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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Concord Junior School aims to be an educationally inclusive school in which the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matters.

The Inclusion Team has a vital role within the school. The team includes:

  • The school SENCo, who is also the Interim Head of School and Designated Safeguarding Lead - Nicola Sherwood
  • HLTAs and Teaching Assistants 

Effective support for pupils develops from parents, carers and school staff working in partnership through structured conversations, meetings, regular contact by phone and home visits. Children and their parents and carers need to be involved in planning and making decisions about their education. Regular meetings are held with parents/carers of children with SEND and Looked-After Children (with external agencies as appropriate) as well as annual reviews for pupils with SEND.

Links with outside agencies such as Learning Support, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapy, Hearing Service, Visual Service, MAST, CAMHS and the Educational Psychologist are strong. There is also partnership working with other schools, both mainstream and special schools.

Concord's Inclusion Team works closely with the Trust InclusionTeam.

The Team is valued by pupils, staff and parents/carers. It is a strong, reflective team which benefits from the links between schools within the Trust.

 Support offered by the Team includes:

  • In-class support
  • Withdrawal support for interventions to improve speaking, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, thinking and memory skills, maths, or to address physical or medical needs
  • Catch-up sessions before and after school
  • Support for children experiencing emotional, social, behavioural or health difficulties
  • Lunchtime provision and support
  • Support for staff on behaviour management including individual advice, group discussion and Inset
  • Support for groups with specific difficulties, e.g. anger management
  • Early identification of children requiring additional support from agencies outside school, working alongside parents/carers using the FCAF process
  • Work with outside agencies for advice and to organise further support
  • Managing the safeguarding system including Child Protection, using FCAFs, acting as the Lead Professionals and attending multi-agency meetings – core group, Child in Need meetings and case conferences.
  • Regular meetings with Health Visitors and the school nurse
  • Supporting looked-after children in school and liaising with Social Workers around personalised plans
  • Development of strategies to improve attendance including group work with targeted students
  • Home visits and telephone contact with families to ensure attendance at school and arrange support for families where needed
  • Half-termly meetings with pupils whose attendance is a concern
  • Regular contact with parents/carers in meetings, by letter, text or phone

Admission arrangements for SEND children

Children who have additional or special needs are taken through a comprehensive transition process to ensure they quickly settle into school and staff are fully aware of the individual needs.

Stage of SEND          School %       National %

EHCP                            0.01%              1.3%

SEND support               26.8%            12.1%


For further information, please refer to the documents below, the link to the local offer or contact Miss Nicola Sherwood (SENCO) at

Sheffield Local Offer: Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities