SEND/Inclusion at Riverside Community Primary School, October 2021.

The primary aim of the school’s SEND provision is to ensure that all children feel themselves to be valued and fulfilled members of the school community.

All, from the least to the most able, make progress and are helped to reach their full potential which reflects the school’s philosophy that every child is an individual who has a right to be provided with a supportive context in which they can develop their potential to the full, regardless of age, disability, background, race or aptitude. Inclusion is practised and diversity acknowledged.

Some children will have specific needs that are temporary, others more serious and ongoing.

The school adopts a holistic approach, appreciating that children may experience not only academic difficulties but may also have physical, emotional and social needs. There are complexities of need.

There are 4 broad areas of need, these are:

  1. Communication & Interaction
  2. Cognition & Learning
  3. Social, Emotional & Mental Health difficulties
  4. Sensory and/or Physical needs

The school premises are fully accessible for pupils with reduced/restricted mobility.
Specific Medical needs are discussed with parents/Carers/relevant medical agencies; this may result in some children having a medical plan to meet their needs.
Sensory/communication needs are discussed with the parents/Carers/relevant medical agencies, this may result in some children having an advice plan, which is updated annually to provide staff accurate information to support the child’s learning and/or additionally prescribed glasses or hearing aids.


Learning needs are often identified through-

Informal discussions between the class teacher and Inclusion Coordinator (InCo)

Parent’s/Carer’s concerns about their child’s progress

Termly progress meetings identifying a child’s needs

This may result in the child having an I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan)


Early intervention takes place whenever appropriate in Nursery, Foundation and Year 1. The InCo liaises closely with the Nursery department. Referrals, if required, are made to Early Years Inclusion Service.


Meeting these needs is, therefore, a shared responsibility, involving all staff, both teaching and non-teaching, parents/carers and, where necessary, the expertise and advice of external professionals e.g. E.P. (Educational Psychologist), Speech and Language therapists, HI (Hearing Impairment Team), VI (Visual Impairment Team), SEND Strategic Advice and Support Team, Communication Interaction Team (CIT), CITEY team, ATAN, MAST, EHCp Coordinators, EHAT Coordinators, Colleagues at Plymouth CDC, G.P.s, Health Visitors, CAMHs, The Gateway, Social Services, FIP, Family Support Advisors and the Local Authority.


For further information from the local authority please follow this link