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"Pupils with SEND are well supported to make good progress from their starting point"

OFTSED July 2019


At Anfield Road we are committed to meeting the needs of all of our children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Our approach to SEND is to provide high quality first teaching with additional Interventions that are defined through our person-centred planning approach across the school. We frequently evaluate and review individual cases and these discussions help us to embed our high expectations amongst staff about quality first teaching and the application of a differentiated and personalised approach to teaching and learning. It is important for us to discuss the aspirations with ALL of our learners.


In addition to a wider inclusion and pastoral team, we have two experienced and dedicated SEND coordinators who coordinate the SEND provision across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and provide on going support and training for staff. All teachers and support staff who work with the pupils will be made aware of the children’s needs, the outcomes sought, the support provided and any teaching strategies or approaches that are required. 


We follow a graduated approach and a four part cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review. The class teachers work with the SEND coordinators to carry out a clear analysis of their pupil's needs. This includes:


  • The teacher's assessment and experience of the pupil
  • The child's previous progress, attainment and behaviour
  • Other teachers' assessments, where relevant
  • The individual's development in comparison to their peers and national data
  • The views and experience of the parents
  • The pupil's own views
  • Advice from external support services, if relevant 


"Teaching assistants across the school work effectively to support pupils with SEND and develop their understanding of English. They effectively support the development of phonics and speech and language." (OFSTED July 2019)


Considerable thought, planning and preparation goes into utilising our support staff to ensure children achieve the best outcomes, this includes for them to gain independence and key life skills. 


Children and young people's additional needs are generally thought of in the following four broad areas of need and support