Special Educational Needs & Inclusion

At Earlham we recognise that every child is special and has individual needs. We want each and every one of our pupils to feel that they are a valued member of our school community.

We aim to remove barriers to learning by working in partnership with parents/carers and a wide range of professionals from outside agencies to achieve the best outcomes for our children.

Any child can experience difficulty at some point in their school life, albeit at different levels. These difficulties may be related to their learning, behaviour, emotion/social wellbeing, speech and language, medical or physical needs. We recognise that our children may have already experienced difficulties prior to starting school which may manifest themselves at any point of the time with us.

A child is considered to have Special Educational Needs where their learning or disability calls for special educational provision, that is provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age. Earlham Primary is a mainstream, maintained school that welcomes pupils with a range of communication, cognitive, emotional and physical needs. Some of our pupils with SEN/D will have an EHCPs and others may appear on our SEN/D support list.

Our vision and how we hope to achieve it

Earlham Primary School works in partnership with the local community, our pupils, staff, parents and governors to constantly strive for the best outcomes for all our pupils. We see every child as a unique individual and aim for each and every one of them, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, to enjoy learning and to achieve their full potential in a healthy, happy and inclusive environment.

We work hard to maintain strong links between home and school and parents are always welcome to speak to us if they have any concerns. Parents’ first point of contact is their child’s class teacher.

We want children to gain the skills, confidence and character to make the best choices in their lives as they build their futures.

Please click here to read our full SEND and Inclusion School Offer.

Useful Links

www.talkingpoint.org.uk  – Speech and Language Services – Talking Point provides a guide to speech and language services and useful links to other associated websites.

www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds – a national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children.

www.mentalhealth.org.uk – Mental Health Foundation has on-line information about anxiety, depression, ADHD etc

www.autism.org.uk – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families (contains lots of useful advice and resources)

www.oneplaceforspecialneeds.com – A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends. The National Autistic Society website also provides guidance on writing your own personalised social stories

British Dyslexia Association – a useful website with information about dyslexia, assessment and identification, exam concessions etc.

Dyspraxia Foundation – offers information and supports individuals and families affected by developmental dyspraxia through books, suggestions, a teen newsletter, and an adult support group.