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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Wincobank Nursery and Infant School aims to be an educationally inclusive school in which the teaching, learning, achievements, attitudes and well-being of every young person matters.

The Inclusion Team has a vital role within the school. The Inclusion Team includes a Senior Learning Mentor and the Deputy Headteacher, who is also the Inclusion Manager. We also have an Attendance Worker and Teaching Assistants based in year groups and leading interventions.
Effective support for pupils develops from parents/carers and staff in school working in partnership through meetings, regular contact by phone and home visits. Children/young people and their parents/carers need to be involved in planning and making decisions about their education. Regular meetings are held with parents /carers of children/young people with SEND and Looked-After Children - with external agencies as appropriate - and including Annual Reviews for pupils with SEND.

Links with outside agencies, such as Learning Support, Health Visitor, Speech and Language Therapy, Hearing Service, Visual Service, MAST, CAMHS and Educational Psychologist are strong. There is partnership working with other schools – both mainstream and special schools. The Team is valued by pupils, staff and parents/carers. External views of the Team and its work have always been very positive. The most recent Ofsted Report stated:

“The care, guidance and support for pupils across the school are good, and the overwhelming majority of pupils say that they feel safe in school.”

Support offered by the Team includes:

  • In-class support from the Teaching Assistant Team
  • Withdrawal support for interventions to improve speaking, reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, thinking and memory skills, maths or to address physical or medical needs.
  • Support for children/young people experiencing emotional, social, and behavioural or health difficulties.
  • Lunchtime provision and support
  • Very occasionally, short-term arrangement of a part-time timetable
  • Support for staff on behaviour management, including individual advice, group discussion and Inset, working alongside the school's on-call system
  • Support for individuals from the Learning Mentor/Inclusion Manager either 1:1 or in small groups, often using solution-focused approaches and working to maximise the potential of each child/ young person and break down barriers to their learning
  • Support for groups with specific difficulties, e.g. anger management
  • Early identification of children/young people requiring additional support from agencies outside school, working alongside parents/ carers using the CAF process
  • Work with outside agencies for advice and to organise further support
  • Managing the safeguarding system including, child protection, using CAFs, acting as the Lead Professionals and attending multi-agency meetings – core group, Child in Need meetings and case conferences
  • Regular meetings with Health Visitors and Nurse
  • Supporting Looked-After children/young people in school, liaison with Social Workers around Personal Education Plans
  • Supporting new arrivals into school – providing tuition in basic English and targeted sessions to support the subjects of the curriculum
  • Development of strategies to improve attendance including a reward system for good attendance
  • First day phone calls regarding non-attendance
  • Home visits and telephone contact with families by a dedicated Attendance Worker to ensure attendance at school and arrange support for families where needed
  • Half-termly meetings with pupils whose attendance is 95% or less
  • Regular contact with parents/carers in meetings, by letter, text or phone

 Admission arrangements for SEND children

Children who have additional or special needs are taken through a comprehensive transition process to ensure they quickly settle into school and staff are fully aware of the individual needs.


Stage of SEND   School %   National %

EHC                    2%             1.3%

SEND support      23.6%         12.1%


For further information, please refer to our SEND, Disabilities Policy, and Accessibility Plan on the Policies Page or contact school and ask to speak with Mrs O'Malley our SENd lead or Miss Naylor our SEND deputy.

School Local Offer see document below

SEND Report see document below

Sheffield Local Offer

Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities