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Lower Darwen Primary School: We are proud of our school!
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Lower Darwen Primary School: We are proud of our school!

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Report

1. What kinds of special educational needs do we make provision for in our school?


The school provides education for children aged 4-11 and has over 320 registered pupils. The school has ten mainstream classes and a resourced facility that caters for children who have a hearing impairment. We are proud of our committed inclusive approach and our excellent attendance record indicates that pupils enjoy learning and coming to school. The curriculum is wide and well balanced and children are provided with a variety of quality learning experiences in English, mathematics, Science, computing, the arts, sport, technology and humanities.


Children feel safe and secure and we care and nurture every child  to ensure they are equipped with the necessary life skills. The school has a happy and positive environment where every child can achieve and develop to their full potential.


2. How does our school know if your child needs extra help?


Teachers in our school are continuously monitoring and assessing the children’s learning and emotional well being. There are a variety of ways in which we monitor children’s attainment and behaviour so we can identify those pupils who need extra support. Assessments are carried out each half-term, so we can monitor pupil progress. Pupil progress meetings are also held where individual children are discussed and their needs addressed. Transition information is also shared with other agencies such as the Inclusion Support Service, pre-school settings and high schools.


At key points through your child’s time in school, they will take part in:


  • End of Foundation Stage stage assessment
  • phonic screening (Year One)
  • Statutory assessments (SATs) (Year Two and Year Six)


Their assessments can be used to identify additional need. A teacher or parent can raise concerns about a child and we have a variety of test and screeners that can be used to identify areas of need. If a teacher has a concern over a child’s progress, attainment or behaviour, they will initially discuss the issue with parents/carers and with the school’s SENCO.


A follow up meeting may be arranged to explore what future support and advice may be given.  


3. Who can you speak to at our school if you think your child may have special educational needs?


If you have concerns about your child, you can come and discuss them at any time. You can talk to any of the following people: your child's class teacher, the school's SENCO Miss Joanne Phoenix or the headteacher Mr Steven Cumbo.