Special Educational Needs


We are committed to ensuring that all children at our school are happy, enjoy school, can take part in all our learning and activities and are making progress. Some children may need additional support at school because they have a special educational need or disability (commonly referred to as SEND).

We appreciate that parents and carers may have concerns about their child’s needs and we provide extra termly opportunities to meet with class teachers and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Tracey Cansdale (SENCo).  However Mrs Cansdale is always happy to make time to talk to parents if you have a concern in this area, so you do not need to wait till a specific time.

We also have a parents’ consultation group which meets with the SENCo and our SEND Link Governor (Mrs Jane Dolphin). All parents are invited to attend this meeting, where we discuss matters that are important to parents. Previously we have discussed the new changes to law governing SEND and how they have been implemented in school.  We have also had Andrea Jones from Healthwatch Shropshire attend to listen to our experiences of accessing health and social care services for children, particularly over accessing CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).  In December 2016 we discussed communication and how parents preferred information: through email, website, face-to-face, through the Friday Letter or other ways.

Our SEND policy and Information Report contains lots of information about how we identify special educational needs and the type of support that we can offer.  Support may be through differentiated activities planned by the teacher and delivered in the classroom; it may involve intervention programmes targeted at a specific skill which may be delivered by a teacher or teaching assistant or it may be that we are following a specialised programme on the advice of outside agencies such as Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy or an Educational Psychologist. Full details of what we can offer are found in the Information Report and we are always happy to discuss this with parents.

The Information Report also signposts parents to Shropshire Council’s Local Offer and other useful services such as the Early Help process and parental support organisations.

If your child has a medical condition you may find our policy on Medical needs helpful, as we are committed to the full inclusion of all children in school life.  Click here for more details and see the webpage “Medical and Health Matters” under the “School Life” tab.

As with any other area of school life, if you have a query or concern about the provision your child is receiving, please talk to your class teacher or the SENCo, Mrs Tracey Cansdale.  If it is easier to ask a query in writing, please email cansdale.t@christchurch.shropshire.sch.uk or see our general complaints procedure under the Policies and Procedure tab.

Useful Documents:

A Policy for Special Educational Needs Provision and the SEND Information Report’ for Christ Church CE Primary here

Our Accessibility Plan and Equalities Policy can be accessed here: equalities-policy-pupils-accessibility-plan-aut-15-18

Useful Websites:

Shropshire SEND Local Offer