Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

The school uses a number of different methods to determine if your child needs extra help. These include:

  • Liaison with feeder pre-schools, nurseries and schools prior to a child transferring to us
  • Child performing below age expected levels of attainment.
    We notice differences in behaviour, listening skills, self-esteem and confidence compared to other children
  • Concerns raised by parents
  • Advice received from existing outside agencies
  • Advice received from existing healthcare professionals

If you think your child needs extra help you should do the following:

  1. Arrange to have a chat outlining your concerns with your child’s class teacher initially
  2. Arrange to have a chat outlining your concerns with the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) and/or Headteacher as required
  3. Ensure the school is kept informed of any relevant background information/ changes/ concerns you have about your child.

If we think your child would benefit from some extra help here is what we will do:

  1. The class teacher will have a dialogue with parents/carers and child
  2. The class teacher will make an assessment of your child’s attainment levels
  3. The school will use simple tests, as appropriate to assess your child

At Woodbridge Primary we will offer the following support:

Staff Skills

Staff have a range of skills and training in SEND. These include specific learning difficulties, emotional difficulties, autistic spectrum, and support programmes in numeracy and literacy.


The school has a range of resources that are used to support the needs of SEND pupils where and when appropriate.


(Interventions are support programmes which are put in place for individuals or groups of pupils who are identified as needing extra support). At Woodbridge Primary School we currently offer gym trail and hand gym in the EYFS; KS1 & KS2; nurture groups as appropriate and catch-up programmes in numeracy and literacy.

Other agency support which may be available. The specialist support that may be available; speech & language.

LA Local Offer Link

  • Parent Partnership (SENDIASS) for parents, carers, children and young people (aged up to 25yrs) in relation to SEND
  • Access Unlimited information on activities and groups around the county for children with additional needs
  • Access and Assessment Team for Norfolk and Suffolk gateway to local health information
  • Autism Suffolk provides information and support for local families
  • The British Dyslexia Association provides support for you and your child both at home and at school
  • School Nurse – call 01394 389218

The school will take a number of steps to help your child with their learning, these include:

  • The class teacher will take responsibility for the daily education of your child and will be supported and advised by the SENCo where necessary
  • Learning for your child will be appropriately differentiated to allow access and challenge to the curriculum
  • Deployment of a teaching assistant/ learning support assistant may be appropriate
  • Children will have access to the right tools to support them in the classroom
  • Specific programmes of work may be used if appropriate
  • The class teacher (with consultation with SENCo as required) will set targets for your child’s learning

The school will keep you informed about your child’s learning needs and progress in the following ways:

  • Class teacher will meet with you termly to discuss your child’s progress(this could be at a Parent Consultation Evening)
  • Meetings with external agencies where necessary
  • Annual Review meetings where necessary
  • Other forms of communication may include; Home/school diary, telephone conversations, letters home, contact with class teacher/school staff
  • Learners have increased confidence and are self-assured
  • Children are encouraged to become independent learners
  • Children have increased self-esteem about their place in the world
  • Children are aware of their own needs and the strategies that help them learn
  • Children are working towards the expected levels of attainment
  • Children enjoy a balanced, well-rounded curriculum with lots of fun opportunities

Your child will be supported during school transitions in the following ways:

  • Liaison with parents/carers.
  • Liaison with pre-schools prior to starting at the school /home visits (F1).
  • Liaison with external agencies to aid transition.

Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Class teacher visits pre-school settings (F2) or home visits (F1).
  • Parent Induction Evening.
  • Induction Mornings.
  • Liaison with parents/carers; sharing knowledge and planning together.

All year groups

  • Liaison with class teachers as your child moves through the school.
  • Class transfer days.
  • Transition booklets for pupils who may require additional support.

Year 6

  • Meetings with High School staff/visits to High School with appropriate support.

If there are any disagreements or complaint please contact in the following order:

  1. The Headteacher
  2. The SEND Governor
  3. The Chair of Governors
  4. Parent Partnership Officer

At Woodbridge Primary School we…

  • Promote and nurture life skills to support every child.
  • Encourage life-long learning skills.
  • Encourage independence at school and at home.
  • Encourage active participation in the life of the school and in community activities.
  • Promote E-Safety awareness.
  • Provide Sexual Health and Relationships Education.
More Information

SENCo – Ms T Nicholls
Governor with responsibility for SEND – Mrs H. Banham
Contact – office@woodbridgeprimary.suffolk.sch.uk with the subject line: FAO SENCo
or telephone: 01394 382516
Dedicated SEND time – Monday and Tuesday afternoons

Download our SEND Information Report

Download our Accessibility Plan