Special Educational Needs

How we support children who have a Special Educational Need and/or Disability at Cragside CofE Primary School

At Cragside Church of England Primary School, we seek to live out the Christian and British values which are at the heart of our school and expressed in our mission statement and the set of SHINE BRIGHT expectations that we have at school. Our constant and relentless drive is that there should be high achievement for all at Cragside, that every child and adult should have the very best chance to succeed in life and that all are able to participate in what our school and wider community is able to offer.  At the core of what we do, we seek to share the importance of our school values: Respect, Joy, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Kindness and most importantly, Love.

Our school motto, 'Let Your Light Shine' is taken from St Matthew's Gospel and encapsulates the aim of our school; to provide encouragement and opportunities for everyone to discover and use the gifts and talents they have been given. We seek to enable every single child and adult to flourish and achieve their full potential.   We believe that all children have the right to feel safe and we actively seek to overcome all barriers to learning, offering new opportunities and responding to learners in ways which take account of their varied needs, range of starting points and diversity of life experiences.

 Cragside C of E Primary School is an inclusive school.   We recognise the individuality of each child and strive to help them achieve their full potential.   Every child is valued regardless of race, culture or religious beliefs and whatever their abilities or needs.  We believe all children have the right and ability to learn and make progress and we work to provide an environment where all children are valued, their potential nurtured and their achievements celebrated.

 Our School promotes high standards and all children, regardless of their particular needs, are provided with the very best teaching, which enables them to make the best possible progress and develop as valued members of our school community.

We offer a range of provision to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.   We have high expectations of all children and staff and we believe that it is the entitlement of all children to have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Approximately one in five children will have a Special Educational Need (SEN) at some time during their school life.

Children with SEN have learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities which make it harder for them to learn than other children of the same age. These children may need extra support or different help, for example, modified tasks, extra time to complete work or breaks during assessment periods.

Schools and other agencies can help work with parents to help most children overcome their difficulties quickly and easily. But a number of children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

A child with a special educational need may have difficulty with:
• Some or all of the work in class
• Reading, talking, writing or mathematics
• Understanding and remembering information
• Expressing themselves
• Understanding others, relationships and how to form friendships
• Sensory perception or physical mobility
• Organising themselves
• Managing how they respond to situations


If you would like to discuss any concerns which you have about your child, then please arrange a meeting with your child’s classteacher or Mrs Parker, SENDCO.


Please see a list of useful website links below:

Addiss - The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.

British Dyslexia Association - The BDA is the voice of dyslexic people. Our vision is that of a dyslexia friendly society that enables dyslexic people to reach their potential.

British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) - BILD is committed to improving the quality of life for the 1.2 million people in the UK with a learning disability.

British Stammering Association - Information, resources and help to do with stammering

Cerebra - A charity that helps provide information, support and research for children with neurological conditions.

Contact a Family - Provides advice and information and support to the parents and carers of all disabled children.

Council for Disabled Children - A national forum for the discussion, development and dissemination of policy and practice issues for disabled children and young people and those with special educational.

Department for Education (DFE) - The Department for Education was formed on 12 May 2010 and is responsible for education and children’s services.

Disabled Children Team - Have certain responsibilities for disabled children and young people in Northumberland

Disability North - Provides independent information and advice on a wide range of disability issues (including equipment and adaptation) to disabled people.

Down's Syndrome Association- Information and support on all aspects of living with Down's syndrome

Dyslexia North East - Offer advice and information. Are run by volunteers who care about improving opportunities and support for those affected by dyslexia and related conditions such as ADHD and Dyspraxia and Autism.

I CAN - I CAN is the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties across the UK. The charity works to create a society where their special needs are recognised, understood and met, so that they have the same opportunities in life as other children.

Inclusion Website on the National Grid for Learning (NGfL) - Information, news, legislation and advice on issues related to Inclusion

IPSEA - A national charity that provides free legal based advice for families who have children with special educational needs. 15

Mencap - Mencap is the UK’s leading learning disability charity working with people with a learning disability and their families and carers.

National Autistic Society - The NAS exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

National Deaf Children’s Society - The National Deaf Children’s Society is the only UK charity solely dedicated to providing support, information and advice for deaf children and young people, their families and professionals working with them.

Northumberland Disabled Children's Register (Infolink) - A voluntary data base held by Children's Services for children with disabilities. Families receive regular newsletters which contains information of interest to parents of disabled children. Also provide Max cards for those on the register that offers discounted or free entry to some of Northumberland and Newcastle attractions.

Royal National Institute for the Blind - RNIB are UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight problems

Royal National Institute of the Deaf (RNID) - RNID campaigns in many ways to make daily life better for deaf and hard of hearing people. We also support deaf and hard of hearing people by providing free information via our helplines, running vital services, supporting scientific and technological research, and running the RNID Typetalk telephone relay service. And we help other organisations to provide better services to their deaf and hard of hearing employees and customers.

SCOPE - Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy. Our aim is that disabled people achieve equality: a society in which they are as valued and have the same human and civil rights as everyone else.

SEBDA - SEBDA is a charitable organisation that exists to promote excellence in services for children and young people who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

SENSE - Sense is the UK’s leading organisation for people who are deafblind or have associated disabilities.

The Alan Shearer Centre - Is a specialist recreational, sensory and social resource for disabled people of all ages and caters to a wide spectrum of need.

Toby Henderson Trust - An independent charity for Autism based near Morpeth