Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at St Matthew's Primary School
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Mrs Holmes

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-Ordinator (SENDCo)

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Mrs Simon and Miss Garner

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team at St Matthew's


St Matthew's SEND Information Report

At St Matthew's Primary School we strive to support our children to ‘Let their Light Shine’.  Our core values: Succeed-Hope-Inspire-Nurture-Empower provide a foundation on which we build relationships and educational experiences to enable all our children to SHINE.

All our pupils have access to high quality teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning approaches are used and appropriate learning objectives are set for all children with a curriculum matched to their needs.  We want our learners to feel included, make progress ,be successful and to enjoy school. Our teachers  build an ongoing, holistic understanding of our pupils and their needs and we have a positive and supportive environment for all children at St Matthew's. 

All our classes are supported by support staff in the classroom and we offer a 'team' approach to meeting our children's needs.  Children may also be offered small group work or 1:1 time if needed. This includes additional support for children needing extra input from staff to develop their social skills or to improve their emotional well-being. 

Children with SEND may also need specialist support from other professionals such as Speech and Language therapists, Occupational Therapy or the Inclusion Team.  If additional support is needed from an outside agency this will be discussed with you and a referral form will be completed.

We value the involvement of our school community and hope you find the following information helpful in understanding the types of support provided for the children at St Matthew's Primary School, and how and when these can be accessed.

If you have any questions regarding SEND Provision at St Matthew's please talk to your child's teacher or contact our SENDCo Mrs Holmes on 0161 474 7110.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at St Matthew's:

The four categories of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provided for within our school setting are:

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

See the Graduated Response Pyramids below for each area of need.  These highlight the Universal Provision available to all children at St Matthew's.  If children need support beyond this they are receiving Targeted Support and may be added to our SEND Register.  If children need further support to access education this is Individual Support.  A child may need an Education, Health and Care Plan at this point of their education.

Children with SEND needs are supported with an SEND support plan or with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The level of support that each individual requires will be determined collaboratively with parents/carers. 

We follow a cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR) every term to continuously monitor provision and progress.  You will be informed about your children’s general progress at parents' evenings twice a year and through a detailed written report on your child at the end of the year. If your child has an EHCP, this will be reviewed annually.  At times SEND provision will need to be reviewed more frequently to ensure we are meeting the needs of the child.  We will discuss any changes with you as part of an SEND planning meeting in school.


This information report is based on the statutory Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice and the following legislation:
• Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, which sets out schools’ responsibilities for pupils with SEN and disabilities
• The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, which set out schools’ responsibilities for Education, Health and Care plans (EHCP) , SEND co-ordinators (SENDCOs) and the SEND information report.


Stockport SEND Local Offer - SEND Support from the Local Authority

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011).  The Stockport SEND Local Offer provides advice, information and services to children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families.


Stockport Entitlement Framework

The local authority has worked with parents, early years settings, schools, colleges and a range of professionals to develop Stockport’s Entitlement Framework. This document helps teachers and school leaders at St Matthew's to further improve how they support children and young people with SEND and help parents to understand how the needs of their children should be met.


In order to make our offer for St Matthew's Primary School accessible and user friendly, we have structured the information in this SEND information report around a set of Frequently Asked Questions - see below.  

Information about the Stockport Outcomes Framework can be found here.

Information about Stockport's Co-production Charter can be found here.


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**For further information, advice and resources to support your child at home please visit the 'Classes' tab at the top. 

Here you will find a page titled 'Supporting Children with Additional Needs'.  We hope you find it useful.**

Next review date: September 2023

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