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Special Educational Need and Disabilities (SEND)

The School’s Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Jo Latham. 


Our School


Locking is committed to providing a high quality education for all. We believe that all children, including those identified as having Special Education Needs have a common entitlement to a broad curriculum and are passionate about supporting all pupils in achieving a positive outcome.


Any parent of pupils with SEND considering joining us at Locking Primary School should initially make contact with the Head Teacher to discuss concerns and strategies for a positive induction.


How will school staff support my child?

  • SENDCos – Jo Latham - oversee the day to day operation of the provision for SEND
  • Class teachers -All teachers are teachers of children with SEND they identify, assess and make provision for children with SEND through their quality first teaching.
  • Learning mentor – Rachel Keate - Offer support to children and families going through difficulties at home and at school.
  • HLTAs – monitor the impact of intervention programs.
  • Support staff - Work under the direction of class teachers and SENDCo

If you wish to contact the school SENDCO please do so through the school email address and it will be forwarded to Jo Latham. Alternatively, you may wish to call the school on 01934 822867 to speak to her directly. 


What do I do if I think my child has child has additional needs?


Please discuss any concerns with your child’s class teacher, who can liaise with the SENDCo.


How do we identify children with Additional Needs?


Our highly experienced staff are committed to identify additional needs as early as possible to ensure that appropriate support is put in place. Children’s additional needs are identified in the following ways:


  • Discussions with parents / carers
  • Pupil tracking and pupil progress meetings
  • Observations by teachers and other staff
  • Discussions / work with the SENDCo
  • Liaising / discussions with previous schools / providers
  • Working closely with ELAN specialist support
  • Where available support from health, social care and other agencies


Assessment and Review of Provision:


Ongoing assessment of progress and provision ensures all children access effective learning opportunities. Assessment procedures include:


  • Feedback from the child
  • Feedback from support staff
  • Day to day teacher observations
  • Discussions with parents / carers
  • Discussions / observations by SENDCo / external agencies
  • SENDCo report to Governors
  • Ongoing assessment of SEN provision and intervention singularly and as part of the whole school Monitoring & Evaluation cycle
  • Termly tracking and challenge for all pupils


 Supporting social and emotional needs:


Children’s social and emotional development affects their behaviour and their learning. We support their development in this area by:


  • Sensitive teaching and a commitment to flexibility.
  • A pastoral team who provide 1:1 work/small group and class support.
  • Having an awareness of bullying on children’s wellbeing.
  • Well being features strongly and is embedded throughout our curriculum.

For further information, please see the ELAN SEN and inclusion policy, anti –bullying policy and the pastoral information on the website.




We work hard to ensure all children are able to access all aspects of the curriculum and the school environment.


Participation in the Curriculum


 We provide all pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum, differentiated and adjusted to be inclusive of the needs of individual pupils and their preferred learning styles: and endorses the key principles in the current National Curriculum framework, which underpins the development of a more inclusive curriculum:


  • Setting suitable learning challenges.
  • Giving all pupils the opportunity to experience the “wider world” Responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs
  • Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of pupils
  • In line with our Inclusion Policy
  • As children’s special needs are identified, appropriate measures are put in place, using expert advice where necessary, to develop the children as independent learners within the bounds of their SEN/Disability.
  • Parents/carers are encouraged to help develop aspirational and appropriate outcomes for children with SEND
  • All children are fully included in all areas of the curriculum within the designated school times including school trips, plays and school clubs regardless of their SEND.
  • The ethos of the school celebrates diversity and encourages inclusion through assemblies, religious education, community cohesion days and PSHE.


Specific information about particular arrangements can be gained by talking with the SENDCos or headteacher.


How will my child’s emotional, social, development and mental health be supported?


Our Learning mentor Mrs R Keate is always available to support children and families who need emotional support.


What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

We work with a broad and range of professionals including:

  •        ELAN Advisory Teacher for Social, Emotional ad Mental Health- Jane Steele
  •        ELAN Advisory Teacher for Cognition and Learning- Cat Wright
  •        ELAN Educational Welfare Officer (EWO)- Mahad Ali
  •        Educational Psychologist for statutory support
  •        CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  •        Social Care
  •        Speech and Language Therapy
  •        Occupational Therapy
  •        Hospital consultants
  •        School Nurse
  •        Paediatrician
  •        Vision support


How will I know how my child is doing?


You can expect regular meeting to discuss the progress you child is making and support from home and school that is needed. (We might write an ‘individual Educational Plan’ or pupil passport to help keep track of this)

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

Activities and school trips are available to all children, and arrangements can usually be made to make this possible. A risk assessment is carried out before the trip takes place so we know everyone will be safe. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a child to take part in an activity, then we will make sure he or she has an alternative thing to do that is just as much fun.


How accessible is the school both inside and outside?


Whilst every effort has been made to make our school as accessible as possible, it is not fully accessible to individuals with mobility difficulties due to the physical layout across three separate buildings. Locking school can offer disabled toilets, a lift, and ramps to get into school, hoist, handrails and other smaller aids. Where specific resources are required in order to access the curriculum, these will be sourced in line with the recommendations given.




Like all school, a proportion of our budget from North Somerset is designed to support children with additional needs. We plan how to use this budget to best effect, supporting all children with an additional need. Where a pupil has significant needs additional funding called “Top up funding” can be applied for.


Complaints’ procedure


In the first instance, please see your child’s teacher if something has gone wrong. If it cannot be sorted out then please ask to see the Head Teacher.


Who can I contact for further information?


To find information about North Somerset Local offer contact to be confirmed by North Somerset


 Supportive parents can be contacted through


Special Educational Needs Team at North Somerset

Telephone: 01275 888 297