Q1: Who are the best people to talk to in this school about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND)?

There are several staff you can speak to regarding your child’s learning or SEND. If you are unsure who to approach, please have an initial chat with your child’s Teacher.

The SEN Code of Practice clearly acknowledges the important role fulfilled by the class teacher, he /she is responsible and accountable for all pupils including those with SEND. Teachers will follow the graduated response when identifying needs of pupils and make reasonable adjustments to support them in their learning. If difficulties continue then the SENDco will become involved.


Class Teachers

  • Follow school’s procedures for the identification and assessment of, and subsequent provision for, pupils with SEND.
  • It is the responsibility of the class teacher to plan for the inclusion of all children in their care with any identified special needs or disabilities supported by the SENDco.
  • Support plans and profiles should be produced using information from assessments, outside agencies, parents and the pupil and shared with the parent/carer.
  • Class teachers have the responsibility to keep all support plans and information relating to pupils on the SEND register up to date.
  • Teachers must ensure that parents and carer are fully aware of concerns.
  • Teachers should ensure that the classroom organisation is planned to maximise learning opportunities and increase opportunities to access the curriculum.
  • Teachers should follow the procedures in this policy and liaise with the SENDco for advice and support.
  • Teachers should plan for the effective use of teaching and support assistants as requires.


You can also make an appointment with our school SENDco Mrs. S. Wilson:

The role of the SENDco is to:


  • Oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy
  • Coordinate and managing the provision for additional support
  • Contribute to and manage records relating to SEND
  • Contribute to and manage the school-based assessments and complete documentation required by Together For Children and other agencies.
  • Act as a link with parents and other professionals
  • Ensure all data kept on children is stored in line with national data protection legislation.
  • Ensure sensitive information regarding children and families is treated with confidentiality and may be made available on a need to know basis only.
  • Monitor and evaluate SEND provision and report to the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage a range of resources, human and material, linked to supporting children with SEND
  • Support Staff when required in the writing and evaluation of SEND
  • Ensure that a SEND action plan is in place.
  • Deliver training as required.

We also have a SEND Governor – Ms L Bartley

Ms Bartley will meet with the SENDco on a regular basis. The Board of trustees has overall responsibility for ensuring that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends George Washington Primary School.
Parents are welcome to approach the school in person, initially via our friendly Office staff or Class Teachers. Alternatively, you can make contact with us by email or telephone:

School contact telephone number 0191 4906453
School Email: school@gwps.org.uk