Southborough Church of England Primary School

Southborough Church of England Primary School

Additional Educational Needs

Inclusion and Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

All children are valued and respected in the school whatever their needs may be. For some children additional programmes and support are needed to support or to extend their learning.


The term Additional Educational Needs (AEN) includes the following:

  • children with learning needs such as dyslexia or dyscalculia

  • children with social, emotional and mental health needs

  • children with physical or medical needs

  • children with sensory needs

  • children with social communication difficulties

  • children for whom English is an additional language

  • children who are vulnerable


We aim:

  • to identify, at the earliest opportunity, all children who need special consideration to support their physical, sensory, social, emotional, communication or cognitive development.

  • to ensure that all children are fully included in all school activities in order to promote the highest levels of personal achievement.

  • to promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independent learning at all levels.

  • to support children to have a growth mindset and reach their potential.


In addition to the broad, balanced and vibrant curriculum that we offer to all our pupils we also employ a range of short term intervention groups to boost children's attainment where necessary.


We hold Pupil Progress Review meetings three times a year where children in the school are discussed, attainment and progress are tracked and the register of AEN is reviewed and updated, ensuring that all children are correctly identified. Following these meetings our short term, targeted, intervention groups are evaluated and new ones established.


These interventions include:


  • NELI - to support speech, language and vocabulary development

  • Speech and Language Link

  • Read, Write Inc Phonics for Reading and Spelling

  • Fresh Start Phonics

  • Additional Writing

  • Precision Teaching

  • Reciprocal Reader

  • Accelerated Reader

  • Talk Boost


We have a school counsellor, play therapist and mental health worker who are able to provide additional emotional support to children for whom life is difficult, either at home or at school.


We work with a number of agencies and specialists who can carry out assessments and offer us advice and support. These include Educational Psychologists, Community Paediatricians, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Specialist Teachers,  Equality and Inclusion Advisors, Early Help, Social Services and other Health professionals.