Special Educational Needs & Disability

Our Vision:

• Everybody is welcomed, respected and valued.
• We will help every child to achieve high standards in their learning in order to reach their full potential.
• We celebrate achievement and recognize success.
• We have high expectations of all.
• We have teaching and learning at the heart of all we do.
• We foster a thirst of learning and working together.
• We celebrate and embrace diversity.

The SEND Code of Practice (Department for Education 2014) states ‘All children and young people should expect to receive an education that enables them to achieve the best possible educational and other outcomes, and become confident, able to communicate their own views and ready to make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.’  This is at the heart of our approach to all children at John Gulson, particularly those with SEND.


The key principles of the SEND Code of Practice are:

  • working with children, young people and their parents to participate in decision-making;
  • collaboration with partners in education, health and social care to provide support;
  • early identification of the needs of children and the focus on inclusive practices;
  • high quality provision to meet the needs of children with SEND.

General statement

At John Gulson School we believe all of our pupils, regardless of gender, ethnicity, ability, disability or sexuality, are entitled to a high quality education which will maximise their life chances.  We recognise some children find it more difficult to learn, and therefore may have a special educational need or disability (SEND).

This page is intended to answer any questions you may have regarding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and how we support children at John Gulson Primary School.

When are children classed as having SEND?
How do you know if a pupil has SEND and what support will they receive?
How do you identify if the SEND provision is effective?
How is the school site adapted to the needs of all children?
How does John Gulson School support pupils’ social and emotional development?
How does the school aid transition between classes and schools?
How is the school learning environment adapted for children with SEN or disabilities?
What training have the adults at John Gulson received?
Where can I find information about the SEND Practice and Policy at John Gulson School?
Who should I contact if I’m not happy with my child’s learning and/or progress?
Other useful information