Welcome to our SEND information page. We hope that you will find this information useful. We aim to describe the support available for your child in order that they are able to reach their full potential.

The Federation is committed to a policy of including all children, where the teaching and learning achievements, attitudes and well-being of all, matter.

We believe that all children, regardless of ability and behaviour, are valued equally. Children with SEND are not viewed as separate, but are part of the whole school approach, where different children’s needs are recognised and met through varied and flexible provision.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Joanne Campbell, supported by our Executive Headteacher, Mrs Brannen.

Our Governor with responsibility for SEND across the Federation is Ms Storey.

We actively encourage parents to support us with their child’s learning.  The effectiveness of provision for children and young people with SEND at Whalton is monitored by Mrs Campbell and Mrs Brannen on a termly basis, where together they review the interventions taking place and a written report is presented and discussed with the SEND Governor, before being submitted to the Full Governing Body. 

If you have any queries regarding SEND, please arrange an appointment to see Mrs Campbell in the first instance; you can organise this directly or through the School Office.

Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs Policy – this policy has been adopted from Northumberland County Council and will be updated with any changes as required.  

For your information:  A small incident slip will be sent home with any children who have minor injuries at school.

Please Note:  Only medications prescribed by your GP or clinician can be administered.

The Local Authority, Northumberland County Council, has a Local Offer** which has two key purposes:

  • To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available for young people with SEND
  • To make provision more responsive to local need and aspirations by directly involving young people with SEND, parents and carers and service providers in its development and review

**The Local Offer is essentially the provision available for young people with SEND (Special Education Needs / Disabilities). This requirement is laid out by the Children’s and Families Bill 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice January 2015.

For more information on the local authority’s local offer, click here:

Thrive Approach

We are using the ‘Thrive’ approach in our setting. Below is a link to the Thrive website.

“Every child needs to feel valued, involved and appreciated.

We know more now than ever before about what helps to develop healthy, curious minds and happy, confident and creative children.

If children have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods, Thrive helps us understand the needs being signalled by their behaviour and gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage.” (taken from the Thrive Approach Website)

SEND Code of Practice 0-25 Years

Regulation 51 and Schedule 1 of the SEND Regulations 2014

Privacy Policy

We regard your privacy as important and any personal information you give to us will be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulations.

We do not store personal information about individuals who visit this site except where they provide contact information via our contact us page and contact forms available on various pages throughout the website.

Any information you provide will only be used for the reasons specified and it will not be shared with any third party without your consent, unless required by law.

Your contact details are kept securely and are only accessed by authorised members of staff as part of the provision of school services. If you do not wish us to keep this contact information please tell us.

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This website contains links to other websites. The School is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites or organisations and recommends you consult the privacy information on those sites.

This policy will be reviewed and updated versions will be posted on the website.

If you have any questions about the use of your personal information, the Information Commissioner is the independent regulator for both Data Protection and Freedom of Information.