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What do we mean by Special Educational Needs?


At Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, we are highly committed to creating a stimulating learning experience that is inclusive of all children.  We want every child to reach their potential and emerge from school with a life-long love of learning.


Universal Provision

We provide all children with the opportunity to make good progress by making reasonable adaptations to the curriculum, taking into account different needs and abilities.  This is called 'differentiation', and it is normal within a classroom to have different levels of work going on at the same time.  At the heart of this is 'Quality First Teaching'.


Targeted Support

From time to time a child may fall behind or stop progressing, for a variety of reasons.  If this happens, we will offer 'targeted support' which is often in the form of a group catch-up programme r intervention led by an adult for a specific length of time.  It could also be in the form of specific resources that a child is given to use. The results of these interventions are carefully monitored to ensure that progress is being made.  This is all part of normal classroom practice, and everything is recorded on our 'Provision Map' which helps us to keep track of who is doing what and when they did it.  If the intervention works, then the child will close the gap and return to making progress.  If, despite interventions and targeted support, there is still a significant gap, then we move to the next level of support.


Special Support and Special Educational Needs

This is what we call the support given to a child who needs personalised support or a heavily adapted curriculum.  This could be because of profound and sustained learning difficulties, behaviour or emotional issues or a disability.  The result is that the child will have an Assess, Plan, Do, Review (ADPR) with very specific short-term targets that are set and reviewed three times a year with the parents and if possible, the child. We also record the fact that the child has an ADPR on our 'Special Needs Register'.


There are 3 levels of need:


Additional Support

This is where all the support, advice, tracking, resources etc. are provided by the school.  The Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) will be actively involved in supporting the class teacher and providing advice.


Additional Support Plus

The school will ask for outside agencies to help structure a programme of support for the child which will then be delivered by the school. This could include Educational Psychologists, Specialist Support Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, etc. Outside agencies may also work with the child occasionally.


Education Healthcare Plan (EHCP)

Avery small number of children have needs that require significant and sustained advice and support from outside agencies, as well as needing a very high level of adult support.  In these cases, the school will ask for a Statutory Assessment and if the county panel agree that the needs meet their threshold, they will issue an Education Healthcare Plan.  (The plan will come with additional monetary support that is partly funded by the school and partly by county.  how this is spent will be discussed with the school, the child and the parents, keeping in mind the long term needs and wishes of the child).





How does the school know if my child needs extra help?


Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School we have a number of methods to help us identify children that need extra help or may have special educational needs.  These include:

  • information from your child's pre-school or previous school
  • class teacher visits to your child's feeder pre-school
  • information from other services who have worked with your child (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists)
  • ongoing teacher assessments during lessons and formal assessments
  • using Target Tracker data (our whole-school progress tracking system)


This information will be used to ensure that we meet any additional needs your child may have.  Once your child is in school, we will monitor your child's progress and development. Where relevant, we may ask other professionals. to give advice and support.

What should I do if I think my child may have Special Educational Needs?


If you have any concerns about your child please speak to your class teacher.  your concerns will always be taken seriously and your views are important to us.  You can also contact the SENDCo either via the school office or on the contact details below.


Hardwick Campus: Mrs Leila Coe - email:

Cambourne Campus: Mrs Jemma Hoban - email:


if the school agrees that your child has special educational needs your child will be places in the school's SEN Register. There will be an initial meeting with parent, child, class teacher and SENDCo where individual targets will be set and interventions planned to help support you child both in school and at home.  We value the views of parents and children when writing the plans and will talk to you about how you can help support your child at home.


How will school staff support my child?

  • Initially your child's needs will be met within the class, supported by high quality teaching, including lesson planning that takes account of the needs of your child.
  • Where a gap in learning is identified you child may have additional support outside of normal lessons in a small group or 1:1.  These interventions are carefully matched to the needs to individual children and are used to help both children with SEN and those who need a 'catch up'
  • The progress of all children is regularly monitored by the class teacher and also the senior leadership team
  • If your child has an ADPR, the class teacher will set individual targets for you child. ADPR targets are set and reviewed three times a year in consultation with the child, parents and with advice from the SENDCo
  • In some cases children will follow an individualised programme of study that is matched to their needs
  • If your child has an EHCP and has an assigned teaching assistant, they will make sure that they liaise regularly with you to communicate your child's progress
  • Where necessary the school may seek support from outside services.  This will be discussed with you and a referral made with your permission
  • The governing body is responsible for ensuring that funding is used appropriately, and for monitoring teaching and accessibility.  There is a designated SEN Governor who works with the schools SENDCos.
  • If your child has a physical disability or medical needs please click on the links below to find a copy of our:





How will the curriculum be matched to my child's needs?