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The Federation of St Edmund's and St Joseph's Catholic Primary Schools

St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Our SEND Offering

We believe that for all pupils to thrive, they require a safe, caring, and enriched environment in which they see themselves as successful learners. The majority of children make good progress through high quality teaching within the classroom. However, there are times when some pupils experience difficulties in their learning. This might be for a variety of reasons some of which will be temporary and others which may last throughout their school career.

St Joseph’s has a strong tradition of supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities. Staff have experience and training in the teaching of children with Speech and Language difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. The school is on a single level so is accessible for children with motor disabilities. Soundfield systems are fitted in classrooms those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Staff and children make use of Makaton signing to support those with speech and language difficulties.

When a pupil is not making expected progress, further assessments are carried out to identify where there are gaps in learning. A targeted plan of learning will then be developed, which will identify specific learning interventions that will be used to support the individual child. The progress of these interventions will be shared with parents and reviewed at least termly. This Assess, Plan, Do and Review process is referred to as the Graduated Approach.

Within school we have a range of expertise and interventions that will be used as appropriate to support children’s learning. The additional provision is managed by the Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENDCo), Mrs Lisa Gudgin, who can be contacted through the school office.

Information about SEND four areas of need


We feel it is vital that each pupil is aware of the progress they have made and what they need to do to achieve their new targets. Through the learning conversations which take place each term, pupils and parents are asked for their views and these are taken into consideration when planning the next steps for learning.


We recognise the roles and responsibilities of External Support Services in the identification, assessment and support of our pupils with Special Educational Needs.

We liaise closely with the following services to help us meet the more complex needs of our pupils

  • Advisory Teacher for Special Educational Needs-Specialist Education Service
  • Advisory Teacher for Visually Impaired
  • Advisory Teacher for deaf or hard of hearing
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Occupational Therapist
  • School Nursing service
  • Educational Welfare Officer
  • Suffolk County Council Children and Young People's Services


In the Summer term, prior to transition to high School, the needs of all pupils, including those with SEND are shared with key staff of the receiving school. Pupils have an opportunity to meet with staff and experience a range of visits prior to starting in September. An additional transition programme takes place tailored to the needs of the individual pupil. All records are then transferred to the high School.



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