Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability Information

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Middleforth C of E Primary School is an inclusive school, which offers a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum for all its pupils. Some children have a special educational need, which may be a learning difficulty, a health issue, a disability or social, emotional and mental health difficulty. Provision is made for children with special educational needs to accomodate their needs and give them access to all aspects of the curriculum. The school works within the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code Of Practice: 0-25 years (2014).

The school values the importance of early identification and working together with parents to ensure children have the opportunity to reach their potential, academically and socially.

For more information please see our 'Special Educational Needs Policy' by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.


SEND Coordinator: Mrs N Allton    


SEND Governors: Mrs N Tomlinson and Mrs Barrow


What is SEND?

The Code of Practice 2015 states that:

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

• has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions

Click on the links below to access the SEN and Disability Policy and the 'Local Offer' which gives children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their families information about what support services are available.

Information regarding admissions for children with special needs can be found at the top of this page under Admission Arrangements.

The Code of Practice is statutory guidance for organisations which work with and support children and young people who have special educational needs or disabilities.  The Code of Practice (Latest update) can be accessed by clicking the link here.  

Broad Areas of Need

There are four Broad Areas of Need:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Sensory and/or Physical
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) issues

Some children may have needs which fall into more than one category.  The categories are not used to define children but are instead used to plan the correct support/provision.  

Lancashire SEND Partnership

The Lancashire SEND Partnership was formed following the Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) joint inspection of our special educational needs and disability (SEND) services.

The partnership brings together all the agencies in Lancashire which provide the SEND services for children, young people, their parents and carers. It ensures everybody can work together to deliver the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.


What is a 'Local Offer'?

The Local Offer is a collection of information about the facilities and agencies available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  The information is intended to provide parents with more information about the places where they can find support for their children and young people with SEND.  It also serves to enable agencies to work together through signposting parents to different types of support.  Click on the image below to visit the Lancashre Local Offer.  The school supports the local offer through the information given in the SEN Information Report which sets out what the school can offer pupils with SEN:

Click here to access Lancashire Local Offer

Parent Support

Family Information Network Directory (FIND) 


Here you will find support and information for families. 

There is a also a termly newsletter with news and events for families with children with SEND. 

SEND Newsletters 

SEND Newsletter Summer 2023

SEND Newsletter Autumn 2023

SEND Newsletter Winter 2023


If you find your child is struggling to manage their ANGER or ANXIETY take a look at the files below. Please come into school and speak to us if you need support with managing your child's emotions or behaviour.


Does your child have an Autistic Spectrum Condition?  Click here to access OJs - a registered charity which supports children and families with ASD.

Do you need advice on Mental Health?   Click the link to find out more:


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There is also the Lancashire Version 'Healthy Young Minds' which contains useful links and resources:



Does your child have ADHD? Support and advice is available from:

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Files to Download

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Middleforth Primary School

Hill Road South
Off Marshall's Brow

T: 01772 746024

E: bursar@middleforth.lancs.sch.uk

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