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Special Educational Needs


Our SENCO (special educational need co-ordinator) is Ms C Gower and she can be contacted by e-mail: or by telephone: 01795 532779

At Sheldwich Primary School we believe that all children are unique, valued, respected and welcomed whatever their educational need.


We recognise the importance of helping all children achieve their full potential; emotionally, socially, physically and academically. We ensure they are fully included in all school activities, seeking external support and facilities when needed.

For further information please see our SEND policy.


Listed below is a brief overview of the key additional programmes we deliver to support all learners, where appropriate. If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or our SENCO, Ms Gower.




Dyslexic friendly class room practices are reflected throughout the whole school. Staff are supported to ensure they are meeting the needs of dyslexic children and we seek advice from a specialist teacher for Dyslexia where appropriate. You can read more about dyslexia by visiting the British Dyslexia Association ( Other websites that might prove useful are:



Speech Link


A speech programme which targets sounds that children have difficulties in producing. Children are tested within school using this specialised computer programme and then the Class Teacher or Learning Support Assistant delivers the suggested individualised programme. There are occasions when the tests show that a child needs to be referred to a Speech and Language Therapist for additional guidance and/ or intervention.


Speech and Language


Individualised programmes are supported by a Speech Therapist employed by Sheldwich Primary School. The programmes are for children who have been referred, by the school or by a medical professional, to be assessed by the Speech and Language therapy service. These programmes can include speech and sound production, language development and social skills , depending on the child’s needs.


EAL (English as an Additional Language)


This is for children who have a first language other than English and may need further intervention with their English language understanding, in order to aid their academic development.




The FIZZY and CLEVER HANDS programme has been developed by Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The FIZZY programme is graded and measurable in three stages and works on specific areas such as balance, ball skills and body awareness. CLEVER HANDS focuses on the development of fine motor skills, hand and finger strength, manipulation and hand–eye co-ordination.


Toe by Toe


This is a highly structured, multi-sensory individual reading programme which is specially designed for children needing additional support in acquiring reading and phonic skills.




This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspect of home/school life. An external qualified counsellor is employed by Sheldwich Primary to support pupils, usually over a six week period.





Our SEN policy document is attached below.


If you have any questions regarding our SEN provision at Sheldwich Primary School, please contact Ms C Gower, our SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator).

· SEND.pdf