Special Education Needs

Welcome to St.Helen’s SEND information page. On this website page you will find lots of information relating to the provision of SEND and Inclusion and in particular the teaching of SEND at our school.  Over the next few months this page will be regularly updated with news and information so that you can see what is happening.

As a school we will listen to any concerns that you have about your child/ren and can set up further meetings to plan additional support depending on the nature of your concerns. If you have any worries first and foremost please make contact with your child’s class teacher or please feel free to contact the school SENCO- Mr. Kelvin Chappell on the following email below:


School Information Report: Please note this is currently being reviewed for the academic year 2016-17. This will be live from the start of Term 3 2017. 

Please find below the link to our 2015-16 SEND Information report that details more information about SEND provision in our school.

Information Report September 2015.

Training Opportunities so far this year:

Playground Friends: Developing children’s enjoyment of play times. 

Training was provided for Year 6 children to develop playground friendship groups to enable play times to run smoothly. Playground friends act as mediators when friends can sometimes fall out.


On the second inset day of this year  (Wednesday 2nd September) the whole school staff were trained in the use of Makaton language. Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. This programme is something that we are introducing throughout the whole school that the children will work on for 10 minutes a week.  For more information about Makaton – please follow the link below to the Makaton Trust Website.


Rapid Maths Intervention for SENCO and Teaching Assistants.  

On Monday 21st September the Maths co-ordinator Alison Green, the SENCO Kelvin Chappell and the TAs received a whole morning training on the intervention programme- Rapid Maths. The programme is to be introduced into school- in order to support some children with their understanding of Number.

Dyslexia Friendly School

Staff meeting for teachers and teaching assistants. Training from Jackie Muggleton South Gloucestershire’s Dyslexia expert.

In last week’s staff meeting as part of the schools ongoing inclusion developments, the staff  were visited by Jackie Muggleton South Glos school’s dyslexia expert, who ran a staff meeting session looking at Dyslexia. The session included looking at how we can be a dyslexic friendly school and how we can help children with dyslexia. The session reiterated that we cannot make a diagnosis of dyslexia ourselves but reinforced that by working in partnerships, with parents and children, how we can as teachers and staff make school an enjoyable place where all children enjoy their learning by implementing specific dyslexic friendly strategies.  Please remember that if you have any concerns with any aspect of your child’s learning, please feel free to contact Mr.Chappell.

Please find below a list of our Teaching Assistants that work alongside all our children.

Teaching Assistants: 2015-16

Mrs C Bendall  Reception

Mrs K Gear  Reception and Year 1

Mrs F Kitson  Year 1 and 2

Mrs A Thompson Year 2

Mrs N Woolford Year 3 and 4

Mrs J Robinson Year 5 and 6

Mrs E Spear Year 3

Mrs N Burns Year 3

Mrs F Wilding Reception

Latest SEN/D News and Information:

SEND Policy 2015-16:

In line with the New SEN/D Code of Practice we have reviewed and  updated our SEN/D policy.We have tried to make the policy more accessible and hope that you find the policy easier to follow in  a ‘magazine’ style format which is similar to our SEN/D Information report. This policy was approved by governors and will be reviewed again in July 2016:

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Please click on the following link to look at the school’s SEN/D: SEND Policy 2015-16

Please note this is last years policy- the current academic year 2016-17 is currently in the process of being reviewed:

Supporting Parents


Please find information below for a group called: Supportive Parents. Who are a charity who provide information, advice and support to parents, children and young people about special educational needs or disability in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire.

Supportive Parents

A message from Mr Chappell, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO):

As well as lots of changes to the National Curriculum subjects this year, there have also been significant changes relating to the provision of SEN/D (Special Educational Needs / Disability). These changes became statutory in September once the SEN/D bill was implemented over the summer by the Department of Children and Families. One of the major changes was to develop a new SEN/D code of practice. To help you become familiar with some of these new changes, we have set up this page dedicated to providing information about SEN/D provision.

A statutory requirement of the 2014 SEND Code of Practice is for the LA (Local Authority) to outline to parents/carers what services are available and what support they can expect from a range of local agencies, including from the local authority, health services, schools, leisure services and the voluntary sector to support children with SEN/D. (Special Educational Needs/Disability.) As part of South Gloucestershire’s local offer the following questions and answers detail how we support the teaching and learning of SEN/D children at St.Helen’s CE Primary School and also form the basis of our first SEN/D Information statement. This is continually reviewed and updated. If you have any thoughts or questions about this information please feel free to email our school to make contact with our SENCO

Please find below the direct link to the South Gloucestershire Council’s  SEN page:


This will take you directly to information about Special Education Needs. The next link will take you directly to the local authority’s local offer page.


To help parents/carers become familiar with the changes to SEN/D provision please click the link below to read an information leaflet provided by the South Glos Parents and Carer Forum.

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The 2014 SEN Code of Practice:


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