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Our Approach to Teaching Children with SEN & How We adapt the Curriculum

At Woodthorpe Church of England Primary School,  we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children.


We are committed to ensure that all pupils:

  • Have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
  • Achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
  • Have teaching staff who are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
  • Gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
  • Are supported by parents/ carers, staff and relevant external agencies in order to meet their special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Who need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional) are identified at the earliest opportunity.
  • Receive suitable provision to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
  • Are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
  • Are encouraged to be independent, resilient and have a greater sense of self-worth.
  • Have an entitlement to celebrate their achievements.


Adaptions to the curriculum

We make the following adaptations to the curriculum to ensure all pupils’ needs are met:

  • Differentiating our curriculum to ensure all pupils are able to access it, for example, by grouping, 1:1 work, teaching style, content of the lesson, etc.
  • Adapting our resources and staffing
  • Using recommended aids, such as laptops, coloured overlays, visual timetables, larger font, etc.
  • Differentiating our teaching, for example, giving longer processing times, pre-teaching of key vocabulary, reading instructions aloud, visual cues to accompany verbal instruction.
The School SENDCo

Our school Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) is Mathew Windsor- mwindsor@woodthorpe.derbyshire.sch.uk 



Please click on the link to view the latest SEND Policy October 2020



Please click on the link to view the SEN Information Report 2020




Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – DIASS (formerly Parent Partnership) provide free, impartial and confidential information to parents and children and young people on issues around education, health and social care, relating to special education provision.  Please click here to see a DIASS Leaflet providing further information.  You may also like to visit their website at www.derbyshireiass.co.uk