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Special Educational Needs

Our Special Educational Needs Leader is Mrs Louise Potter, who can be contacted via the school office by phone:

01235 848333


Direct SEND lead email:


March 2024 - External Review of SEND in the school

Special Educational Needs & Disability

SEND Information Report

These pages set out information about our provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND). They are updated annually.

About our school:

Sutton Courtenay provides for children with a wide range of special educational needs including those with:

  • Communication and Interaction needs; this includes children who have speech language and communication difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
  • Cognition and Learning needs; this includes children who have learning difficulties and specific learning difficulties like dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
  • Sensory and/or Physical needs; this includes children who have visual or hearing needs, or a physical disability that affects their learning.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Louise Potter. She can be contacted on 01235 848333 or via email at:


Our governor with responsibility for SEND is Dorothée Giret.

The following policies are available on the school website:


How do we identify and give extra help to students with SEND?

The school uses Oxfordshire County Council’s guidance ‘Identifying and supporting Special Educational Needs in Oxfordshire schools and settings’.
The guidance sets out:

  • How we identify if a child has a special educational need
  • How we assess children and plan for their special educational needs, and how we adapt our teaching
  • Ways in which we can adapt our school environment to meet each student’s needs
  • How we review progress and agree outcomes and involve you and your child in this.


Click here to read it: 


How do we work with parents and children?

We will always contact parents if we have a concern that a child may have a special educational need. We work closely with children with SEND and their parents to agree outcomes and how we will all work towards these, and then to review progress. We do this by holding regular meetings specifically, parents evenings, ad hoc phone calls/emails and scheduled video meetings. 


Adapting the curriculum

  • We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all children including those with SEND. Details are published on the school’s website. The way we adapt this for children with SEND and disabled children is set out in the School Accessibility Plan.
  • We have specific targeted interventions to support children in making accelerated progress in class across the curriculum.
  • We have at least two members of staff in every classroom. 


What expertise can we offer?

  • All staff have received training in the adoption of the new SEND Code of Practice.
  • All staff have training in safeguarding and SEN approaches, for example bitesized training in specific SEND diagnosis such as Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD
  • A School Health Nurse.
  • Bespoke emotional wellbeing support in the form of a 5 week program.
  • We buy in time from an Educational Psychologist including bespoke whole staff training. 
  • Communication and Interaction Team support
  • We buy in speech and language support for EYFS children


We also have access to a range of specialist support services including:

  • SENSS, who support students with communication and language, sensory needs and physical needs.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Oxfordshire School Inclusion Team
  • Therapy Services
  • Children’s Social Care


Information about these services and what they offer can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council SEND web pages:  Services to support children learning.

  • We always discuss the involvement of specialist SEND services with parents first.
  • We also work with other services and organisations that are involved with a family, with the family’s permission.


How do we know if SEND provision is effective?

The progress of all children is tracked throughout with regular data reports, updated profiles and provision mapping.

In addition, for children with SEND we regularly review progress towards agreed outcomes assessing whether the support that’s been in place has made a difference and what we need to do next. We evaluate this progress against age related expectations.

When we run special intervention programmes for groups of children we assess how successful they have been and use that information to decide on how best to run them in the future.

Information about how the governing body evaluates the success of the education that is provided for pupils with SEND is contained within the annual report to the Curriculum and Standards Committee of the Governors.


How are children with SEND helped to access activities outside of the classroom?

All children are included in activities and trips following risk assessments where needed and in accordance with duties under the Equalities Act 2010. We talk to parents and children when planning trips so that everyone is clear about what will happen.


There is information about activities and events for disabled students and those with SEND in Oxfordshire in the Family Information Directory:  

What do we do to support the wellbeing of children with SEND?

We listen to the views of children with SEND by providing a robust pastoral support system which includes class teachers and support staff. We take bullying very seriously. We help to prevent bullying of all students including those with SEND by the application of the Behaviour Management Policy, Equality Plan and the Anti-Bullying Policy which are available here.



We encourage all new children to visit the school before starting. We offer parent and child visits as well as short settling in sessions. This is very much bespoke to the child's needs. 

We begin to prepare children for transition depending on the needs of the individual. This can range from multiple visits to their new classroom, individually and with other children, visits from their new teacher before the new academic term has started, additional meetings with their current and new teacher as well as parents. 


Who to contact

If you are concerned about your child, please contact either our SENDCo Tel: 01235 848333 or email


If you would like to feedback, including compliments and concerns about SEND provision, we aim to respond within 48 hours.


If you would like impartial advice please contact SENDIASS Oxfordshire (formerly Parent Partnership).


If you would like to know more about opportunities for children with SEND and their families, support groups or information about SEND, these are listed in:



Parent Guide to the new SEND Code of Practice produced by the Department for Education. A comprehensive guide but quite a long read at 59 pages. If you don't want to read this long guide, try these helpful flowcharts from   

Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children and young people with SEND, special needs, disability, health conditions and rare diseases.

The local offer also gives parents a lot of information: