Dinnington Community Primary School

Dinnington Community Primary School

Part of White Woods Primary Academy Trust

School Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 2RE


01909 550034

SEND - Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

SENDCO: Mrs Sarah Reason


At Dinnington Community Primary School, we want all of our pupils to be able to make the most of their education and know that they are a valuable member of the school community, regardless of their particular needs.

 We give pupils with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) the support that they need, along with a broad and balanced curriculum. We work closely with families to help their children succeed and go on to the next stage of their education with confidence. We aim high with our SEND pupils and we expect their results to be better than the national average.



Quality First Teaching: All class teachers must be aware of the needs and requirements of their pupils and plan and adapt teaching accordingly.

The Graduated Approach is at the heart of whole school practice as we are continually assessing, planning, implementing and reviewing our approach to teaching all children where a potential special educational need has been identified, this process becomes increasingly personalised and responds over time to a growing understanding of the child’s or young person’s barriers to and gaps in learning and an increasingly individualised assessment of need cyclical process enables schools to continually reflect on its approaches to meeting a child’s needs.

DCPS has robust policies and procedures in place for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and we comply with the following legal requirements:

section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014

regulation 51 

schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability
Regulations 2014


Key Roles and Responsibilities

The SENDCO has day-to-day responsibility for the operation of SEND policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEND, including those who have EHC plans 

The SENDCO at DCPS is Mrs Sarah Reason 

If you wish to speak to Mrs Reason, please ring the school office (01909 550034) or email enquiries@dcp.wwpat.org

The Headteacher, Mrs Thompson, has specific responsibility for safeguarding and is the DSL alongside Mrs Reason and Mrs Marshall.

Mr Jamie Storer is also a key member of our inclusion team.

Definition of SEN and Disability- SEND


At DCPS we use the definition for SEN and for disability from the SEND Code of Practice (2014). This states:


SEN: A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England.


Disability: Many children and young people who have SEN may have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 – that is ‘…a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Identifying children with SEND - How do we know if children have Special Educational Needs?

It is important to recognise that children start school with varied experiences and usually need a little time to settle in and engage with new learning opportunities.

 Many children with complex needs have these identified very early.  Parents and carers may have already noticed that their child struggles in certain areas.  For other children difficulties may only become evident as they grow and develop, and as they learn and interact in new and different environments.

 The school regularly assesses all children and this will identify children that are making less than expected progress.

 Children will be identified as needing extra support if, despite high quality teaching, their progress is;

  • Significantly slower than that of other children of a similar age
  • Failing to match or better the child’s rate of progress
  • Failing to close the attainment gap between the child and their peers
  • Widening the attainment gap


The teaching staff and SENDCo will monitor the pupil closely and make observations which will also include discussions with parents, with clear review points. 

Who do I speak to? - Who are the best people to talk to if I think my child may have specific/additional learning needs?

The first person to speak to if you have any concerns about your child is the class teacher.  The class teacher knows your child better than any other adult in school and is always willing to listen to any concerns which you may have.


The Class Teacher will also raise any concerns they have with you about your child’s development.  This might be through our regular parent-teacher meetings or before or after the school day.  We prefer this discussion to be in person, however, we are aware that parents are not always able to pick up and drop off at school, so we may send a letter or message home. 


Where appropriate, the concern may then be shared with our Family and Inclusion Team. Further discussions may then take place between all relevant parties to determine the best way forward for your child.


For further support then the SENDIASS can be contacted. They provide parents with confidential, impartial advice and information on special educational needs from staff and trained volunteers.  Their contact telephone number is 01709 823627 and their website can be found HERE.

Medical Needs

How will my child's medical needs be met?

  • If a pupil has a medical need then a Care Plan is compiled with support from parents and in consultation with medical practitioners where appropriate.  These are shared with all staff who work with the pupil.
  • Specific members of staff have basic first aid training.  
  • We also have staff who have Paediatric First Aid Training in line with national requirements.
  • Epipen and Diabetes training is undertaken by the relevant staff.
  • Where a child has specific medical needs additional staff training with be arranged in consultation with the relevant professionals.


Please access the policies below for more information about SEND at Dinnington Community Primary School, or contact Mrs Reason, our SENDCo through our Main Office on 01909 550034.

 SEND Information Report 2022.pdfDownload
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Under The Children and Families Act 2014, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with SEN aged 0-25.  This is called the ‘Local Offer’.  

You can access the Special Educational Needs "Local Offer" here: