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Swavesey Primary School

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Report 2022-23


All Cambridgeshire Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The broad areas of SEND need are:

  • Speech, Language and Communication.
  • Cognition and Learning.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
  • Sensory and/or Physical.

What is the Local Offer?

The LA Local Offer

The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refer to this as the 'Local Offer'.

The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Click here for the LA local offer.

What is the Special Education Needs Information Report?

The Special Education Needs Information Report

Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of pupils with SEND as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide. Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Education Needs Information Report. 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – School offer 2022-23


We are a mainstream village primary school of about 300 pupils aged 4 -11 years. Most of our classes are of mixed year group and we have around 30 children in each class. Our school provides a broad, challenging and practical curriculum within a warm stimulating and imaginative environment to enable our children to enjoy their learning, as well as, develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge to become lifelong learners and achieve their full potential. For more info. see our website

% SEND 2022-23: 13.7 % Pupils with SEND EHC plan: 3.9 %


Wheel chair access throughout.

Disabled toilets.   

Associated policies

Available on website

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Policy  

Children with Medical Needs Policy 

Equality & Diversity Policy  

Intimate Care Policy 

Management of Sickness absences Policy 

Safer Care Code Policy 

Positive Behaviour Policy  

Attendance Policy 

Anti-Bullying Policy  

Intimate care Policy  

Click here access details about the Cambridgeshire County Council SEND Local Offer.

Range of provision for Graduated Approach
Universal provision for ALL pupils Targeted support for some pupils identified as needing help to achieve good progress

Personalised provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

Quality first teaching, including well differentiated work to match the needs of ALL learners; accurate assessment and effective feedback.


Termly achievement tracking and pupil targets ensures high expectations for all, identifies those in need of targeted support and ensures resources are effectively deployed.


Termly achievement tracking and pupil targets ensures high expectations for all, identifies those in need of targeted support and ensures resources are effectively deployed.


Involvement & inclusion of learners, through engaging learning contexts; explicit learning about learning; encouragement of pupil voice. Every effort will be made for ALL learners to take part in the activities of the school together.

In-class support, given by teacher or teaching assistant during specific lessons.

Intervention groups,

led by the class teacher or trained teaching assistant, with the aim of making accelerated progress over a set amount of time. Usually focused on reading, writing or maths.

Sensory circuits,

with trained TAs, SENDCo or a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

Lego therapy clubs

To encourage turn taking, dexterity, giving and following instructions.

Social skills groups

Led by teaching assistants or SENDCo to help children know how to cope in different situations.

Speech therapy groups

Initial input by a trained speech and language therapist (SALT), follow up sessions for individuals or in small school groups. SALT advice for parents.


Ann Crossman is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo). She has weekly release time for monitoring, liaison and administration of SEND provision. We also have the opportunity to take small groups into ‘The Snug’ for extra sessions to support pupils with social communication skills; emotional health and wellbeing.

Liaison with specialist agencies

eg, speech & lang., educational psychologist (EP), occupational health, physiotherapist, family support worker, counsellor. 

Additional involvement of parents / carers, in identifying, meeting and reviewing the needs of their child(ren).

Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs) in line with the SEND Code of Practice: 0 – 25 years January 2015 and Equalities act 2010, ensure that, “we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled children to help alleviate any substantial disadvantage they experience because of their disability, and will not discriminate against or harass them.” An EHC Plan is created in consultation with the pupil, parents and professionals. It details the specific strategies, support, resources and targets in place for the child and is reviewed annually.

Graduated approach for identifying and addressing an individual’s needs





  • Is the child unable to access the same opportunities as others?
  • Is the child not making good progress in their learning and development? 
  • If quality first teaching is unable to address issues above, move to Plan stage.   
  • SENDCO support / management;
  • Consult pupil and parents/carers;
  • Identify further advice, intervention and/or training.
  • Targeted support / intervention from school staff;
  • Specialist support from other agencies
  •  Additional resourcing;
  •  Set achievable, measurable targets
  • Baseline assessment in order to measure progress
  • Re-assess progress and development at regular intervals;
  • Discuss progress made and ongoing strategy with pupil, parents / carers and involved professionals.
  • Continue plan, do , review cycle until good progress is achieved.

Interventions regularly used

Reading & Writing: Precision teaching of reading; Phonics intervention groups; Switch on.

Maths: 1st Class @ Number, Success@arithmetic

Other: Sensory circuits; Speech therapy; Lego Therapy; Social skills; Time to talk, Socially speaking, Incredible 5 point scale, Book of Beasties club. 

This is not an exhaustive list, but gives examples of interventions most commonly used and in which staff are trained. In consultation with other agencies we will always seek the most effective interventions for the individual in question. Individual children’s progress during interventions is closely monitored.

Parent / carer engagement

We welcome parental involvement, especially in planning for and meeting the needs of children with SEND. Parents & carers are often asked to attend meetings with outside agencies. Teachers, SENDCO and/or senior leaders are happy to meet with families regularly and when necessary to review and improve individual provision. Any concerns or complaints should be communicated to the Headteacher as soon as possible.

Contact details

SENDCO: Laura McAuley (Ann Crossman retired in August 2023);   Headteacher: Anna Norden  

Contact via the school office:   01954 273312




Please read the questions below and click on their links for more information about the Special Education Needs Information Report for Swavesey Primary School.

  1. Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning / Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND)?
  2. What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in our school?
  3. How can I let the school know that I am concerned about my child’s progress in school?
  4. How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning in school?
  5. How is extra support allocated to children, and how do they progress in their learning?
  6. Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in this school?
  7. How are the teachers in school helped to work with children with SEND, and what training do the teachers have?
  8. How will the teaching be adapted for my child with SEND?
  9. How will we measure the progress of your child in school?
  10. What support do we have for you as a parent of a child with SEND?
  11. How is Swavesey Primary school accessible to children with SEND?
  12. How will we support your child when they are joining this school? Leaving this school? Or moving to another class?
  13. How will we support your child’s emotional and social development?
  14. What school Policies are there for making provision for pupils with special educational needs?
  15. Click here for some useful SEND links.