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St James' Catholic Primary School"We belong to the loving family of St James”

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities



Name of SENDCo  – Mrs Draper

If you wish to speak to Mrs Draper please phone the office on 01695 728989.


At St James’ Catholic Primary School every child matters. We try our very best to ensure that every child in our school receives a high quality education, regardless of any additional need they may have.


A child has Special Educational Needs if they have a learning difficulty, behavioural difficulty, physical difficulty or medical problems which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.


Children have a learning difficulty if they:


  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.

Special educational provision is that which is additional to or different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age.


The emphasis of our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) policy is on the early identification of any difficulties a child may have and to respond to these needs by offering an appropriate learning environment in which a range of differentiated activities are provided.


Useful Websites;

Lancashire County Council's Local OfferInformation for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families.


Independent Parental Special Education Advice– Provides free, legally based Special Education advice.


National Autistic Society – The National Autistic Society website, the main UK charity for supporting people with ASD and their families.


Widgit Symbol Resources – Symbolled resources for different topics and areas of life, including resources for fire safety and about visiting the doctors/dentists.


Special Needs Kids – An information directory for parents and carers.


Autism UK –Contains lots of information on ASD.


Autism Speaks – A comprehensive site, with a useful resource library.


One Place for Special Needs – A really useful set of social stories to share with children, covering topics ranging from coping with a new baby in the family to getting a haircut to making friends.


Winston's Wish – A fantastic website full of information to support children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling.