SEND (Special Educational Needs and/or Disability)

The school aims to provide a caring, supportive and accessible environment in which all pupils are valued equally and are given the opportunity to develop their full potential. The emphasis is on inclusion and all students are given access to the National Curriculum and all other activities – physical, moral and spiritual – so that they have a broad and balanced curriculum. When admitting SEND pupils into school we follow the Local Authority admissions arrangements.   

Gainsborough has a  Special Educational Needs &/or Disability Policy* which strives to help children who are experiencing difficulty in school. Pupils receive support tailored to their individual needs and special needs regular reviews take place. We have a talented SEND team who actively assess, monitor and support children across the school from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Specialist Teaching Assistants work closely with the class teachers to provide support for identified pupils. We also liaise with many outside agencies, and choose to employ our own Speech and Language Team.

Any child on the SEND register will be supported through a graduated response and documents such as a School Focus Plan (SFP) or School Care Plan will be used. This is in line with the 1993 Education Act, the Revised SEND Code of Practice 2015 and the Local Education Authority’s Guidelines.


The Local Offer

Every local authority must identify education, health and social care services in their local area provided for children, young people and families who have SEN or disabilities and include them in an information directory called the Local Offer. This will also help local authorities as they can use it to see where the gaps in provision are. The Local Offer also needs to include information about services provided outside your local area that local people are likely to use.

Local services should reflect what local people need. Your local authority must ask children, parents and young people what they think the Local Offer should include, and how they think people should be able to access it, and most authorities will have worked with their local Parent Carer Forum to develop this. They must publish what children, young people and parents tell them about their Local Offer and say clearly what they will do about the comments they receive.

Your local authority also needs local schools, colleges, health services and other service providers to contribute to the Local Offer.

This Local Offer needs to be kept up to date, and so your local authority will need to seek feedback from children, young people and parents as part of that process.

To see details about the Local Offer from Cheshire East visit the Cheshire East Live Well website at


SENCO Drop-in Mornings at Gainsborough

Mrs Wright, the school’s Special Educational Needs Manager will be available in the Community Room between 8.45am amd 9.15am every Wednesday to meet parents to discuss any additional needs your child may have and support we may be able to offier.

If you would like to see her on a different day or would prefer to speak on the phone, please call into the school  office and a mutually convenient time will be arranged.


Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support (CEIAS)

The Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support team (CEIAS) offers free confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents and carers of young people aged 0 - 25 who have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) as well as young people themselves. You can find further information about their service by clicking on the CEIAS file below or visiting their website at


* The Special Educational Needs &/or Disability Policy is being updated and a new federation policy is currently being developed. It will be uploaded to the website once it has been agreed.


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