Special Educational Needs


At Lew Trenchard Primary School all teachers are teachers of Special Educational Needs. All staff at the school are highly trained and experienced to meet the needs of all the children in our care. Children’s abilities vary over a wide range, and many children have times, temporary or long term, when they may need extra support. Please contact your child’s teacher as the first point of contact if you have any concerns about your child.

Examples may include

  • Specific problems with reading, writing or maths
  • Emotional or behaviour problems
  • A child with learning difficulties
  • Visual, speech and language, hearing or mobility problems
  • Children with exceptional gifts or abilities

The staff and governors of Lew Trenchard Primary School are committed to ensuring that all SEND pupils reach their full potential, are fully included within the school community and are able to make successful transitions between classes and schools.

At Lew Trenchard Primary School we believe it is essential to work in partnership with parents and carers. As a small school we try to keep in daily contact with parents and carers and value an ‘open door’ policy should you ever need to discuss any problems or concerns with us.

SEND pupils at Lew Trenchard Primary School will have their own provision map detailing targets and the teaching support they receive. This will be shared with parents and carers by your child’s class teacher on a termly basis.

The school also employs a family practitioner called Sue Fairgrieve every Wednesday. An appointment can be booked in the school office for a meeting with Sue who is very approachable and full of useful advice for all problems large and small.

On occasions it is necessary to engage other professionals to work in partnership with the schools to meet pupil need. This could include individuals from the Local Authority, Health and Social Services. Since September 2014 this includes writing a DAF to ensure that every pupil receives the best possible provision and outcomes. Sue Fairgrieve will become the Lead Practitioner at the school to coordinate the DAF process.

Name and contact details of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator:

Sally Powell


Links to other websites:-

British Dyslexia Association  www.bddadyslexia.org.uk/

TRUGS (Teaching Reading Using Games) is used widely in school. Some children will come home with a game to play to support their learning. There are family packs which you may be interested in.

For further information see www.readsuccessfully.com/

Phonics Play
This is a great online site which offers fun games to support reading. There are some free activities but access to the while site is only a small charge.

For further information see www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Devon Information, advice and support for SENDhttp://www.devonias.org.uk/