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Special Educational Needs and disabilities

Mrs Sutcliffe is the SENDCo (Special education needs and disabilities co-ordinator) at St John Southworth RC Academy School and is also the class teacher in Ash Class (Year 1) . She took up the role in September 2017 and has completed the National Award for SENDCOs. Appointments can be made with Mrs Sutcliffe to discuss any SEND issues or concerns you may have. As SENDCo Mrs Sutcliffe coordinates the support of children with SEND receive and works closely with parents and external agencies. She can be contacted on 01282 613906.

What are Special Educational Needs or disabilities?

The term 'Special Educational Needs' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.  At St John Southworth school we appreciate that some children may have different or additional needs to others and may need extra support to access the curriculum. All teachers in school make adaptions to their work to ensure that it meets all children's needs.

Children who have  Special Educational Needs or disabilities, may need extra help in a range of areas including

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information
  • expressing themselves or understadning what others are saying
  • social skills including making friends or relating to adults
  • behaving properly in school 
  • organising themselves
  • sensory or physical needs which affect them in school

How will you know if your child has Special Educational Needs?

  • You will be informed by your child's class teacher if we feel that your child needs to receive some extra support.
  • You will then be invited to meet with Mrs Sutcliffe and your child's class teacher to discuss a way forward for your child. This is called SEND Support. This could include:
  • adaptations with teaching strategies 
  • adaptations with work
  • extra adult support
  • using particular equipment
  • If we feel that your child has a SEND that requires external support we will always seek your consent before we make a referral to gain specialist advice or support to help us meet your child's needs. This could include a Specialist Teacher, Educational Psychologist or Speech and Language Therapist. You will always be informed by your child's class teacher and/or Mrs Sutcliffe of the outcomes and recommendations of any referrals made.

How do we meet the needs of children with SEND?

If we feel that your child has SEND we will devise a Pupil Overview of Provision (POP) which will outline what we feel they may need in place to help them progress through their school life. This may be provision within school or/and through external agencies. The POP will give specific targets and outline how your child will be supported. Your child's class teacher will review your child's progress each term and discuss this with you and look at the planned provision for each term. 

If you're child's needs continue to hinder their learning and development and we feel we need additional support in order to deliver the required provision it may be necessary to apply for an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) previously known as statements.

It is important to note that SEND children may require support on a short term basis or for many years. The needs of each individual child will be different. At St John Southworth RC School we firmly believe that all children make progress in different ways and at different speeds. Teachers take this into account and work hard to consider children's strengths, different learning styles and abilities. This means that children may have different levels of support. If your child is making slower progress it does not automatically mean that they have SEND.

parents/carers useful information

We have created this document which explains some of the terms and abreviations used in special educational needs. Please click here to view. 

Click here to access useful websites to help support you and your family. 

Please click here to access our Sway version.


Please click  to view our SEND Information Report.

Please click to view our Sway version. 

Click here to view the local offer.


Please click here to view our SEND Policy 2023/24.

Please click here to view our Positive Mental Health Policy.

Please click here to view our Disability and Equality Policy.

Annual review

Please read our guide on taking part in an annual review. 

Click here to see our Sway version. 

Lancashire send termly newsletter 

send-newsletter-autumn-2023.pdf .pdf

learning support provision

  • First quality teaching
  • Challenge
  • 1:1 support where needed
  • Medical/Physical difficulty support
  • In class support
  • Gross/fine motor skills intervention
  • Nurture
  • Transition support (between classes/key stage/schools
  • Life Skills Club (ASDAN)
  • Reading intervention 
  • Phonics intervention
  • Maths intervention
  • Speech and Language support
  • Dyslexia support
  • Visual impairement support
  • Hearing impairement support
  • Personalised curriculum
  • Educational psychology support
  • Specialist teaching 
  • Play therapy 
  • Panathlon 

Disability access

The school has its own gated car park for use by staff and visitors only. There us a sizeable disabled parking bay which is made available to parents if their vehicle carries a blue badge. Access from the car park to the main entrance is via a tarmac pathway that is clearly marked. The school is built on 2 levels connected by steps which house a passenger lift for wheelchair/walker access. All entrances and exits to school are wheelchair accessible. Most doors in school have been adapted to allow for easier access for wheelchair bound pupils, although all are accessible. 

In addition to the normal children's toilet facilities, there is a hygiene suite which has a disabled toilet, a height adjustable bed and shower facilities.The school also has a hearing loop in the hall to support children or parents with hearing impairments.  


Please click here to view our Accessability Plan.


Alphablocks (Phonics) - website

Oxford Owl (Reading) - website

BookTrust (Reading - webiste 

Numberblocks (Maths) - webiste

TopMarks (Maths) - website

Cool Maths 4 Kids - webiste

BBC Bitessize (all curriculum) - webiste

National Geographic (Science/Geography)  - webiste 

Nasa Kids Club (Science) - webisite

Funology (Science and craft) - webiste 

Wow Science (Science) - website

History For Kids (History) - website  

BBC History for kids (History) - website

Learn English Kids (For families where English is a second language) - webiste


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