Hayward's Primary School

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Hayward’s is committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all pupils, whatever their needs.  We aim to create an environment where there is support for the child and family, allowing the child to progress in their learning, development and self-confidence.

During their time in school some children may present with a range of needs which will require support at varying times.  These may include learning difficulties, communication and interaction difficulties, physical difficulties or behavioural and emotional difficulties.  We aim to identify any need at an early stage so that we can determine how best to support the child.  This achieved through close work with our local pre-schools and support agencies.  The earlier a concern is raised the more likely the child can receive support and overcome their barriers to learning.

Throughout each year, pupil progress is assessed and monitored and support will be put in place for children not managing to achieve or make adequate progress.  If a concern is raised, it may be appropriate to place the child on the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) register.  This may mean that they will receive additional support within the classroom, or as part of a small group focusing on particular skills as part of intervention groups.  If support from external agencies is necessary, then the school will discuss this with you and arrange the necessary assessments of need so your child would receive the appropriate support.  This support is documented on a provision map of need for your child and will be shared and discussed with you.

If the child’s needs are more complex, it may be necessary to apply for an Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP).  We pride ourselves in working well with families in order to identify clearly and support each child’s needs.  We work closely with a range of outside agencies including our school nurse team, South West Families Support, Speech and Language therapy, Educational Psychologists, Behaviour Support, Occupational Therapy and Hearing and Visual Impairment Advisors.  Alongside supporting the school staff through training and advice in specialist areas, they are a great support to families.

For more details and information about our provision please see the SEND policy and information report.


We are very proud to have a highly skilled team of teaching assistants who support the children.  They help to ensure that every child in the school reaches their full potential.  Many run intervention groups such as speech and language, Fun Fit and motor skills groups.  We have a specialist dyslexia teacher, a Speech and Language therapist and a team of pastoral support TAs who run Forest School, offer Play Therapy and are Thrive practitioners.  Thrive is a programme designed to support the needs of children with social and emotional needs.  We run Solihull Parenting courses open to all as well as Family SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme for parents and children in Year 4.  These have been widely supported and parents have given very positive feedback.  We run a number of nurture groups in the mornings which help settle children into school routine.  A range of clubs are also run by TAs at lunchtimes to help support children with friendship groups.

We use ICT to support learning and needs with targeted programmes of intervention both before and after school.  ICT is also used to support individual learners’ needs.  Children have their own log in to be able to access online resources which support learning both in and out of school hours.

The school site has been planned to be accessible by all and provides no barriers to those with physical difficulties.

Hayward’s is a proactive school, always reflecting on our practice and looking for opportunities to develop the support for our children.  The curriculum is designed to be inclusive, engaging and inspiring.

“The school is justifiably proud of its success with disabled pupils or those with special educational need.”  Ofsted 2012

Mrs Ruth Dixon is the school SEND Co-ordinator.


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