Special Educational Needs


 “The purpose of our community is to recognise the worth and dignity of all and to fully develop the talents of each person.”


Welcome to St Joseph’s SEND information page.  My name is Mrs Emma Bolton and I am the SENCO at St Joseph’s Primary School.  We hope you find everything you need on this page, if you require any more information or want to ask any questions, please do not hesitate to contact school on 01706 823645 or email stjosephs@bury.gov.uk.

Our SEN Link governor is Mrs Lynsey Eaton.

This report has been co-produced with our link governor.

This report has been co-produced with our link governor and one of our parents, Mrs Williams.

  1. What kinds of SEN does St Joseph’s provide for?

A child is considered to have a special educational need when provision is made, or is needed to be made, that is different from, or additional to, the provision made available to all pupils.

In line with the Equalities Act 2010, St Joseph’s provides support for pupils within the 4 areas of special educational needs and disability identified in the SEND Code of Practice 2015.  These areas are:-

  • Communication and Interaction

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

  • Sensory and/or Physical.

Disabled access is available to maintain the dignity of all pupils.

   2.  Policies available on our website:

  • SEN

  • Anti-Bullying

  • Complaints Procedure

  • Accessibility Plan

   3.  Who to contact

  • Our SEN Co-ordinator is Mrs Emma Bolton, contactable through school: 01706 283645, stjosephs@bury.gov.uk

   4.  How does the school know if a child needs extra support?

  • Liaison with nursery schools/previous schools;

  • Teachers assess our children regularly, both periodically using testing and every day through classroom routines.

  • Information is passed from parents via our “Open Door” Policy.

  • The SEN Governor regularly liaises with the SEN Co-ordinator.

  5.  How are parents involved?

  • School has an open door policy

  • When intervention programmes will benefit individual children, parents are always involved in this process.

  • Parents’ Evenings.

  • SEN Parents Voice Group – Parents are invited to meetings and a coffee morning held throughout the year.

  • Parents are invited to SEN meetings for their children which are at least annual.

  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for children are sent to parents each term.

  • Bury Local Authority can be contacted to assist in enquiries – there is a “Local Offer” from Bury.

  • Termly reports and a written annual report at the end of the year.

  • Parent Questionnaires

  • Home/school diaries are used with some individuals to keep links with home strong

  • Parents are invited to whole school events such as class assembles, collective worships.

  6. How will St Joseph’s support a child who has SEN?

  • Teachers plan and differentiate to meet the needs of the abilities of all children.

  • A variety of teaching styles are employed by staff, including Kagan Structures, which caters for different styles of learning.

  • The curriculum is adapted to allow all access to learning.

  • Alternative methods of recording are offered where appropriate.

  • We assess their needs through observation and rigorous formal assessment.

  • We encourage dialogue with parents and listen to the views of the child.

  • Identify and implement the appropriate support for the child.

  • We work closely with outside agencies to support the child and implement suggested programmes.

  • We ensure appropriate resources are in place (such as visual timetables).

  • Where appropriate, staff attend appointments with children, for example: speech therapy.

  • We regularly monitor the progress of children.

  • We ensure successful transition between classes, across key stages and with high schools.

  • We ensure staff are appropriately trained.

  • We adapt the environment to support the needs of the child.


  7.  How will St Joseph’s and parents know how a child is progressing?

We believe that your child’s education should be a partnership between parents and teachers, therefore we aim to keep communication channels open and communicate regularly, especially if your child has complex needs.

  • The school knows how a child is progressing by monitoring the progress that the child makes at regular intervals throughout the year.

  • Parents know how their child is progressing through annual reports, SEN meetings, Parents’ Evening and informal discussions throughout the year.

8. How do we decide what resources we can give to a child/young person with special educational needs?

  • The school’s SEND budget is used to fund additional adult support in class, at playtimes and so that intervention, enrichment and mentoring programmes can take place; to buy any specialist support, and/or resources which are necessary to ensure access to the curriculum; to cover the cost of training in order to build staff skills.

  • Resources are allocated in line with each child’s needs, as identified by the teaching assistant, the class teacher or the SENCo.

  • The SENCo liaises with the school’s Business Manager and Head Teacher in order to ensure that the SEND budget is spent appropriately to support children with additional needs

9. How are SEN developments kept up with?

  • Staff training is provided throughout the school year.

  • Staff have had training in these areas:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Speech and Language Communications Needs, Safeguarding, Numicon, English, Dyslexia Friendly Strategies, Precision Teaching, Team Teach, Medical – defibrillator and asthma.

  • The Additional Needs Team provide training for us.

  • We share good practice with other schools.

  • Additional training is provided where necessary.


  10.  Which interventions does St Joseph’s offer?


  • Firm Foundations

  • Better Reading

  • Toe to Toe

  • Phonics

  • Read Write Inc

  • Active Literacy Kit

  • Beanstalk

  • Write Dance

  • Dough Disco

  • IDL


  • Firm Foundations

  • Numicon

  • First Class at Number

  • Closing the Gap

Other, including physical, social and emotional:

  • Jump Ahead

  • Lego Therapy

  • Concentration Programme

  • Time to Talk

  • Talk About

  • Rainbows

  • Nurture group

  • Reading Dog Therapy

  • Commando Joe

  • Caritas Counselling

  11.  Which specialist services can St Joseph’s access?

  • Dyslexia Teams

  • Dyspraxia / Dyscalculia Teams

  • Cognition and Learning Team

  • Speech and Language Team

  • Social Communication Difficulties Team

  • Behaviour Outreach

  • NHS

  • Bereavement



  • Physical Disability Team

  • The Ark Primary Referral Unit

  • Therapy Dog

 12. How are governors involved and what are their responsibilities?

  • Governors meet termly to discuss matters of importance relating to many different aspects of the school and are involved in the writing of policies.

  • One of the governors is responsible for SEND.  Our SEND governor is Lynsey Eaton.  

  • The governors are made fully aware of the confidentiality policy held in school and adhere to this in their role.

13. Extra-curricular activities.

  • All children at St Joseph’s are welcome to participate in extra-curricular activities and appropriate provision is always made to ensure that they are fully included.

14. How accessible is the school environment?

  • Disabled toilet

  • There are four steps at the front of the building to access the main entrance/office.  Access to the hall and Reception/Year 1 classrooms can be gained by alternative routes from outside and include no steps.

  • There a steps from the KS2 playground leading into school by Year 2 and Year 1.

  • The accessibility plan can be found on the school’s website.

  • If advice is needed, school will seek advice from physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Accessibility plan

 15. How does St Joseph’s support the transition of a child with SEN?

Transition to/within EYFS

  1. There is liaison with the previous academic providers and home.

  2. Opportunities for children to meet new teachers and their new peers on “Moving Up Sessions”.

  3. Parent’s New Intake Meeting.

  4. Pupil Conferences between teachers to pass up information.

Transition to/within Key Stages

  1. Opportunities for children to meet new teachers and their new peers on “Moving Up Morning”.

  2. Pupil Conferences between teachers to pass up information.

  3. More opportunities for children to meet their new teacher, for e.g. sending messages.

  4. Opportunity to provide a “Social Story” to help individuals with transition if needed.

Transition to High School

  1. Consideration within the Year 5 annual review for children with EHCPs about forthcoming transition.

  2. Primary SENCO meeting with the high school SENCO.

  3. High school SENCO meets with Year 6 teacher and the child.

  4. Children visit the high school before they leave Year 6, and for some children an “Enhanced Transition” is put in place in addition to this.

  5. Transition meetings with the high schools to discuss attendance and behaviour; assessments and friendships are held with the Head of Year 7.

  6. Senco’s of the feeder high school are invited to the Year 6 annual reviews.

  7. Pupil / SEN information is passed onto the high school.

16. Who can I contact further?

Your child’s class teacher is the best person to talk to regarding any concerns or questions you may have.  Teachers are available at the end of the day for brief chats, however, meetings can be arranged if you would like more time to discuss your concerns privately.  If necessary, they would direct you to the school’s SENCo, Mrs Bolton, who would be able to provide more detailed information for you.  The Head teacher, Mrs Moncado, can be contacted via the school office and a meeting can be arranged.

 17. Where can I find information about Local Authority provision for children and young people with SEN?

Parent Forum is available to provide support and is based at Phoenix House, 100 Brierley St, Bury, BL9 9HN – Tel: 0161 762 1444

Advice and information from Bury LA about the “Local Offer”.

Link to Bury SENDIASS website for information




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