Meeting Needs

Like most schools, we have a number of pupils at Lucas Vale, who have additional educational needs.

Inclusion: Supporting children with additional needs

Useful SEND information for Parents and carers

At Lucas Vale we work in partnership to ensure that all children, including those with SEND can, and will make progress. With all this, teachers at Lucas Vale firstly through quality first teaching, focus on how children can be supported in our creative approach to their learning and in a very personalised and child centred way.

Identified needs may include:

  • Communication difficulties
  • Physical or sensory needs
  • Social, Emotional, Behavioural and Mental Health needs
  • Specific Learning difficulties
  • Medical conditions (Including Care Plans)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Inclusion operate on a holistic basis where we aim to support many varied circumstances our children and their families experience and as a result may need additional support, e.g. because they have a crisis, New Arrivals, Casual Inductions and Transition etc.

At Lucas Vale, our team are friendly, welcoming and dedicated to the support they provide for these children. Support is co-ordinated by our SENCo and Inclusion Manager. We liaise with a range of agencies such as:

  • ​​Speech and language therapy service
  • Occupational therapy
  • Community paediatric team
  • CAMHs
  • New Woodlands Outreach team
  • Educational Psychologist team
  • Drumbeat outreach team

Tracking Children’s Progress

We provide learning which meets the needs of each and every child. If the school has concerns about the progress a child is making, steps will be taken to provide a support plan within school for that child and we will monitor closely what progress is made with this extra support. The governor who has responsibility for special educational needs is Catherine Bennett.

The support and roles within the team are multi-faceted, working across the whole school to provide quadrated areas Learning, Behaviour, pupil welfare and parent voice.

This includes:

  • ​​Advice and support for class teachers
  • Working with individual children and groups to promote independent learning
  • Early intervention programmes
  • Working in partnership with the lunchtime team
  • Providing workshops and advice to parents and families
  • Providing opportunities for careers and personal development
  • Monitoring attendance and punctuality
Children enjoying their packed lunch
Children playing on wooden apparatus in the playground

When, despite relevant, sustained and coherent strategies put together are not promoting the rate of expected progress and  a child continues to experience persistent learning difficulties, the school may submit a detailed report to the Local Authority requesting that the child undergo a statutory assessment of his/her additional educational needs. The aim of this assessment is to decide if the child should be given further additional individual support through the provision of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

The core value of Inclusion is the drive to ensure that all pupils’ needs are met, no one child gets left behind, children recognise that they are able to make a positive contribution to school life and children feel they are active participants in their own learning in school.

If you require any help or advice, or are concerned that your child may have additional educational needs, please do not hesitate to contact Sophia Kirton, our School Inclusion Manager, via the school office.


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Lucas Vale Vision

We aspire for all individuals within our community to become confident, secure and caring learners who achieve personal success and develop a love of learning.