Special Educational Needs


Special Educational Needs

Ilfracombe Infant & Nursery School SEN Report 2017



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General Information

We are a mainstream infant school and nursery which prides itself on being an inclusive school where every child remains at the heart of all we do. The Head and Sendco work closely with Year Heads and all members of staff to ensure that all children are able to achieve their full potential and have access to all areas of the curriculum. Children with special educational needs are assessed and monitored carefully and systematically to ensure appropriate resources, systems and procedures are in place to support their learning and well-being. Ilfracombe Infant & Nursery School adheres to the 2014 SEN Code of Practice. 

Schools Policies for SEN provision

The school’s policy for SEND is regularly reviewed by the governing body and is available on our website. The school continues to use the Devon Assessment Framework process as our planning approach to identify, support and monitor children with SEN, more information about the DAF process can be found on the weblink:  https://www.devonias.org.uk . To help us identify the particular needs a child might have, we monitor the progress data of all children rigorously, including through observations and teachers and the Sendco communicate regularly both formally and informally. Communication between teachers, parents and carers is essential in this process and, if necessary, professional guidance is sought from a range of external agencies, including for example, Educational Psychologists. If, after thorough assessment, additional SEN support is required then a clear and detailed plan is laid out in a class Provision map and , as part of the Devon Assessment Framework, an individual My Plan This has been adapted to suit our school requirements.

  The range of support and strategies used and pupil's expected outcomes are also mapped out in class Provision Maps and monitored termly by the Sendco. Observations and monitoring of interventions is coordinated and carried out by the Sendco. The impact and success of these interventions is measured by comparing before and after data and drawing comparisons with peer and national equivalent data. 

Interventions and Strategies

In addition to high levels of differentiation within all classes, children with SEND have access to a wide range of interventions. These might include small group activities, 1:1 daily programmes such as Funfit, From Counting to Calculating and Trugs. In addition, children with complex needs might have access to a highly personalised curriculum. We take a graduated approach to meeting pupil needs by reviewing class teaching, accessing strategies and removing barriers to learning within a classroom setting.  If additional funds are required to enable a child to achieve his or her full potential, then this will be sought as additional funding through the Devon Graduated Response process, including EHCP assessment . Advice from a range of external agencies is sought throughout this process. All pupils at Ilfracombe Infant & Nursery School have access to high quality teaching which takes account of pupil’s differing needs. We make appropriate use of delegated budgets to support children with additional needs. All children are encouraged to take part in the full range of extra-curricular activities on offer and to take part in all aspects of school life. 

We promote a positive attitude to SEND among all staff and children and we place a strong emphasis on the pastoral and emotional well-being of our children. We promote a positive approach to behaviour management, more details of which can be found in our behaviour policy. We provide a safe environment for our children including their physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Our Sendco is responsible for coordinating and implementing the school SEND policy and the range of these duties and responsibilities can be found in the school’s SEND policy. Staff training is audited regularly and in an annual SEND audit to provide relevant training to develop whole school understanding of SEN and strategies to support inclusion.  Staff are informed about effective strategies to use within their class to support children with SEND. The school is up to date with all statutory moving and handling training. 


We pride ourselves on having close links with parents and carers. In addition to formal reporting, parents are encouraged to engage in regular discussions about their child’s specific needs and what interventions are in place to support them and the expected outcomes of these. 

Parents are invited to attend routine open evenings, new parents visits and informal consultations with the head teacher, teacher or the Sendco. 

Parents of children with SEND are given access to advice and information about SEND matters through the parent partnership scheme and other external agencies. 

Parents are fully aware of the planned support and interventions for their child and how this will help them achieve their expected outcomes. We recognise that parents have a right to request an Education, Health and Care needs assessment and we would fully support them with the process of applying for one. 




We ensure that all pupils, including those with SEN have access to high quality teaching which takes account of pupil’s differing needs.  We make appropriate use of resources in our delegated budget to support children with additional needs, including the provision of a tailored and personalised approach for individuals with complex needs.  We have a graduated response to meeting pupil needs by reviewing teaching, strategies and removing barriers.


The School


Ilfracombe Infant School and Nursery is fully wheelchair accessible and has disabled toilets. 




The school Sendco is Kate Gibbon and she can be contacted on 01271 863462 or Send@goodilf.org.uk

Agencies that the school has worked with in the last 12 months


Educational Psychology

Speech and Language Service

School nursing team

Behaviour support team

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team

Children’s centre


Physiotherapy department

Occupational therapy department


 Specialist School Outreach Service





Reviewed  28th September 2017