Special Educational Needs

School Ethos for SEND

From time to time many children will need additional help, either to overcome a learning difficulty or to ensure that the curriculum fully extends their ability. Specialist help is available within the school. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) oversees the work of a team of specialists and classroom assistants who support and advise Class Teachers. 

At Burstow Primary School we believe that every child is entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. We aim to provide a caring learning environment, rich in stimulation, that will meet the needs of all pupils and foster their academic, emotional and physical development in order that each child reaches their full potential. 

The SENCo regularly contacts parents to keep them updated with any issues or considerations of new strategies. Parents can contact or make an appointment to see or talk to the SENCo at a convenient time if they have a concern or need advice. 

The broad areas of SEND are: 

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties 
  • Sensory and/or Physical

In 2016 Burstow became a recognised Surrey Everyone A Successful and Effective Learner (EASEL) School. This recognises that we have been audited externally and as a school we prioritise staff training in Quality First Teaching. 

Speech & Lanuguage Therapist

Christian Harding is an independent Speech and Language Therapist who works at Burstow Primary School for two days a week. He has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for more than 10 years across a range of settings. He has specialist skills in storytelling, to develop literacy skills and a wide knowledge of complex speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). 

Christian offers weekly therapy to children identified by the SENCo as well as advice and support to parents. He works alongside the SENCo to set targets and  write reports to ensure that children with SLCN make good progress. One of his main roles is to help and support the training of staff, so that every classroom is communication friendly; this helps to support the quality of learning opportunities for all children in our school. 

Occupational Therapy 

Part of the specialist provision available at Burstow includes Occupational Therapy (OT). We have our own trained Learning Support Assistant who offers weekly OT to specific children. Parents work in partnership with these sessions as follow up exercises are given each week.  Targets are set around Co-ordination of fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination and hand function. These sessions may focus on:

  • Development of sensory skills, including sense of touch, body awareness and balance. This includes sensory modulation and its effects on behaviour and attention
  • Normal development of play and school skills, including writing, scissor and ball skills etc.

Progress will be tracked carefully and a referral to Surrey Healthy Children and Families LLP will be made if a joint decision is made by parents and the school that more specialist OT is needed.  Having an in house OT significantly speeds up the process of this referral system.