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St Paul's Church of England Primary School


St. Paul's Primary School is a semi-rural church school which serves the villages of Hoddlesden, Waterside, Pickup Bank and the town of Darwen for children aged 4 to 11.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Mr Jason Newsham
Contact Position
01254 701940

Where to go

Hoddlesden St. Paul's CE Primary School
Bayne Street
This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Contact Name
Mr Jason Newsham
Contact Telephone
01254 701940
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
Parents & carers
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by, the school/setting?

We have access to and work in partnership with:

Blackburn with Darwen SEND Support Team who have a range of professionals who can give advice and support on a number of areas including Physical Disabilities, Autism, Inclusion and SEMH:

  • Educational Psychologist who may give advice or undertake more specialised assessments
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • ASD team - The team can support children that have a Autistic diagnosis or those with Autistic traits.
  • Children's counselling service 
  • Physical development - The team can support children that may have a physical impairment/need.
  • Speech & Language Therapy Team who can advise upon whether a child would benefit from an assessment and can advise on programmes of support for speech and language development
  • School Nurse who can advise and assess medical needs and support the development of a health care plan
  • Well-being team - We partner with a company called Well-being Warriors who focus on the well-being and personal development of children.
What training and experience have the staff supporting children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities had, or are having?

As a school we ensure that all staff are regularly trained to support children with SEND:

  • Three yearly Emergency First Aid at school training
  • Paediatric First Aid training
  • Medical training for conditions e.g. Asthma
  • Medical training for conditions as needed e.g. Stoma bags, Epi-Pens
  • Autism Training
  • PIVATs
  • Talk Boost
  • Project X
  • Write Dance - Gross Motor
  • Clever Fingers - Fine Motor
  • ELKLAN - Speech and Language 
  • ELSA - Emotion literacy support
  • Attachment disorder training
How do you know if my child/young person needs extra help?

At. St. Paul's school we feel it is important to identify pupils with SEND as early as possible and to act upon this to support children to make the best progress possible.

We know if a pupil needs help if ...

  • Concerns are raised by a teacher or parent
  • Limited progress is being made
  • Attainment is significantly below those expected for a child of a similar age
  • There is a change in a child's behaviour

When children enter school in EYFS every child's Speech and Language skills/development is assessed by an independent Speech and Language therapist. This allows us to identify children's needs as early as possible. During the year children are assessed using a range of assessments. Such as;

  • British Picture Vocabulary Scale
  • LUCID assessment
  • Whiterose assessments 
  • Physical development and occupational assessmets
  • GL Group Reading Test
  • YARC Reading test

At specific points during your child's education they will take part in statutory assessments as well as specific screening programmes.

These can also be used to help identify an additional need.

What should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

If you have any concerns about your child's progress at school you are urged to discuss this with your child's class teacher.

Following this you may also need to meet with the SENCo to discuss support options. The SENCO and Headteacher are always available at parents evenings.

If your child is identified as having SEND, they will be placed on the school's SEND record and a Pupil Support Plan (PSP) will be developed to support your child. 

If your child needs a statutory assessment from the Local Authority, all the relevant paperwork from all professionals working with your child would be submitted by the school after meeting with parents.  

It would be for the Local Authority to decide if  an Educational, Health Care Plan is issued.

How will staff support my child/young person?

At St. Paul's we are committed to giving our children every opportunity to reach their potential.

We do this by

  • first quality teaching to meet the needs or all learners
  • offering an engaging curriculum that is differentiated by class teachers to meet the specific needs of children in their class
  • There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) or a Special Support Assistant (SSA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group
  • Children will be part of a plan do assess review cycle

Children with SEND may be given a Personal Support Plan (PSP). This will outline objectives for your child and should identify any additional support your child may receive in school.

All of the above would be discussed between the teacher, child and parent/carer.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Our teachers differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of individual children within the class.

For all children with Special Educational Needs, the class teacher will make special, additional arrangements in the class:

  • This may involve a special programme of work, modified tasks, different seating arrangements or extra adult support
  • Some children may work in a small group for Literacy or Numeracy
  • Some children with SEND may be supported 1:1 by an adult
  • We act on the advice or support programmes provided by BwD specialists and external agencies to support children with SEND

For most children, the class teacher and SENCo will make more detailed arrangements for a programme of support, including a Pupil Support Plan (PSP) which will be written by the class teacher.

How will teaching approaches be modified to support my child/young person?

Quality teaching is at the heart of learning for all children at our school.

This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children, with a curriculum that is differentiated and matched to learning needs. 

Our classes are supported by Teaching Assistants and children are also offered additional one to one tuition, small group work or catch up programmes where needed, to help them achieve their targets.

The progress and attainment of all pupils is reviewed every term by the School Leadership Team at which time provision may be adjusted to meet identified needs.

All Intervention is monitored and reviewed to ensure progress is being made.

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing?

At St. Paul's the progress of all pupils is carefully tracked and monitored on a regular basis.

  • Your child's progress will be discussed at two Parents Evenings.
  • Reports are sent out yearly detailing your child's progress, as well as their overall attitude to learning.
  • The reports also include an overview your child's attainment compared to national expectations.
  • Children with SEND have their own objectives and progress towards the PSP objectives are discussed with parents.
  • The SENco holds drop in sessions throughout the year
How will you help me to support my child/young person's learning?

We encourage parents and carers to work with us and support any interventions that your child may undertake. 

  • We offer an open door policy, where parents can make an appointment to speak to the class teacher or SENCo about the support they are recieving
  • Class teachers send a summary copy of the topics home at the beginning of each half term
  • A topic grid is sent home so that parents and carers can support their child at home
  • Our school holds information sessions for parents on approaches to phonics, reading and the key stage SATS assessments.
  • The SEND area of the website contains information and activities to support your child at home. This is updated regularly. 
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall wellbeing?

The well-being of all children is central to our mission statement.

St Paul's school is a nurturing community with a strong Christian ethos.

All children are taught about bullying, friendships and staying safe through a combination of age-appropriate PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) lessons, daily whole-school worship and an annual visit from the Life Education Van

Should you have any concerns about your child then we would encourage you to speak to their class teacher so that any issues or concerns can be addressed.

All children are encouraged to tell someone if they feel there are any issues, not just impacting on them but on their peers.

What activities will be available for my child/young person?

Activities and school visits are available to all children:

  • All educational visits are risk assessed and measures are put in place to ensure that all children can participate.
  • Every year we take our Year 6 pupils on an adventure experience to Robinwood.
  • There is a wide range of after school and lunch time clubs on offer throughout the year for all pupils in school.
  • Each term, there are educational activates that happen in school which link to the children's learning. This could be, African drumming, Chinese dance workshops or Black History month drama workshops. These are all tailored to meet the needs of every child.
  • There are a wide range of after school clubs including, arts & crafts, football, netball, dodgeball, boccia (SEND) and more. These clubs change termly.
  • School also provides a before and after school club, 'Go Beyond'. The club provides the children a range of activities delivered by trained staff as well as a qualified sports coach.
How will you prepare and support my child/young person during transitions?

We have close links with local nursery providers and our staff visit nursery settings prior to children starting in our Reception class so that we can prepare for any specific needs a child may have.

Children are invited to induction visits in the summer term. There are a number of induction/information meetings for Reception parents before the children start and early in the Autumn term.

For children moving between year groups and key stages we have a 'moving up' day in the summer term.

We have good working relationships with the local high schools and all  of the children have the opportunity to visit the schools in the summer term.

We ensure that any social, emotional and academic needs are discussed with the high schools before the children leave Y6.

The SENCo from the high school is invited to SEN review meetings in a child's transition year.

How are resources and equipment allocated and matched to my child's/young person's needs?

Resources are allocated based on pupil's needs and within the boundaries of funding and equity:

  • For SEND pupils, schools receive an amount of funding per pupil.
  • Additionally, High Needs funding for pupils with an Education Health Care Plan is available for certain pupils.
  • Individual Pupil Premium payments are used to support that pupil's learning.
  • There is a school SEND budget which is allocated each financial year to help support children with SEND.
How are decisions made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

The SEN budget for each school is allocated each financial year.

The money is used to provide additional support or resources dependant on the individual's needs.

When a child joins the school the support is allocated based on the information we receive from the previous school/setting.

The teaching staff and SENCO allocate Teaching Assistant/ Special Support Assistant time to individuals or small groups in class. This may include other interventions/resources specific to the child's needs.

Additional provision may be allocated after discussion with the class teacher at pupil progress meetings or if a concern is raised at any other time in the year.

We are flexible and will change the support needed in order to reflect a child's changing needs.

The school, in consultation with parents/carers will make the decision how much and what type of support your child will receive.

Parents/carers will know the support their child is receiving through their PSP.