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  • Headteacher: Mrs A Burton
  • Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Taylor

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities


At Sawley Junior School, we are committed to providing an inclusive setting with high expectations where all children feel able to aspire to achieve or exceed their potential. Our environment is one where we welcome children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and celebrate our pupils' many achievements, academically, socially and emotionally.


Sawley Junior School caters to a diverse range of Special Educational Needs. In the SEND Code of Practice (2015), there are 4 key areas of SEND:


  • Communication and Interaction - this includes children with speech and language delay, impairments or disorders, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia, hearing impairment, and those who demonstrate features within the autistic spectrum.
  • Cognition and Learning - this includes children who demonstrate features of moderate, severe or profound learning difficulties or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or dyspraxia.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health - this includes children who may be withdrawn or isolated, disruptive or disturbing, hyperactive or lack concentration.
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs - this includes children with sensory, multi-sensory and physical difficulties.


Our commitment is to prepare all of our children with SEND with:

- an excitement for learning

- the determination to overcome challenges

- the skills to communicate their needs effectively

- the ability to advocate for themselves in social situations so that they can progress and thrive




"Fairness is not giving everyone the same thing. Fairness is giving each person what they need to succeed." - Rick Riordan


All staff at Sawley Junior School are committed to providing high quality, tailored provision for our children with SEND to ensure each individual's needs are met. As a team, we work together with teachers, teaching assistants, senior leadership, the SENCo, midday supervisors, external agencies, parents and our wonderful pupils to provide the very best education for all. 


To provide the very best opportunities for all of our children with SEND, we follow the Graduated Response, May, 2022 (Link below). This enables us to assess the child's individual needs. Using this assessment data, we plan targeted interventions to cater to these specific learning needs including quality first teaching. Next, the children do the intervention and we review progress at regular intervals, tweaking the interventions to improve outcomes as necessary.  


Our children with SEND:

- receive high quality teaching to meet their needs

- are immersed in all aspects of the school day

- are respected and listened to


We support our children with SEND through:

- targeted interventions with their teacher or teaching assistant to support specific needs 

- extra facilities such as ear defenders, coloured overlays/books, desk supports, calm spaces and manipulatives to allow them to access the school day

-adult support, either 1:1 or in small groups to enable them to access elements of the curriculum

- external agencies referral can offer individualised support from educational psychologists, occupational therapists, alternative provision providers, CAMHS, physiotherapy and other personalised services.


We recognise the importance of communication with parents as an integral part of implementing the best possible practice for our pupils as you know your child best. Our school places high importance on working together with parents to have the best impact on their child's educational trajectory. We encourage parents to keep in contact with us via:

-Class Dojo

- a phone call or meeting with the class teacher or SENCo

- informal chats with the Senior Leadership Team or SENCo on the gates before and after school

This open communication allows both parties to share updates on specialist advice, support resources and legislation.


We are proud to be a part of ONE Academy Trust and as a trust, we implement our Sawley Junior School SEND policy in conjunction with the ONE Academy Trust (formerly Willows Academy Trust) Policy in our day to day practices. You can find our SEND Policies here:


Through our holistic, whole-school approach to educating our pupils, all of our children will:

 - feel happy and safe at school

 - engage in learning opportunities

 - be supported to achieve their best possible outcomes and will make progress from their starting points

 - have aspirational goals for adulthood

 - develop their culture capital through the many exciting experiences our school provides

 - become independent learners with an inquisitive mindset

 - develop their social skills to work collaboratively with others


We are proud that OFSTED, 2023 recognised that "pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities benefit from high-quality support. Skilled leaders identify ways to ensure that pupils’ needs are met. They give clear guidance to staff on the best ways to support individual pupils. Leaders make sure that staff maintain high expectations of pupils. Pupils achieve well."





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