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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

If you have any questions or queries regarding Special Educational Needs, please see link below to the Staffordshire Local Offer which contains  details of help and answers to your questions.

Meet the SEND Team

Mrs Gemma Simpson is River View's Assistant Headteacher Responsible for Inclusion.

Mrs Melanie Hutchinson is the school's Home School Link Support Worker works alongside her in order to offer a very holistic approach towards meeting the individual needs of children and their families.

Inclusion Support Assistants


   Mrs Gail Earp

   Parent Governor

    Link Governor SEND

At River View Primary and Nursery School both Staff and Governors place Special Needs at the centre of its whole philosophy.


  • We aim to work with parents, children and support agencies to make a positive difference to all.
  • We provide our children with a challenging education which meets their academic, physical, social, emotional and moral needs.
  • We aim to raise the aspirations and expectations for all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


The staff in school work closely with parents and other agencies to ensure that the needs of all our children are met within school.


At River View we define special educational needs as:

"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.....Health care provision and social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision." SEND Code of Practice 2014


The SEND Code of Practice (2014) identifies four broad areas of Special Educational Need:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs.


All children have access to a differentiated curriculum, and our primary focus is on all children receiving high quality teaching within their classes. The SEND team offers support and advice to class teachers in regard to strategies, prompts and scaffolds to support children within the classroom.


Early identification of Special Educational Needs and prompt intervention is a focus of the SEND team, while also taking into account and following the "Assess-Plan-Do-Review" cycle promoted within the SEND Code of Practice (2014). There is a clear process and procedure in place within school to facilitate this and all children's academic progress is closely monitored and tracked.


We work with a range of professionals in order to support all children in our care, these professionals include: Educational Psychologists, Hearing Impaired Service, Physical Disability Support Services, Behaviour Support, Specialist Educational Support Services, Local Assessment Team, Single Point of Access, School Nurses, Diabetic Nurses, Community Paediatricians, Midland Psychology, Community Speech and Language Therapists, WMISLT Ltd, Specialist Key Learning Centre, Autism Outreach, CAMHS, Local Support Team, Social Services and others.



SEND Termly Learning Conferences


For the past two years we have offered the parents/carers of children with additional needs the opportunity to attend an extended Termly Learning Conference. We have found this a fantastic opportunity to discuss the personalised paperwork that supports each child's needs. After each meeting parents/carers are given a questionnaire to complete to help us to work with them and move forward together. Here are the results of the questionnaire completed after our recent Termly Learning Conference:

SEND Interventions


During the afternoons, following core learning time, some children may receive interventions by the SEND team or other trained staff and professionals. We offer a range of evidence-based researched interventions to support children with their needs and learning.

Lego Therapy


LEGO-based therapy is a social development program to improve effective social communication development. The skills developed during weekly therapy sessions generalise well into the classroom. The children work in groups of 3, supported by an adult facilitator, and take on defined roles as Engineer, Supplier and Builder. The children rotate through these roles.


(Further information is available at


Through their participation in LEGO therapy children develop skills in:

  • Collaborative work
  • Division of Labour
  • Sharing
  • Turn-taking
  • Eye contact
  • Emphasis on verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Social problem-solving
  • Impulse control
  • Attention and concentration
  • Taking the lead
  • Giving clear and understandable instructions

and much, much more!

Speech and Language Therapy


River View has identified quite a challenge with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCNs). As a result, the head teacher has provided budget for us to directly employ a Speech and Language Therapist to support teachers and children. We have employed Miss Ellie Newman through West Midlands Independent Speech and Language Therapy Services Ltd (WMISLT Ltd) for 1 day a week.

Attention Autism


Attention Autism is a therapy developed by Gina Davis. The purpose of these 30 minute sessions is to build children’s attention and interaction levels. These sessions occur in Early Years Foundation Stage three times weekly, with the purpose to build specific children's attention to 20 minutes of sustained listening and interaction.


Attention Autism is a highly motivating and creative approach to building attention and early communication skills. The approach utilises highly visual and engaging objects and fosters a kinaesthetic, hands-on approach to learning. 

Colourful Semantics


Colourful Semantics is a highly visual method of supporting children to write more complex and meaningful sentences that make sense and extend their vocabulary use. It starts by breaking sentences down so that children can understand the different parts of sentences, before putting them back together again.

Early Talk Boost and Talk Boost


Following extensive research and testing, the speech and language charity, ICAN, have developed robust interventions for children who have mildly delayed speech, language and communication.


We screen all children entering Reception and offer them access to Early Talk Boost, Talk Boost or access to a Speech and Language Therapist, as necessary. Children in Key Stage 1 who have delayed language (as identified through completion of "Progression Tools") also have access to Talk Boost.


Children identified as having delayed SLCN development receive 3 weekly sessions of 45 minutes in a ratio of 1:6 for Talk Boost or 1:8 for Early Talk Boost.


Evidence has proved that children make 12 to 18 months progress after participating in 10 weeks of Talk Boost or at least 6 months progress after participating in Early Talk Boost for 9 weeks.


Children will bring home workbooks (for Talk Boost) or "Jake and Tizzy" reading books (for Early Talk Boost) to share with you. Please help the children complete the tasks with you, and ensure the books are returned to school daily.

Precision Teaching


Children receive short 10/20 minute 1:1 sessions around specific targets in English or Maths with Lunchtime Supervisors, Teaching Assistants or a member of the SEND team. These sessions may be on-going or very short term around a specific difficulty or learning objective.

Time To Talk


This is a programme specifically designed to teach and develop social interaction skills and improve oral language skills for children aged between 4-6 years old. 


The skills which a child can gain from taking part in this intervention include:

-Turn taking

-Following instructions


-Listening and attention

-Awareness of own's feelings


Small group Maths and English Interventions


Children receive small group teaching around specific Maths concepts or aspects of English. They are taught strategies they can utilise to then take this learning back into the classroom environment.

Assess-Plan-Do-Review (APDR) Individual Educational Plans (IEP)


All children on the school's SEND record have a termly APDR IEP with specific targets. These documents will be shared with you termly, and the children's progress also discussed with parents. There will be an expectation within the APDR IEP that parents and carers will support children by helping them at home as appropriate. All children on the school's record at SEND 2 will either have weekly small group or an individual session focusing on their targets. All children on the school's record at SEND 3 or above, or with a speech and language target, will receive 3 weekly 1:1 sessions with a teaching assistant to work on their APDR IEP targets.


Parents of children with SEND can receive free and impartial advice and support from Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership. Please use the following website address to access their site:

RWI Phonics

At River View we follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme, more information can be found on the Reading section of this website.

To help support your child with the correct pronunciation of sounds, please watch this video where 5 year old Sylvie will demonstrate how to say each sound. 

SEND Documentation