SEND OFFER (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

Our School Vision

Our school is a community where each person is valued as a child of God. We are a Church of England school, inspired and guided by the life and teaching of Jesus. We work together to create a caring, friendly and safe school family, to enable the whole school community to flourish and each person reach their full God-given potential.

Our Mission (INTENT)

At Donnington Wood CE Junior School we will:

  • put the safety of everyone as a priority so we can work in trust and peace.
  • encourage everyone to understand the true meaning of friendship, fellowship and community by acting with humility, compassion and in service to each other.
  • be inclusive so everyone is valued and respected and where tolerance and diversity are celebrated.
  • seek out every opportunity to ensure that all of us flourish in all that we do, developing wisdom and creativity, through an ambitious and broad curriculum that challenges expectations, deepens knowledge and develops skills.
  • empower pupils and adults to develop hope and perseverance, so that they are able to engage/explore the challenges of school and the wider world.
  • nurture the spiritual development of our school fellowship, develop tolerance of other faiths, beliefs and cultures and build religious literacy through collective worship of God and teaching of RE.
  • champion our values to equip our children ready for their future as respectful individuals, life-long learners and active citizens in society (justice).

This vision is the driver for our SEND offer:


The pupils with SEND all enjoy school and could tell me what they like.


Parents of children with SEND are very happy and would recommend this school. The parents I spoke to all recognized the valuable progress their child had made and this wasn’t just academically but also socially and emotionally. The children enjoy school and their confidence has increased.


There is a shared vision in school from all staff, pupils and parents, and from my observations that this an inclusive school who support pupils with SEND well. There are established systems in place which allow pupils to make progress both academically, as well as socially and emotionally.


Read, Write, Inc intervention has made a difference to pupils’ attainment and confidence. They move quickly through the phonics programme so they can then access the fluency group and comprehension group. Teachers have seen a real difference in the pupils’ abilities in a short space of time. Short, focused intervention has allowed accelerated progress so they are then able to access the main literacy group.


Disabled pupils, and those with special educational needs….make good progress

Ofsted 2013

At Donnington Wood Junior School we are committed to ensuring that all children are able to achieve their true potential and meet, if not exceed, their own individual learning targets.

We believe the key to accomplishing this is high quality teaching which offers all children an inspiring broad and balanced curriculum.

We also consider that the needs of each individual child are vital to their learning success.

Children’s progress is constantly assessed, monitored and reviewed. Sometimes, we find that children to make the progress we expect and when this happens, step are quickly put into place to support those children.

Ofsted noted that:

Teachers use regular and focused tracking of pupils’ progress, often on a weekly basis, in order to identify any pupil at risk of not making enough progress. This process triggers an impressive range of additional strategies to provide these pupils with prompt and focused support.

Ofsted 2013

If, following such support, progress is still slower than expected, the advice of external agencies may be sought. This information is then used to help us to plan and implement the most effective intervention strategies to enable the child’s learning to move forward.

It is our policy to keep parents fully informed of any addition support offered to a child; particularly where the support of outside agencies has been requested.

The agencies we consult is dependent on specific needs or difficulties being faced by individual children. Further details of agencies we work with regularly can be seen in a later section.

SEND staff – Roles and Responsibilities

Mrs Davies; Sendco

Mrs McTegert; Specialist SEND TA

To Contact Mrs Davies, please ring the school or come in and see us.

Our SENDCO is responsible for the operation of the Special Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with additional needs. Other SEND staff support the SENDCO to deliver specific provision across the school. SEND staff liaise with parents, children, class teachers and teaching assistants to monitor pupils progress and plan interventions or change interventions where necessary. SEND staff have regular contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice. Staff: All of our children, including those with special education needs, are supported by their own class teachers and by our team of dedicated teaching assistants. In addition to this, specific support may be offered by our SEND and pastoral support staff:

SEND staff regularly attend training sessions and network meetings as part of their continued Professional Development. This ensures that they are all able to incorporate the most recent teaching and learning strategies into their planning.