfully and to help early identification of need. A range of evidence is collected through assessment and monitoring arrangements, as well as regular discussions between the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) and the class teachers. If these suggest that any pupil is not making the expected progress, or their needs have changed, the class teacher and parents/carers will work with the SENDCo in order to decide if, or how, additional provision is implemented. 


External Support 

We commission support and expertise from a range of external agencies, including, but not limited to: 


Children’s Speech and Language Therapy 

Children’s speech and language therapy – South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


The Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team  

Early Years and Primary Inclusion Team | Middlesbrough 


Middlesbrough Educational Psychology Service 

Educational Psychology Service (EP) | Middlesbrough 


Children’s Occupational Therapy 

Children’s occupational therapy – South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service 

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service – (CAMHS) | Middlesbrough 


STARS service for sensory impairment 

STARS (sensory teaching, advisory, and resources service) | Middlesbrough Council 


Middlesbrough Ethnic Minority Achievement Team 

Ethnic Minority Achievement Team (EMAT) | Middlesbrough Council 


Useful Links 

 Middlesbrough Local Authority Local Offer 


Special Educational Needs Code of Practice – 


Information about Education, Health Care Plans  



Some other useful websites