Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

St. Matthew’s is proud of its inclusive ethos and is fully committed to ensuring all pupils, regardless of their background, additional educational needs, race or gender are able to fulfil their potential.


In September 2014, a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice came into effect. Under the new Code of Practice, a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs, or SEN, if he or she has, ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’ or his or her disability, ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’.

Everyone at St Matthew’s High Brooms is committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any child with SEN to be included fully in all aspects of school life. The Special Needs policy at St Matthew’s supports the stated Christian values and vision of the school that we:

  • have high expectations in all aspects of school life
  • provide opportunities to enjoy learning, be challenged and achieve in a safe and caring environment,
  • celebrate and share successes within our school and wider community.
  • support our 3 specific school values of honesty, kindness and respect.

The SEN team at St. Matthew’s School

The SEN Governor

Mike Smith is the current Governor with responsibility for SEN at St. Matthew’s. He has regular contact with the SENCO and the Senior Management of the school to keep up-to-date with, and monitor the school’s SEN provision. The school must make an annual report to parents on the school’s current SEN provision.

The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Sarah Lumley is our Inclusion Leader and in her role she is responsible for the arrangements for SEN provision throughout the school.

  • Has responsibility for the day to day operation of the SEN policy.
  • Maintains a register of children with SEN, and ensures that the records on children with SEN are up-to-date.
  • Works closely with the Head Teacher, and the Wider Leadership Team, the teaching and support staff in co-ordinating provision for our SEN children.
  • Manages the Teaching Assistants employed to work with individuals and groups of children with SEN throughout the school.
  • Manages those Teaching Assistants attached to individual children with Education, Health and Care Plans or High Needs Funding.
  • Liaises with the staff in school who have responsibility for child protection, attendance and family support issues.
  • Liaises with the school nurse.
  • Liaises with Pastoral Support staff and the school FLO.
  • Works closely with the parents of children with SEN.
  • Liaises with outside agencies to gain advice and support for children with SEN.
  • Contributes to in-service training for staff on SEN issues.
  • Applies for High Needs Funding, where appropriate.

The SEN Support Staff

The school uses Teaching Assistants, Class Teachers and consultant teachers to support the SENCO in delivering learning programmes and targeted interventions to children with SEN throughout the school.

These TAs, Teachers and consultants work with individual children and with small groups on very specific intervention programmes. They meet with the SENCO regularly to plan and review, and to adapt the learning programmes they are delivering, if necessary.

Across the school, pupils identified as having some form of SEN may receive additional teaching in literacy and maths skills through withdrawal groups and individuals. This withdrawal does not take place during key teaching and learning times in the morning, instead, these sessions are carefully planned to occur in appropriate afternoon time slots.  The SENCo also carries out diagnostic assessments of individual children for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Language difficulties. She plans and reviews Individual Learning Plans with both Class Teachers and TAs at the beginning and end of each term.

Children with Education, Health and Care Plans and/or in receipt of High Needs Funding are sometimes supported on an individual basis by TAs employed by the school from the funding delegated for this purpose.

The school also employs an Attendance Clerk who monitors attendance for all pupils across the school, but with a particular focus upon our vulnerable groups.  Our Pastoral Manager works on a daily basis in school with individuals and small groups to support their social, emotional and mental health needs. The school’s Family Liaison Officer (FLO) works closely with the staff at St Matthew’s to support children and their families who are having difficulties. The SENCO meets regularly with the FLO and Pastoral Manager to monitor children’s progress.  She attends regular Needs Meetings held in school to ensure that she is aware of all children’s situations and needs.


Identification and assessment

At St. Matthew’s School we identify children with SEN as early as possible, through regular contact with our feeder Early Years settings and by assessment at the start of the Foundation Stage Year using the PIPS baseline screening programme, Speechlink and Language Link.

Throughout the school we monitor and track the progress of all children by an on-going process of planning, teaching and assessment. Children with SEN may be identified at any stage of this process during their school life. In the Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 the assessments used are:

  • Baseline scores at the start and end of the Foundation Stage year
  • The Foundation Stage Profiles
  • the P scales
  • termly assessments of progress from Target Tracker
  • the end of Key Stage 1 SATs tests
  • Year 1 Phonics screening test

In Key Stage 2 the assessments used are:

  • termly assessments of progress from Target Tracker
  • termly assessments of progress including the end of Year Optional SATs tests in Years 3, 4 and 5 in English and Maths
  • the end of Key Stage 2 SATs tests

The tests used in school for diagnostic purposes are

  • GL Assessment Dyslexia
  • GL Assessment Dyscalculia
  • Speech Link
  • Language Link

Please visit our policies page to see our full SEN Policy.

This leaflet may also be useful for more information: SEN@St Matts Leaflet